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Bates Student Research Fund

The Bates Student Research Fund assists individual students in their efforts to gain research experience during their under-graduate years. The following guidelines apply.

FUNDS AVAILABLE
Students may apply for competitive grants of $50 to $300 to support their own research. These efforts must be associated with curricular programs including:
a) senior thesis;
b) independent study (360 or s50);
c) independent, individualized research within the context of
an academic course.

ELIGIBILITY
All Bates students are encouraged to apply. At least fifty awards are granted each year. Students working on group projects may submit group applications. Qualified students may receive more than one grant per year, though preference is given to students who have not received previous funding in the academic year.  These requests for additional funding will not be considered until the last round in April.

USE OF BATES STUDENT RESEARCH FUNDS
Students may request funds for purposes that pertain directly to their specific research project goals or to sharing the results of their research with others. Some examples include: visiting places or collections where relevant materials are available, such as museums, libraries, or national laboratories; interviewing primary sources to supplement on-campus research; compensating subjects who participate in research studies; buying software packages or databases not otherwise available on campus; covering transportation and other costs associated with presenting research results at national or regional conferences.

Funds may not be applied to regular course supplies (such as textbooks, art supplies, consumable supplies), inter-library loan fees, or supplies normally purchased by the department. Funds may not be used to support the ongoing expenses of a faculty research laboratory, to produce the thesis document, or to purchase personal gear (hiking boots, packs, etc.).

GRANT SCHEDULES
Application deadlines have been designed to make funds available to students when they are beginning to design semester- or year-long projects. Awards are announced within three weeks of the application deadline.

Applications are due
• October 1 • December 1
• February 2 • April 23 

The ending date of the project must be stated on the application. Funds awarded but not spent in the time period determined by the student and indicated on the application are returned to the budget and made available to other students.

REVIEW PROCESS
Grant applications are reviewed by a committee of faculty members that assesses their merits and determines the amount of funding.

The following criteria are used in making awards:
1. Is the application complete? Is the abstract clear and
concise?
2. Is the project well-defined and realistic?
3. Is there an appropriate faculty sponsor and has he or she
provided a written endorsement of the project?
4. Is the budget itemized and reasonable?
5. Do the funds requested reflect the kind of support which will
make a difference in the project?
6. Do the funds requested meet expenses which are not
covered by the department?
7. Can the project be completed in the amount of time
specified?

Since funds for student research are limited and demand for support is high, this program is competitive. Students are encouraged to consult the “Tips for Successful Grantwriting,” and to prepare the most complete and concise proposal possible.

ANIMAL CARE COMMITTEE/IRB REVIEW
Students whose projects involve the use of animal or human subjects must indicate, on the application form and in the narrative, if their project was subject to review by the Animal Care Committee or the Institutional Review Board, and if so, whether the project was approved.

APPLICATIONS
Applications are available from the Office of the Dean of the Faculty (Lane Hall)  or here: BSRF Application. Applications must include 1) the title of your project 2) a one paragraph abstract of the project written for the general reader, 3) a brief narrative description of the project, and 4) a detailed budget. In the narrative, describe the project and explain how Bates Research funds will support your research efforts. The abstract and narrative should be clearly marked to indicate what it is. Please be concise and protect the environment: do not exceed two (2) pages double-spaced for your narrative.  Abstract and budget may be separate. Please TOTAL your budget.PLEASE submit your ORIGINAL PAPERWORK AND 4 COPIES of the APPLICATION FORM AND 4 COPIES of the ENTIRE PROPOSAL for a TOTAL OF 5 COMPLETE PACKETS.

GRANTEE RESPONSIBILITIES
Students who receive Bates Student Research Fund grants should contact the Office of the Dean of the Faculty (121 Lane Hall) for information on obtaining reimbursements. No reimbursements for expenses can be secured without receipts. Grantees are expected to keep accurate records of expenses and to submit receipts to the Office of the Dean of the Faculty.  Read carefully the guidelines for reimbursement, there have been changes, especially regarding human subjects reimbursements.

Funds remaining at the conclusion of the project are returned to the BSRF budget.

Supported by the President, the Natt Family Fund, the Sargent Student Research Fund, the Dr. Jason M. Tanzer Fund, the Aaron R. Winkler ‘92 Fund for Biology Research, and the Anthony B. and Raeflyn Support for Research during the Academic Year R. Pelliccia Fund for Student Research.


TIPS FOR SUCCESSFUL GRANTWRITING

GRANT REIMBURSEMENT GUIDELINES

 


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