The Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences
Summer Undergraduate Research Awards
for Independent Research in
Humanities, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences
The Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences is seeking applicants to join a diverse community of undergraduate scholars and researchers from the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences. Awardees receive $3,500 to support summer semester independent research.
Applications will be accepted from any Dietrich School undergraduate who:
· is in good academic standing;
· has completed 30 Pitt credit hours of academic work;
· has declared a disciplinary major, and
· has a faculty mentor who is within the project discipline who will be responsible for the oversight of the project.
Interested students should complete the following steps and submit requested information to the Office of Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity (OUR), 209 Thackeray Hall, no later than
5:00 p.m. on April 19, 2013.
· Secure a Dietrich School faculty mentor for directed research.
· Complete the Cover Sheet along with the faculty mentor on the following link: http://www.asundergrad.pitt.edu/pdf/SummerAwardsCoverSheet2013.pdf
· Write a two-page description of the proposed research project. The description should be typed, double-spaced, in 12-point font and using 1-inch margins. No more than two pages should be submitted (excluding citations). Appendices and addendums are not allowed.
· Obtain a letter of recommendation from the faculty sponsor who accepts responsibility for oversight of the project as is appropriate within the discipline.
· Provide a complete academic transcript and resume (unofficial transcripts are acceptable).
· Confirm that they do not hold any other summer research awards simultaneously (e.g. OUR awards or grants or UHC fellowships).
If the student is accepted into the program, he or she will:
· Complete a Learning Agreement with his or her faculty mentor. The Learning Agreement defines expectations of the faculty mentor and the student over the 12 week period. If accepted, the OUR will provide the Learning Agreement. Completed Learning Agreements must be returned to the OUR, 209 Thackeray Hall, by April 26, 2013.
· Enroll in the one credit seminar, ARTSC 0125. Tuition will be covered by the Office of Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity.
· Work full time on his or her research project for 12 weeks over the summer from May 13 through August 3, 2013. A project report is due to the faculty mentor no later than August 10, 2013. The nature of the report will be described in the Learning Agreement.
· Receive an award of $3,500 paid over three months.
· Produce a work of writing for submission to the Dietrich School’s undergraduate magazine, Forbes & Fifth, or accommodate requests from the OUR to write about the experience for the OUR’s Web site.
· Agree to meet with representatives of the OUR to discuss the experience.
Student Checklist for Application
Cover Sheet _____
Two page description of project _____
Letter of Recommendation _____
Complete academic transcript and resume _____
Submit no later than 5:00 p.m. April 19, 2013
(Submit in hard copy to the Office of Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity, 209 Thackeray Hall, attention: Patrick Mullen.)