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 2017-18 HURA application portfolios will be accepted beginning February 1, 2017.
The deadline for submitting proposals is 11:59 pm, Tuesday, March 1, 2017.
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 1, 2016 and February 28, 2017.
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 (RFP available November 1, 2016)
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 2017-18 application forms (see below) and saves these to his/her computer
- Student creates a single Word document that includes the 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.
- NEW: Student registers the HURA application online on SelectSurvey: http://bit.ly/2f9wJD6 during the application period (February 1 - March 1).
- 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.
Application forms (available November 1, 2017)
The 2017-18 application forms below should be downloaded and saved to your computer. The Application Portfolio 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 Application Portfolio and save the Word document as a PDF.
- 2017-18 Application Portfolio template (.docx) NOTE: The Recommendation Form and Timeline template are all included in this document.
- 2017-18 Budget template (.xlsx)
- 2017-19 Online application registration form required information (.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 2016-17 Grant Recipients Required Project Reports
It is the responsibility of the 2016-17 HURA grant recipients to file these required project reports in a timely manner.
Interim progress report (due 90 days after commencement of
the work, but no later than November 30, 2016)
- Use the template provided here
- Describe and assess progress toward outcomes compared to
timeline included in application
- Review (and revise) project timeline and/or budget, if warranted (2016-17 Budget template)
- Photos of you working on your project, if available
Final report (due no later than May 7, 2017)
- 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
- 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
- Photos of you working on your project, or presenting your
results, if available
- Online questionnaire
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