In an effort to encourage and support the connections between undergraduate student learning and faculty scholarship, the Office of Academic Affairs will provide support for faculty-mentored student scholarship through the Research, Scholarship and Creative Activities Program. Support will be provided for activities that create new knowledge or works in ways commensurate with practices in the discipline. The expectation of this program is to further the education experience of our students through active participation in their field of study. This program is open to all faculty wishing to mentor students in projects that enable the student to achieve beyond that which is possible in the classroom.
Faculty mentors will direct and provide guidance to participating students as they work on a specific project (which may be a particular aspect of the faculty’s research program) during the course of a semester. Each student will meet weekly with their faculty mentor discuss progress and problems that may arise during the semester. This interaction will allow students the opportunity to gain experience in communicating their plans and questions associated with their project. Graduate students and undergraduates may also apply for research funds through the Student Association's Research Project line.
» Download the AYURE call for proposals- spring 2014 (.docx)
** Please contact the RSCA Director (email@example.com, X3776) with your proposal application questions.
Deadlines for AYURE proposals are typically in the 12th-13th week of the semester. A second call for fall proposals is typically sent out at the beginning of the fall semester with an early September deadline.
Download an example AYURE proposal . This proposal was considered excellent by all members of the RSCA Advisory Board.
The fall 2013 AYURE Projects:
Kelly Gluchowski, Environmental Geochemical Science, '14 (Mentors: Megan Ferguson, Chemistry and Hon Ho, Biology) Uptake of Cd, Zn and Co by Hypsizygus ulmarius
Kimberly Lane, Biology, '15 (Mentor: Richard Halpern, Physics) Developing an Electroplating Protocol for Vibrating Probe Systems
Hannah Miller, Biology/Spanish, '14 (Mentor: Spencer Mass, Biology) Further Isolation and Characterization of Estrogen Receptor LBD Sequences in Planaria
Kathleen Betuel, Cellular/Molecular Biology/Chemistry, '14 (Mentors: Maureen Morrow, Biology and Hon Ho, Biology) Analysis of Isaria fumosorosea for Antifungal Activity
Ryan Murray, Printmaking/Psychology, '14 (Mentor: Jill Parisi-Phillips, Art/Printmaking) Handmade Natural Dyes for Works on Paper
Morgan Campbell, Biology, '14 (Mentor: Jason Valens, Biology) Investigation of Biological Diversity across Domains in a Coral Reef Biofilm
Emily Rouse, Biochemistry, '14 (Mentor: Jennifer Waldo, Biology) Thermal Stability of the Dad2 Subunit of the Dam1 Complex
Students who have participated in the SURE and AYURE programs will be invited to apply for the Travel Award for Undergraduates. This award supports attendance at a professional conference to present the faculty-mentored research results. Attendance at professional conference will continue the research experience by enabling the student to participate in the professional environment of sharing knowledge and creative projects. The Travel Award application and information can be found at the RSCA Conference Travel Funds page.