URSCA Research 

Due to the COVID-19 University Modified Conditions, the Institutional Review Board (IRB) governing all UVU research has implemented new mitigation strategies.  Please review the IRB mitigation strategies during Covid-19 fact sheet prior to preparing your application.

Please be aware that all student applications are required to be written by the STUDENT in the students own words and voice in order to be eligible for consideration.

Undergraduate Research Scholarly and Creative Activities (URSCA) is an undergraduate research program at UVU. Upper-division students work with faculty mentors to conduct in-depth research or creative work related to their chosen field of study. This program provides funding to support completion of these projects.
(URSCA Grants may only be applied for by current UVU students.)

Research Funds will be awarded five times each year on a competitive basis. Funds awarded in October, November, February and March must be used by June 30 of each academic year.  Funds awarded in April will be available for the next academic year starting on July 1.  There are two options for research funding available:

  1. Individual conducting research - Up to $2,000
  2. Student Team conducting research - UP to $3,000

Awards may be used for travel, supplies, or student hourly wages. Proposals will be reviewed by the Scholarly and Creative Activities Council to select awardees.

 Students awarded funding are required to submit a final report within their ZEngine application by August 30, of the same academic year.  Applying to present the research at a discipline-specific, institutional, regional, national or international conference is also required. 

Application Instructions:  

  1. All applications will be submitted via the ZEngine application portal and includes your abstract and budget request.  Only the completed electronic ZEngine application will be considered for award.  No hard copies will be accepted. Below is the link to apply.  You will need to download the budget form to complete and then upload it to your application.
  2. The SCAC Committee has a minium of two weeks to review all applications, after which a meeting to discuss and select awardee's takes place. Once awardees are selected, all applicants will be notified via email regarding the outcome, in addition to seeing the status within the application itself on ZEingine.
  3. You are required to meet with your Deans Financial Manager to review your completed budget request form for approval, prior to submitting your application.  Financial managers will not sign your application if you do not complete this step. This form is required and must be submitted with your application.
  4. Have the following names and email addresses to begin your application: Faculty Mentor, Department Chair and the college you are in.  You must use the correct uvu email, ie: name@uvu.edu, not the UVID@uvu.edu or the application will go into a black hole and not be signed. Selecting your college, ie: College of Science, School of the Arts, etc. will auto populate your Dean and Financial Managers information for signatures.  
  5. Select the link below to begin your application.  It is your responsibility to make sure your application is complete and obtains all required signatures.  You can access it at anytime in your ZEngine account.  Incomplete or unsigned applications will not be considered for award.  
  6. International Travel: If you have any questions regarding the requirements for international travel, please contact Carlos Alarco at Carlos.Alarco@uvu.edu or visit uvu.edu/global/faculty/intravelreg.html.

 

Application Deadlines:

2021-2022:

Opens September 1 - October 12, 2021 by 5:00 PM
Opens October 18 - November 20, 2021 by 5:00 PM
Opens January 4- February 1, 2022 by 5:00 PM
Opens February 8- March 8, 2022 by 5:00 PM 

2022-2023:

Opens March 15- April 12, 2022 by 5:00 PM

Please note:  The SCAC Committee has a minium of two weeks to review all applications, after which a meeting to discuss and select awardee's takes place. Once awardees are selected, all applicants will be notified via email regarding the outcome, in addition to seeing the status within the application itself on ZEingine.

Tips on Preparing Your Proposal

Proposals Should:

  • Include your name, UVID number, email address, and your faculty mentor's information.
  • State, in clear terms, the central question, purpose of research, and background and context to show how project fits into overall discipline, and how it contributes to that discipline in a meaningful and novel way.
  • Budget narrative must include what the role of the individual(s) will be in the project.
  • Be well organized
  • Length should fall between 400-600 words.
  • All proposals will undergo a careful review by the Scholarly and Creative Activities Council

Review and Funding of Undergraduate Scholarly Projects Take into Account the Following Criteria:

  1. Project has clearly stated objectives and outcomes that can be readily evaluated.
  2. Project includes a product that significantly contributes to scholarship or creative work within its discipline. Higher priority will be given to products subject to some aspect of professional peer review extending beyond the confines of UVU campus.
  3. Proposal is well written and organized, offering background and context to show how the project fits into the overall discipline, and how it contributes to that discipline in a meaningful and novel way.
  4. Project requires rigorous effort at the advanced undergraduate level.
  5. Project provides a transformative experience for participant(s).
  6. Level of support indicated in faculty recommendation section of the application, and should address rubric items.

You may wish to download and view the blank application form to familiarize yourself with the required information before you begin the application process.

URSCA Awarded Projects Abstracts:

 URSCA Awarded Projects