Hooper Undergraduate Research Award
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.
- 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)
- 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
The 2016-17 HURA application portfolios will be accepted beginning February 1, 2016.
The deadline for submitting proposals is 11:59 pm, Tuesday, March 1, 2016.
Proposal Development Information Tutorial for HURA Grants (optional)
If you’re interested in applying for a HURA grant, you are strongly encouraged—but not required—to request access to our online tutorial available in BbLearn with tips and advice about preparing a competitive proposal.
The module is available between November 23, 2015 and February 29, 2016.
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and provide us with your user ID (e.g., abc123). Once received, we will manually add you to that mini-course.
Program guidelines and application instructions
You should thoroughly review the
information found in the HURA Request for Proposals (RFP) and
understand all application requirements. If you are proposing a project that involves human subjects, please be sure to pay critical attention to the IRB special instructions.
The student’s application portfolio, including the
faculty mentor recommendation, is submitted using a two-step email
- Student downloads 2016-17 application forms (see below) and saves these to his/her computer
- Student creates a single Word document that includes the cover sheet, project description/narrative, timeline, resume(s), and budget with justification.
- Student sends this completed Word document and a PDF of his/her current transcript to the faculty mentor.
- Faculty mentor reviews the application, completes the faculty mentor recommendation section of the application, and saves the document as a PDF.
- Faculty mentor forwards the application portfolio (the proposal PDF and the current unofficial transcript PDF) to email@example.com 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.
The 2016-17 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.
For 2015-16 Grant Recipients: HURA Final Report due 5/8/16
- The required sections of the Final Report are listed on the last page of the 2015-16 RFP (link provided below); send the document via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Use the Budget template for budget modification requests: 2015-16 Budget template
- The Request for Proposals (RFP) is available for your reference in establishing budget amounts: Request for Proposals (RFP)
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