Undergraduate Research, Faculty Development, and Faculty/Student Grant

Click here to examine important information on the Undergraduate Research proposal format.
Click here to examine and print the Undergraduate Research Grant application cover sheet.

These awards are sponsored by the Valparaiso University Guild.  The motivation for these awards is to enhance and facilitate more undergraduate research at Valparaiso University.  Annually, $10,000 will be available in support of undergraduate research: $5,000 for faculty development and support; $5,000 for student expenses.

Faculty Development:

The funds will support up to about five awards each year with a hard cap of $1,000 each.  If awarded, faculty can use these funds:

  1. to develop new courses that incorporate undergraduate research,
  2. to enact curricular revisions that enhance undergraduate research on campus,
  3. to initiate innovative plans to stimulate undergraduate research across programs or departments, and/or
  4. to cover expenses and modest stipends associated with such courses and projects. 

The deadline for spring semester grants is the last week of November. The deadline for summer and fall semester grants is the last week of February.  Specific dates can be found on the deadlines web page. Details about format and application cover sheets are available in the Provost's Office or above. 

Eligibility 

All faculty on continuing appointments, and part-time faculty who have taught at VU for three years, and have reasonable expectations of teaching at VU in the following academic year (approval signature is required for part-time faculty), are eligible. Anyone with lecturer status must provide documentation of continuing employment at VU.