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undergraduate enrichment award
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
Undergraduate Enrichment 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.
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. application process
must be completed by 5 PM on regularly scheduled deadlines; this includes electronic
submission through the Taft Research Center website and departmental review.
addition to populating the electronic fields, a single pdf document must be
uploaded to the system and should contain the following:
- Downloaded and completed cover
- Applications 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
- Detailed Budget and
- Full Transcript or Grade
- Two 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 intradepartmental
- Copy 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 award
instituted changes to the student travel policies on 10/1/2012, which can be
found by clicking on the following link: student travel policies. Student 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.
detailed instructions on submitting your application, please click Application Instructions.
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.
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 travel policies.
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:
- Original receipts must be
included in the envelope. ALL receipts for any
expenses pre-paid by the university must be included.
- The total expenses claimed cannot
be more than authorized, nor can line items be claimed that were not
- Any transfer between line items on
approved budgets must be approved by the Chair of the Taft Faculty
- The 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.