Applications for the Autumn 2020 Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Research Scholarship (URS) competition will be available soon. To be eligible, students must:
- You must be an undergraduate enrolled in a major program in the College of Arts and Sciences. (Please note: Arts majors working on a creative or research project should apply for the Arts Undergraduate Research Scholarship rather than the general URS available through this application.
- Preference will be given to projects that will result in an undergraduate thesis. All projects should represent a significant research project.
- You must have attained junior standing at the time of the award (Spring Semester 2021).
- Students who will receive their bachelor’s degrees at the conclusion of Autumn Semester 2020 are not eligible for the URS.
- If you received a URS award through the Spring 2020 competition, you are not eligible to apply for the URS through the Autumn 2020 competition as well.
Awards generally range from $500 to $12,000 and are applied toward university tuition and fees (your statement of account) for Spring Semester 2021. Any amount remaining after university fees have been paid will go directly to you at the beginning of Spring Semester 2021, except as noted in the next section, "Funding Conditions." Awards will be determined based on merit review criteria
The deadline for applications for the Autumn 2020 competition will be in October 29, 2020. The Research Scholarships Subcommittee of the ASC Honors Committee will be responsible for reviewing proposals and assigning the awards in late December 2020. The application must be completed by a student in the College of Arts and Sciences. The information provided should include a project proposal of not more than 5 typewritten double-spaced pages, a maximum of 1,250 words. More information is available in the application.
We will not be taking applications for the Autumn 2020 Arts and Sciences International Research Grant competition this year due to COVID-19. Please check back again in December 2020 for the Spring 2021 IRG competition.
PROJECT ADVISOR RECOMMENDATION LETTER
COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES
AUTUMN 2020 COMPETITION
UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH SCHOLARSHIP
(URS for Undergraduates in Arts and Sciences)
DEADLINES: For application October 29, 2020
For recommendation October 29, 2020
Since each applicant is an academically talented student, your careful assessment of the significance and feasibility of this student’s contributions and project and of his/her ability to complete it is very important to the Honors Committee's evaluation of the proposals. Please send a letter that addresses the items listed below to the Arts and Sciences Honors Office via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) by October 29, 2020.
1. What is the significance of the proposed project and the student’s contributions?
2. Given a time period of one semesters (i.e., the scholarship period, which Spring 2021) and the potential resources available, is this project feasible? Also, if applicable, please address if IRB or IACUC approval is needed (or has already been submitted or obtained).
3. How well prepared is the student to undertake the project?
4. Are you willing to commit yourself to, and does your schedule permit, supervision of the project throughout the scholarship period (Spring 2021 semester)?
5. Please address the issue of the relative independence of the project with regard to your own research.
6. If the student has previously received funding for his or her work on this project, please address details such as what that funding supported, how well the project has progressed, and why additional funding would be appropriate for this student.
7. Any additional comments you feel the committee would find helpful.
Eligibility to Apply
- Do I have to be in the Honors Program to apply?
- Do I have to be pursuing a major in the College of Arts and Sciences to apply?
- Does my project advisor have to be an Ohio State faculty member?
- Do I have to be planning to travel internationally (related to my research) to apply for the IRG?
- If I am graduating at the end of this semester, can I apply for the URS or IRG during this semester?
No. The funding is designed to support continuing or future undergraduate research. Once you have graduated, you are no longer an undergraduate. (As a result, students graduating at the end of Spring Semester 2020 (for example) are not eligible to apply for funding through the Spring 2020 competition.)
- Do I have to be working on a thesis to apply?
No, but projects that will lead to a thesis will generally be given preference. If you have not considered making your research project into a thesis, discuss it with your project advisor. Information about the thesis can be found at http://artsandsciences.osu.edu/academics/current-students/advising-academics/graduation or at http://aschonors.osu.edu/honors/research-thesis for students in the Honors Program.
- Can I apply if my project does not have any costs associated with it?
Yes, you are welcome to apply for the URS. The URS is designed to be applied to your tuition, fees, room, and board, to reduce the cost of your education and enable you to have more time to spend on your research (rather than working at a job, for instance). The scholarship is not necessarily designed to cover costs associated with your project. (That said, if you are already receiving scholarship and/or grant aid that covers your full cost of attendance, you would only be eligible to receive additional funding to cover your own out-of-pocket expenses associated with your research. Therefore, if you are already receiving scholarship and/or grant aid that covers your full cost of attendance, you should not apply unless you have costs associated with your research that you (personally) will be responsible for paying.)
- If I am already receiving scholarship or grant aid that covers my entire cost of attendance (tuition, fees, room, and board), can I still apply for these awards?
Yes. That said, you will only be eligible to receive funding beyond the cost of attendance to cover documented out-of-pocket expenses (for which you personally will be responsible) related to your research. In this situation, you will need to submit a Cost of Attendance Appeal to Student Financial Aid to request an increase in your cost of attendance limit. If you do not have any costs associated with your research that you will be responsible for paying, you should not apply for these awards.
Timing of Funding
- If I am awarded the URS, when will I receive it?
If you entered the Autumn competition, you will receive your scholarship as part of the following Spring Semester’s financial aid disbursal. If you entered the Spring competition, you will receive your scholarship as part of your financial aid for the terms you designate over the following academic year (Summer, Autumn, and/or Spring). Typically, those awarded scholarships through the Spring competition will receive half of the scholarship in the following Autumn and half in the following Spring.
- If I am awarded the IRG, when will I receive it?
As soon as possible after awards are announced and after you have enrolled in Ohio State’s Supplemental Travel Insurance (which is required in order to receive the IRG).
Funding Conditions – Enrollment Requirements
- Do I have to be enrolled full time during the terms I would receive the URS?
Yes, unless you ask for and are granted a special exception. Special exceptions to the full-time enrollment requirement are typically only considered when you are anticipating a heavy research emphasis during the funding term, and the exception will usually result in a reduction in your award based on the actual number of credit hours in which you are enrolled.
- Do I have to be enrolled full time in order to receive the IRG?
Applying More Than Once
- Can I apply for the URS more than once?
Yes. However, you are more likely to be awarded a more significant scholarship if you apply later in your undergraduate career (in your third or fourth year) when your research project is more fully developed. Also, you should be aware that the committee that reviews applications will take into consideration whether you have received the scholarship previously.
Please note that if you receive a scholarship through the Spring URS competition, you should not also apply for the Autumn URS competition that immediately follows it. These competitions provide funding for the same academic year and should be considered mutually exclusive (you can apply for one or the other, but not both).
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