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The Taft Undergraduate
Enrichment Awards enable students majoring in Taft departments to undertake
projects that will enhance their learning experience in their major field.
Individual or group applications are accepted. Eligible projects include but
are not limited to research expenses, travel to a library, archives, museum, or
conference, a language immersion program, or an organized field trip.
Regardless of the activity, there must be a research component within the
proposed project. There is no limit on the number of students who may apply for
the enrichment awards, and all awards are made on a competitive basis with none
allocated to particular departments. Applications will be evaluated both on the
potential value of the enrichment experience and the record of the student(s)
applying. The current maximum award for an individual or a project is $2,000.
Award Applicants traveling outside the United States, for projects associated
with an academic credit bearing experience (i.e., getting a grade), are
required to apply for funds from UC International.
Those who receive support outside Taft must report such funding to the Taft
Faculty Chair upon receipt of award notification.
To be eligible, students
must be majoring in one of the Taft departments within McMicken College of Arts
and Sciences and must have completed at least 10 upper division credit hours in
their major by the end of the current academic year. Seniors are eligible if
the project funded will be completed by the first day of classes of the last
semester prior to graduation.
Applications must be
completed by 5 PM on regularly scheduled deadlines; this includes electronic
submission through the Taft Research Center website and departmental review.
In addition to
populating the electronic fields, a single pdf document must be uploaded to the
system and should contain the following:
and completed cover sheet
should include a description of how the proposed project will advance the student's
understanding of his or her major field. This should distinguish the enrichment
goal beyond any course credit that might be earned through the project and
detail specific anticipated impacts on one's intellectual development. The
project description should also include a clear research component, such as
collecting information to produce a particular research paper or other
scholarly outcome not required by a course. Proposed projects may not merely be
a study abroad experience (300-350 words).
Budget and justification.
Transcript or Grade Report.
letters of Recommendation from professors in Taft disciplines who can speak
directly to how the project will enrich the student's understanding of his or
her major. Letters should be sent to the undergraduate program director in the
applicant's department, who will then upload the letters at the time of
of Grant application from UC International,
if the project involves international travel and is associated with an academic
credit bearing experience (i.e., getting a grade). Those who receive support
outside Taft must report such funding to the Taft Faculty Chair upon receipt of
** UC instituted changes
to the student travel policies on 10/1/2012, which can be found by clicking on
the following link: student
travel policies. Students are responsible for travel policy
compliance. Taft assumes no responsibility for a student's lack of compliance
with travel policies, which may result in a refusal by accounts payable to
reimburse travel expenses.
instructions on submitting your application, please click Application
For instructions on how
to create a PDF, please click: How
to Create a PDF. Note: the system only allows you to upload
a single PDF document.
You are required to
obtain travel authorization prior to travel. The Student
Travel Authorization Form (STAF)
can be found by clicking (STAF)
here, above, or below. The travel policies instituted on 10/1/2012 require
travel oversight for students, including pretravel counseling and the
maintenance of emergency contact information. Taft is not responsible this counseling
or maintenance, or for lack of student compliance with travel policies, which
may result in a refusal by UC Accounts Payable to reimburse travel expenses. If
you have questions on this matter, you should consult your program director for
advice on compliance with these policies. For additional direction, you should
visit the policies at student
Please be sure to obtain
receipts in order to receive payment. If
you are using an e-ticket for air travel, please request a receipt from the
airline which clearly indicates the travel points and dates, and the fare. When in doubt, request a paper ticket.
Return: The grant recipient should complete an
expense envelope (A113 for travel expenses) or Request for Payment (A114 for
non-travel expenses). Relevant receipts should be enclosed. The envelope should
be sent to the Taft secretary at ML 0369 no later than 30 days following your
return. Please note that:
receipts must be included in the envelope. ALL receipts for any expenses
pre-paid by the university must be included.
total expenses claimed cannot be more than authorized, nor can line items be
claimed that were not authorized.
transfer between line items on approved budgets must be approved by the Chair
of the Taft Faculty Executive Board.
expense envelope must be sent to the Taft secretary for processing and
signature, even if other campus agencies are also funding the travel and or
research. Department level processing to reimburse using department funds
should be completed first and A113/A114 should then be sent to Taft.