Faculty undergraduate research mentors students are eligible and encouraged to apply for stipends related to research projects. Submit applications to the LCU Council on Undergraduate Research.
Undergraduate Scholarly Activity Instructions For Stipend Application
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications should be submitted to the Chairperson of the LCU Council on Undergraduate Research no later than 5:00 pm on the following dates:
- March 1st (for projects to be completed in Fall)
- November 1st (for projects to be completed in Spring or Summer)
In no more than five pages, the author should address in bulleted sections the following: Background, Significance of Research/Scholarly/Creative Activity (hereafter referred to as “The Activity”), Methodology, Anticipated Outcome, Timeline, Budget, Student Researcher Background, and Compensation Requested. See below for specific instructions regarding each section.
Formatting the Proposal: 12pt Times New Roman Font with 1 inch margins, and double spaced
BACKGROUND: In general, the author must address how the proposed activity goes above and beyond their regular assigned duties (as documented in their signed LCU contract). This information should include a description of the type of activity, including research hypothesis or research questions as applicable. A background of what the faculty member has done in the past few years helps the committee to understand the impact of their functions.
SIGNIFICANCE: The significance of the activity should discuss the importance of the proposed research/scholarly/creative activity and its relevance, including how it is situated within the existing body of scholarship (or creative activity). The investigation might be relevant for theory, practice and future research and/or scholarly/creative activity. The investigator should explain the importance of the activity as a scholarly undertaking and indicate the likelihood of its contribution to the advancement of knowledge within the discipline.
Authors should be prepared for the fact that reviewers may not necessarily find or appreciate the significance or contribution to the discipline (e.g., new knowledge, method, and data) that is contained within the material presented in their application. Consequently, authors have both the burden and responsibility to convince the reviewers and editors that their work is significant. It is important to note that contribution to the field implies an extension beyond the novel in order to be significant (Sternberg, 1991). (i.e., it is possible for the activity to be novel but not important.) In order to be significant, research needs to exceed the threshold of current research or scholarly/creative activity in a specific area. For example, does the activity advance theory, research methods/data, and/or practice over and beyond what is already known? Is the creative activity a substantive body of work in execution or performance? In order to establish the significance of their work, authors need to clearly describe the current benchmarks of research or scholarly and creative activity in a specific topic area (e.g., what is known and not known in a specific area of science). Then, they need to describe how their work transcends the threshold of current research or scholarship in that area.
METHODOLOGY: In the Methods section, the author should give an account of how they will carry out their activity. The Methods section should be clear and detailed enough for another experienced person to repeat the research and reproduce the results. Typical features are listed below.
- Describe the materials, instruments, and / or equipment that will be used in the activity.
- Explain the research design (scholarly/creative activity); for instance, how the samples / subjects will be gathered, any randomization techniques and how the samples / subjects are to be prepared.
- Explain how measurements will be made and what calculations were performed upon the raw data; or describe the theoretical framework for the study and data collection techniques.
- Describe standards for analysis and interpretation of data or outcomes for the activity; for example, the statistical techniques that will be used upon the data (in quantitative research), or how patterns may be identified and interpreted (in qualitative research), or the standards for critical self-reflective process for creative activity.
The Methods section for the Arts and Humanities should vary greatly from that of hard and soft sciences. It is with this understanding that this section might include the following:
A careful description of methodology would include examination of the materials and tools used and how a different type of canvas/brush/paper/pencil/rag/camera/chisel etc. would produce a different effect. The artist/writer may also look at various effects achieved by starting in one part of a canvas first, or by working over the whole surface equally. An author may experiment with stream of consciousness writing, as opposed to naturalistic narrative, or a combination of styles (Rogers, 2009). In art/writing it is not necessarily all about establishing the exact truth so much as making the most effective form (painting, drawing, poem, novel, performance, sculpture, video, etc.) through which ideas, feelings, perceptions can be communicated to a public. With this purpose in mind, some artists will exhibit preliminary sketches and notes which were part of the process leading to the creation of a work (Knowles and Cole, 2010).
ANTICIPATED OUTCOME: This section should give a good indication of what you expect to get out of the research. You should also include how the anticipated outcomes/results of the research will be applied to your students, department, college, LCU, and/or community as a whole.
TIMELINE: Provide a timetable (e.g., a figure or list) that includes all activities for the proposed research. Specify dates for planning, preparation, data collection (protocol implementation), data entry and analysis, and writing up the results (for a final report and publication). Please address in this section the timeline and how it relates to submitting results for publication and to local/regional conferences such as the LCU Scholar’s Colloquium and to national or international conferences such as the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR).
It is highly suggested to the author that an appendix be attached to help the reviewers understand the research and its stages from start to finish.
BUDGET:A budget describes the financial plans and priorities for a specified time frame. It helps ensure that resources will be used effectively. Please describe how your project will be funded (e.g., department resources, outside agencies, or other), if no funds are necessary, please describe.
STUDENT PARTICIPATION: The author must state how the proposal involves students at Lubbock Christian University. Those projects that don’t involve undergraduate research/scholarly activity should be presented as mentorships and apply for the appropriate compensation.
COMPENSATION: Only Full-Time Faculty may be approved for compensation to enable their participation in sponsored undergraduate research/scholarly activity at the university. Part-time faculty will be considered with special written approval from the appropriate Dean. A letter of approval from the appropriate department chair must accompany each application. Approval for submission of the application and participation in is at the discretion of the department Chair/immediate supervisor, with final approval by the Dean/director and Provost. Approval is based upon the best interests of the department, university, and individual faculty member.
The author must show how they intend to document the time spent on the research/scholarly activity project. Attach any recording/ documentation of recording time. In addition, the following formula will be used and the author MUST address this formula: 1 credit of compensation is awarded for 15 hours of direct student contact/per semester plus 30 hours of prep/office/assessment per semester for a total of 45 credit hours per semester (maximum of 135 hours for 3 credit hours per semester).
- 45 hours = 1 credit hour/semester
- 90 hours = 2 credit hours/semester
- 135 hours = 3 credit hours/semester
Appropriate materials for an appendix include the following:
- A work plan or detailed outline of the study timetable.
- Letters of support for the project (from clinical agencies, academic facilities).
- Letters of collaboration or consultation (on formal letterhead paper).
- Letter of approval or clearance from the institutional review board, human subjects committee, or animal care and use committee when appropriate.
- Instruments or measures that will be used in the study.
- Other supportive materials as needed (e.g., expanded detail on procedures mentioned in the body of the proposal).
- Funding agencies usually provide guidelines on the types of appendices that are acceptable. If no guidelines are provided, call the agency before including any appendix in your proposal. Some funding agencies do not allow appendices.
- Letters of support from key personnel in clinical agencies about access to subjects are critical.
- A description or summary of the known characteristics of potential subjects and their willingness to participate is encouraging for reviewers.
- Documentation of previous experience and relevant expertise of the research team provides strong support for feasibility of the study.
Knowles, G. J. and Cole, A. 2010. Handbook of the arts in qualitative research: Perspective, Methodologies, Examples, and Issues.
Sternberg, R.J. 1991. The psychologists’ companion. A guide to scientific writing for students and researchers. New York: Cambridge University Press.
Rogers, A. 2009. The Phenomenological Methodology for Art Criticism. Studies in Art Education. 25(3), 151-158.