Research at Salisbury University
Academic Research Award (USARA)
for University Student Academic Research Awards
USARA Grants are awarded twice during
each academic year. The deadline is the
Friday of the semester.
Spring 2015 Submissions:
- The University Student Academic Research Award (USARA) Committee will be
accepting applications from now until February 20,
2015 at 5pm.
- Research grants, up to $500,
are available to help support undergraduate
research endeavors related to developing and conducting research, with a faculty supervisor, and
the presentation of research/scholarly pursuits at meetings.
Students should not request funding in excess of the grant
awards. NOTE: Students
working on a joint project must each submit an independent
application, written entirely in their own words, to clearly
identify their own distinct contributions.
- In any given semester, a
student should make only one application for
funding. A student may be funded only twice in their academic career.
- Students must have a
declared major and be enrolled as a full-time
student (minimum of 12 credit hours) or a part-time student (minimum of
six credit hours) during
the project’s duration.
- Proposals involving live
animals or human subjects must be approved by
the University’s Animal Care and Use
Committee or Institutional Review
Board-Committee on Human
No funds will be provided to awardees
without written approval from the appropriate compliance
- Grants may be requested for
the following expenses:
- Equipment and supplies. Purchased items will be assigned to the
University at the end of the project.
- Travel to present
research or academic projects at professional
*NOTE: USARA funds may not be used
for the following: SU Student
Research Conference or conferences occuring after
*NOTE: The USARA Committee must receive confirmation of
acceptance before funds will be approved for
- Photocopying, photography and preparation of slides or overheads for
- Second semester
seniors are not funded for equipment and supplies without
a presentation of the research or project scheduled at
a regional or national
conference prior to graduation.
- Awards are made on the
merits of the proposal. Incomplete applications
will not be reviewed.
- All monies must be spent by the last week of
the following semester. For spring allocations, all
monies must be spent by the last week of the fall semester.
For fall allocations, money must be spent by the last week
of the spring semester. Unspent
money by the grant’s
ending date will revert to the University. Checks must be
returned to the Office of Graduate Studies
- A final report of research
activities and a completed expense statement
must be submitted to the Office of
Graduate Studies and Research by the end
of the project period as determined in number (8).
USARA Committee Members
Patti Erickson –
A description of what must be included in each USARA grant
application is listed below. Incomplete applications will not be
- Complete the following forms online
as a package
with numbers 2 and 3 below.
USARA Student Grant Application
Itemized Budget Request
Out-of-State Travel Request
For research proposals,
provide a formal description of your research project,
including your expected sample and methodology in two to
four typed, double-spaced pages. Also, include your results
and conclusions if your research is complete and funds are
being sought for conference presentation.
For proposals related to the presentation of other scholarly
to four typed, double-spaced pages, please describe the
process used to develop your scholarship, including the
nature of the scholarship, influences, and its potential
contribution to your field of study.
For all proposals,
specifically identify the activities that will be carried
out with the
help of the grant, discuss how the funds will
- Faculty Supporting Letter
Include a letter endorsing your
research and request for funds from a
who has been directly supervising your work.
This letter should be an overall
assessment of your
research and speak to the strength of the project.
- Send the
original packet of all application materials
(application, budget request,
form, proposal, faculty support letter)
by February 20, 2015 at 5pm, via e-mail to
(Donna Knopf, Office of Graduate Studies and Research)
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UNIVERSITY STUDENT ACADEMIC RESEARCH AWARD
FINAL REPORT SUBMISSION PROCEDURES
A final report detailing the activities carried out with
the assistance of the grant along with a complete list of itemized expenses is
required. Instructions for compiling the final report are listed below.
The final report shall include:
- A typed, formal description of all research
activities. For travel funds,
describe the conference attended along with an
account of your
presentation. For equipment funds, describe the
conducted along with what you gained from it.
- A completed
- All receipts related to research and travel expenses.
Submit the final report (formal description of research/travel, Itemized
and receipts) to the Office of Graduate Studies and Research,
c/o Donna Knopf, Holloway
Hall 264 by the end of the term in
which the grant was awarded.
IMPORTANT: If the final report and expense statement
is not submitted, with receipts attached, Financial Services will be notified.
This will mean that student grades will not be posted, you will be precluded
from registration/graduation and you will be required to reimburse the money
before the Financial Services flag is removed.
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SENDING APPLICATIONS AND INQUIRIES:
Office of Graduate Studies
Holloway Hall 264
(410) 548-3549 or ext 83549
February 20, 2015 - 5:00 pm