Undergraduate Research Award
Taft Undergraduate Research Award
The Taft Research Center's Undergraduate Research Award recognizes superior undergraduate student achievement in the completion of a substantial independent research project that culminates in the writing of a capstone paper, thesis, or expository work and its presentation preferably at the annual University Undergraduate Research Conference or some other academic setting at UC or beyond. The broad purpose of the award is to reward undergraduates for engaging in substantial and creative independent research
The Taft Research Center's Undergraduate Senior Research Fellow Award recognizes superior undergraduate student achievement in the completion of a substantial independent research project that culminates in the writing of a thesis or expository work and its presentation in an academic setting. The broad purpose of the award is to increase the incentive for undergraduates to engage in substantial and creative independent research, so that their intellectual engagement with their discipline is significant.
In the ideal, the award positions awardees for post-baccalaureate education (including pursuing a 4+1 program) and/or a research or creative writing career. Each Taft Department may award up to $1000 for extraordinary culminating research papers, theses, or projects. The $1000 can be given to one student or split among two or more. Taft Departments must provide the Taft Administrative Coordinator with the names and research titles of their selected award winners by April 1 for students who plan to graduate in Spring or Summer or by November 1 for students who plan to graduate in Fall. They must also ensure that the award winners present their work in an academic setting, preferably the University Undergraduate Research Conference and must provide evidence to Taft of the student presenting their work at that in some other academic forum (e.g. conference program, presentation flyer, etc.). If a Departments does not use all or some of the $1000 available for this purpose in a given year, the funding will be reallocated to other Taft programs.
Students majoring in one of the Taft departments are eligible for this award. Each of the thirteen Taft departments will select Taft Research Center's Undergraduate Research awardees each academic year. Interested students should contact their Undergraduate directors concerning department selection processes.
Guidelines for Selection
The Fellow must be chosen through a departmentally-based selection process. While departments have flexibility in the management of the Undergraduate Research Award, each awardees experience should involve capstone or thesis credit and faculty supervision in the conduct of the project, including: faculty advice and review during the writing of the capstone, thesis or expository work and faculty approval of the final submission. Departments must ensure that the awardees present their work in some academic setting and provide evidence of this to Taft as well as evidence that the student has graduated prior to Taft releasing the award funds. Departments may also provide departmental honors for this award.
Once selected, the awardee must register for three (3) credit hours per semester, for two sequential semesters, under their department's designated Taft thesis/research course section. The three (3) credit hour Taft Undergraduate Senior Research Fellow independent study are credits earned toward Taft majors and may serve as an alternative opportunity to fulfill capstone requirements based on Department decision.
Departments must notify the Taft Office upon selection of the Fellow and forward a submitted application file. The Taft Research Center will then send the student a formal award letter. Departments may structure the award to allow for fall or spring graduations. In the case of a fall graduation, the student will have registered for summer-fall credit hours and have been selected by the department with sufficient time for project development to occur during these sequential terms. Departments may set appropriate pre-requisites that must be completed before Taft Undergraduate Senior Research Fellow credits registration will be allowed.