Research Impact Award

These $1000 awards are highly competitive. Applicants must meet all the funding eligibility criteria and submit an application form by the application deadline of October 11, 2022. Questions concerning the Research Impact Award may be directed to .

Who is eligible to apply for funding?

Undergraduate students at TU who are enrolled in a degree-seeking program full-time are eligible to apply for the Research Impact Awards.

What happens after you apply?

A small group of finalists will be notified by committee in late fall. Each finalist will be asked to conduct a short in-person presentation before committee members in late November. The final decision will be made at the end of the fall semester.

Application Elements

The committee evaluating the applications recognizes that different fields of scholarly pursuit use different language and measure the significance of the work in different ways. We are using two versions of the application form: for creative inquiry projects and for research projects. The first question on the application form will ask you to choose the type of the project you will be doing. If you are not sure (or if your project has elements of both research and creative inquiry), please ask your faculty mentor or email ourci@towson.edu.

Research projects application

This version of the application form has the following prompts:

  • Plain-language abstract of no more than 200 words that describes your project for those unfamiliar with your discipline. (This is a short summary of your application. Try to write it in a way that would interest the reader to find out more from the rest of the application.)
  • Describe the significance of the project. (If your project benefits an academic field or serves the broader community, please describe the benefits here.)
  • Describe how this project connects to your personal professional goals. (Please describe how this project fits with your professional goals.)
  • Specific goals and timeline. (This is an opportunity to explain what you plan to do for the project. It is entirely possible that things will not go according to plan. If such a possibility exists for your project, please briefly explain how you would adjust.)
  • Description of your methods. (Please describe the research methods you will use in the project. This is also a good place to describe your prior experience. If you are in a very technical field, an additional description of your methods may be provided in the supporting document. Please try to keep your description to this prompt as non-technical as possible.)
  • Your Resume/CV. (Please show it to your faculty mentor first.)
  • Supporting documents. (This is an optional field; you may choose to include a file with graphs or other images relevant to your proposal. The preferred format of the file is PDF.)

Creative inquiry projects application

This version of the application form has the following prompts:

  • Plain-language proposal of no more than 200 words that describes your project for those unfamiliar with your discipline. (This is a short summary of your application. Try to write it in a way that would interest the reader to find out more from the rest of the application.)
  • Describe the significance of the project. (Please define your audience and describe the motivation behind your project. Are you taking any creative risks in the project?)
  • Describe how this project connects to your personal professional goals. (Think of this as a one or two paragraph artist statement describing your overall goals and interests, and then connect the project to your goals.)
  • Specific goals and timeline. (This is an opportunity to explain what you plan to do for the project. It is entirely possible that things will not go according to plan. If such a possibility exists for your project, please briefly explain how you would adjust.)
  • Description of your methods. (What artistic tradition will you use as the starting point; describe what influences you. Think of this as a project-specific statement. This is a good place to describe your prior experience.)
  • Your Resume/CV. (Please show it to your faculty mentor first.)
  • Supporting documents. (This is an optional field; you may choose to include a file with images or video relevant to your proposal. There is a size limit of 10MB on this file.)

Faculty Recommendation

Your faculty mentor must submit a confidential letter of support to  by the published deadline date. 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.

Evaluation Rubric

This section describes how the committee will evaluate your application.

Significance of the project

For research projects: how well did you articulate significance of the project in the context of the discipline, or applications of the discipline, or significance to the community.

For creative inquiry projects: is the concept of the project well-articulated, is the target audience described and is appropriate for the project?

Personal/professional goals

Does the project provide a good foundation for your personal and/or professional plans: graduate school or other nationally competitive opportunities; would the training provided by the project substantially extend the standard coursework at TU?

Goals and timeline

Are the goals reasonable given your preparation and timeline; is the project well thought-out; are there contingency plans? Did you provide clear milestones within your timeline?

Methods

For research projects: Is the methodology appropriate to address the research question? Do you have basic skills and knowledge required to use the proposed methods?

For creative inquiry projects: do you have good command of basics of the artistic tradition of the project? Does the description of project give a sense of artistic voice; or could it lead to the discovery of the artistic voice?

 

Award Conditions

You must present your poster at the annual Research and Creative Inquiry Forum.

 

Research Award Recipients