Funding is awarded in multiple ways on a competitive basis to undergraduate students engaged in research and creative activities under the mentorship of TU faculty members.
Undergraduate students who are enrolled in a degree-seeking program full-time at Towson University are eligible to apply for funding that supports undergraduate research and creative activities.
The Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity (URCI) Committee is guided by the definition of undergraduate research and creative inquiry given by the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) to determine which projects are eligible for funding. The CUR defines undergraduate research as “an inquiry or investigation conducted by an undergraduate student that makes an original intellectual or creative contribution to the discipline.”
All original scholarly and creative activity appropriate to any discipline at our university is eligible under this program. This includes but is not limited to, for example, research in natural and social sciences, humanities, artistic performances, and works of art.
In addition to being registered as a full-time student at Towson University, the applicant must also meet the following criteria:
The Student Research & Creative Inquiry Forum provides undergraduate and graduate students an opportunity to present what they have learned through their research, creative, and scholarly experiences at TU.
Research projects from all disciplines are welcome as the Forum encourages interdisciplinary discourse among student presenters. Undergraduate and graduate students must apply online by April 3, 2018. Early submissions are encouraged as presenter space is limited
These $1000 awards are highly competitive. Applicants must meet all of the funding eligibility criteria outlined above. The next application cycle will open in the fall of 2018. Questions concerning the Research & Creative Inquiry Award may be directed to ourci AT_TOWSON.
To apply for a Research and Creative Inquiry Award, you must complete the online application form. Before completing the form, you should prepare:
For items 2 through 5, write no more than 400 words. These are the most important parts of the application; please take time to compose them well with the guidance of your faculty mentor.
Your faculty mentor must submit a confidential letter of support to ourci AT_TOWSON no later than November 17, 2017. You should ensure that your faculty mentor will submit a supporting letter on your behalf. Faculty mentors should note the information about faculty responsibilities if the application is successful.
A small group of the finalists will be notified by the URCI Committee no later than December 18, 2017. Each finalist will be asked to conduct a short in-person presentation before committee members; the expected timing is the first week of the spring semester.
An important aspect of the professional life of a scholar is the presentation of results in a professional arena. In recognition of this, funds up to $300 may be sought to attend a professional meeting or conference at which the student will present an oral seminar or a research poster. To be eligible to request a travel grant, the student must be the main presenter of the work (if there are co-authors, only one of them is the presenter of record), and must have a confirmation letter from the conference organizers verifying that the presentation was accepted.
Unfortunately, URCI funds do not allow the university to fully support every student who is eligible. This means that your request to URCI may be only partially funded; and this is subject to the availability of funds. Please be sure to apply for a travel grant as soon as you have the confirmation that your presentation has been accepted. Please note that students are eligible to receive travel funding only once per academic year.