Faculty Summer Research Information


Faculty Information

Proposal, Outcomes, and Faculty Responsibilities

To be considered for one of these grants the student and faculty mentor each need to submit the appropriate online application form.

Complete the Faculty Application

The faculty proposal must achieve the following:

  1. Explain how the project will meet the research goals and outcomes detailed below
  2. Describe the nature of the student responsibilities and activities in the project
  3. Explain how the project will meet the expected student learning outcomes detailed below
  4. Explain the faculty responsibilities. The Faculty responsibilities must include an evaluation and feedback plan and mentoring model (information below)—this section will be used to determine faculty stipend.

Faculty who are working with multiple students can opt to submit one application per student, or one application per project, as they see fit. Any of the four sections of the faculty application can be co-written with the student but must be submitted on the faculty application. There is no “save draft” function; once you click “Submit” your application will be submitted.

Grant-awarded faculty must also participate in weekly interdisciplinary research meetings based on their particular field of study. The mentoring model deemed appropriate for each project dictates meeting attendance and participation (see below in “Mentoring Models”). At submission please check one of four boxes, representing multiple fields of study: Science and Math, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Fine Arts and Humanities, and Professional.

Mentoring Models

There are three different models of mentoring undergraduate research. Please indicate in your proposal which model best describes the work you’ll be doing this summer with your student. Ranges of support are given for each model and will depend on faculty self-report of effort and number of students supervised.

  • Independent Researcher Model: The faculty mentor periodically advises the student on a project that is by and large the student's idea and effort. Minimum of bi-weekly student/mentor meetings; attend and participate in minimum of 2 interdisciplinary meetings. Stipends range from $500–$1000.
  • Student-Faculty Team Model, part time: The faculty mentor is a collaborator who is engaged in the project along with a student or students providing consistent, but periodic, supervision and feedback on the work and/or ideas. Minimum of weekly student/mentor meetings; attend and participate in a minimum of 4 interdisciplinary meetings. Stipends range from $1000–$2000.
  • Student-Faculty Team Model, full time: The faculty mentor is a collaborator who is engaged in the project along with students providing consistent supervision, multiple times a week (e.g. due to difficult technical or safety needs) and feedback on the work and/or ideas. Attend a minimum of 6 interdisciplinary meetings. Stipends range from $2000–$3000.

Faculty and/or students working remotely must commit to the equivalent meeting time and style for any of these models using appropriate technology (Skype, etc.).

The goal here is to evaluate all of the applications to make sure that the applicants have addressed the criteria put forth in the application process. We would like to fund as many projects as we can, but ideally, everything we fund should at least “somewhat” address all of the criteria, and clearly address most of them. For each application you review, fill out the rubric and bring it to the meeting.

Faculty Application
Research Outcomes
  • Well-defined objectives and methods
  • Substantial contact with the literature
  • Potential for original intellectual or creative contribution to the discipline
Student Learning Outcomes
  • Positive student learning outcomes, emphasizing one or more College Wide Learning Goals
  • Training in the research methods and analysis applicable to the specific project
  • Both oral and written presentation of information
  • Clearly communicated purpose
  • Project evaluation and feedback plan from faculty mentor
Student Application
  • Student's answer to the question “What is the primary reason you are interested in conducting research and participating in this summer undergraduate research program?” demonstrates an understanding of scholarship in their field and its value to their education.
  • Student's description of their “research interests and skills that are relevant to this research project, including any past research experience” demonstrates some specific interest and some research, or research-related experience.
  • Student's “discussion of your post-graduation plans and how your participation in this research program will help with these plans” demonstrates an understanding of how research fits into their career plans.
Faculty Mentoring Models

There are three different models of mentoring undergraduate research. Please indicate in your proposal which model best describes the work you’ll be doing this summer with your student. Ranges of support are given for each model and will depend on faculty self-report of effort and number of students supervised.

Independent Researcher Model

The faculty mentor periodically advises the student on a project that is by and large the student's idea and effort. Stipends range from $500–$1,000.

Student-Faculty Team Model, Part-Time

The faculty mentor is a collaborator who is engaged in the project along with a student or students providing consistent, but periodic, supervision and feedback on the work and/or ideas. Stipends range from $1,000–$2,000.

Student-Faculty Team Model, Full-Time

The faculty mentor is a collaborator who is engaged in the project along with students providing consistent, daily supervision (e.g. due to difficult technical or safety needs) and feedback on the work and/or ideas. Stipends range from $2,000–$3,000.

Faculty Application

Field of Study

Address the project goal and research outcomes (500-1000 words accessible to a general academic audience)

Describe the student responsibilities and activities in the project, and the expected student learning outcomes

Describe the faculty responsibilities, an evaluation and feedback plan, and mentoring model

Does your project specifically pertain to the Great Salt Lake? (required)