Spring 2017 Student Research Proposals

Proposal process for undergraduate research and funding for the spring semester.

The College will contribute up to $1,750 maximum for each approved proposal.  The Unit must agree to contribute at least $250.

Proposal Submission Deadline

Complete and submit the Spring 2017 research proposal form (.docx), with all signatures, to Richard J. Rateau, Ph.D. at or 110 Ag Administration Building by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, December 2, 2016.

Proposal Objectives and Criteria

The overall objectives of this process are to develop undergraduate student research projects and provide funding to help support this research. This is an educational opportunity for students and the research proposal is to be a student-generated effort. The student must be involved in all aspects of project design and proposal writing.  The proposal must be written by the student.

Students and supervising faculty - Please note, that by signing the research proposal you attest that the proposal as written is an original student developed work and does not contain in-whole or in-part sections of written material from previously submitted grants, reviews, or published material that would constitute plagiarism.

Funds for the Undergraduate Student Research program are supported by the College offices of Undergraduate and Graduate Education and the academic unit. Project funding shall be appropriately awarded to students enrolled in the College of Agricultural Sciences, who are working with faculty in the College of Agricultural Sciences.

Criteria for Participation

  • The student and supervising faculty member jointly develop the research for credit proposal (course numbers 296 or 496). The student must be registered for Independent Studies (296 or 496) before funds can be transferred if proposal is approved. 
  • The unit leader must agree to contribute at least $250.  
  • The student may submit only one proposal per semester.
  • The student must receive a grade for the work.
  • A maximum of two (2) proposals per faculty member will be funded.
  • The student and adviser shall preserve academic integrity during the research process.
  • The student and faculty adviser must prepare a "poster session" exhibit for the Gamma Sigma Delta Undergraduate Research Exposition or the Penn State Research Expo. 

Request for Funds

NOTE: The primary use of funds will be to provide for student wages. Funds for student wages must not exceed $1,750 and a maximum of $500 can be expended on supplies and travel. Travel expenses will be considered for actual data collection only. You must present an itemized budget of $2,000 or less in your research proposal. Your itemized budget should include an estimate of labor hours and hourly wage rate.

Failure to complete the above requirements may result in approved funding for undergraduate research being withdrawn.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a basic guiding principle for all academic activity at The Pennsylvania State University, and all members of the University community are expected to act in accordance with this principle.  This principle will be held to a high standard and any arising issues will be dealt with accordingly.

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Deadline is Friday December 2, 2016