Hooper Undergraduate Research Award

Purpose

The intent of the Hooper Undergraduate Research Award (HURA) is to encourage greater participation of undergraduate students from all disciplines in research, scholarly, and creative activities supervised by a faculty mentor.

Eligibility

You must:

  • be a full-time undergraduate in good standing both at the time of application and during the semester(s) in which the project is funded (academic program requests for an exception may be considered)
  • be enrolled for both the fall and spring semesters of the award year (no December graduates)

Award

  • The maximum award is $3,500.
  • HURA recipients must register for at least one hour of academic credit in undergraduate research, independent study, field work, or another appropriate course every semester that they receive HURA funding, including summer session II, if applicable.
  • Compensation for student personnel is $10/hour.

Application process

The 2014-15 HURA application portfolios will be accepted beginning February 1, 2014. 

The deadline for submitting proposals is 7:59 am, Friday, February 28, 2014.

Proposal Development Information Session for HURA Grants (optional)

If you’re interested in applying to the HURA program, you are strongly encouraged—but not required—to attend a proposal preparation information session.  These are listed on the COURS seminar schedules each semester (Fall 2014 schedule is not yet available).

Program guidelines and application instructions

You should thoroughly review the information found in the HURA Request for Proposals (RFP) and understand all application requirements  

A summary of the application information is available here.

The student’s application portfolio, including the faculty mentor recommendation, is submitted using a two-step email process.  

  1. Student downloads 2014-15 application forms (see below) and saves these to his/her computer
  2. Student creates a single Word document that includes the cover Sheet, project description/narrative, resume(s) timeline, and budget with justification.
  3. Student sends this completed Word document and a PDF of his/her current transcript to the faculty mentor.
  4. Faculty mentor reviews the application, completes the faculty mentor recommendation section of the application, and saves the document as a PDF.
  5. Faculty mentor forwards the application portfolio (the proposal PDF and the current unofficial transcript PDF) to ug-research@nau.edu with "HURA Application" in the subject line.

It is the responsibility of the student applicant to send all materials to the faculty mentor in sufficient time so that the mentor can complete their review and recommendation prior to the deadline.

Application forms

The 2014-15 application forms below should be downloaded and saved to your computer. The Application and Budget forms must be combined into a single MS Word document for the mentor's review.  The faculty mentor will then complete the recommendation section of the Cover Sheet and save the proposal as a PDF.   

If formatting becomes problematic on the application template, the form protection (it is not password-protected) may be removed as follows: In Word, on the Review tab, click on Protect Document, then “Restrict Formatting and Editing.”  Then click on “stop protection.”  No need to put protection back on, as it will be saved as a PDF prior to submission.

2013-14 HURA Final Report due 5/10/14

  • Description extent to which the goals and objectives of the project have been achieved
  • Description of the outcomes/results of the project and how they were disseminated
  • Statement describing the benefits to the student of participation in the research project
  • Summary of how funds were used (e.g., budget vs. actual)
  • Summary of the departmental and/or other contributions to the project
  • Photos of you working on your project, or presenting your results, if available
  • Completion of online questionnaire about your HURA experience
  • 2013-14 Budget template (.xlsx) - if needed for budget modification requests

Recent awards

Browse through our recently funded projects from academic years 2009-2014. 

Katelynn Jenkins
Katelynn Jenkins, with co-researcher Michael Johnson, study aspen regeneration and stand dynamics on the Schultz Fire, Coconino National Forest, with funded by a 2012-13 HURA grant.