Overview

The Richter Scholars program enables undergraduate and graduate students to receive funding for independent research projects conducted with a faculty mentor. George Fox is one of only 11 universities in the Richter Scholars program, including Yale, Dartmouth, Cal Tech, and University of Chicago.

Guidelines For Applicants (10/07/14)

Eligibility

Richter grants are available to full-time graduate (8 hrs per semester) or undergraduate (12 hrs per semester) students at George Fox. GFU Students who do not meet these criteria may apply if they are enrolled in a degree program at GFU, are actively pursuing their degree, are in good standing and will complete their degree before January 1, 2016

Funded projects must be completed before the student’s graduation. In other words, applicants who expect to graduate in Spring 2015 may only submit a project that will be completed by that time. Funding is for research that has not been conducted yet, and funds cannot be used to reimburse students for research that has already been completed.  Any equipment purchased with the funds becomes the property of the faculty sponsor’s department at the completion of the student’s research. Therefore, equipment needs to be returned to Carol Jaquith in HVR 110 along with a final report once research has been completed.

The applicant's cumulative GPA at George Fox must be at least 3.0, although the faculty sponsor may request consideration of an applicant who does not meet this criteria in exceptional cases. Undergraduate students must be at least in their third semester at GFU. Only individual applications will be considered, although an applicant may collaborate with other students in the project. The design of the project and the execution of the project must be done by the student. It is expected that the faculty advisor will be actively involved in reviewing the student's Richter application prior to approving it, and will monitor the student's progress if a scholarship is awarded.

Funding

The Paul K. Richter Memorial Fund and the Evalyn E.C. Richter Memorial Fund, administered by the Bank of America, have awarded the funds for this program to George Fox University. There is not a specific limit on the amount of funding per student, but most grants will not be over $5,000.  Graduate students are not eligible for stipends, and undergraduate stipends may not exceed $3,600. The grants are specifically for the research project and do not affect other GFU scholarships or grants.


Dates for Application, Approval, and Completion

Applications are due at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 in the Psychology office (HVR 110) on the Newberg campus, or received by campus mail from Portland campus (attention: Jim Foster, Box #6127). A faculty committee will review the applications(guidelines for partial evaluation) and notify students by email of the decisions on or before Friday, December 19,2014. Projects are to be completed by November 1,2015 with reports due the first week of December and while the student is enrolled at George Fox University.

Contents of the Application

  1. Cover Sheet(pdf) - Fill out and submit the cover sheet, with the other materials attached Body of the Application - (total length, about 3 to 4 pages not including references)
  2. Project title
  3. Issue or problem to be researched
  4. Thesis statement or hypothesis
  5. Summary of existing research on the topic, citing some of the literature
  6. Research methods, including procedures, instruments, and participants if appropriate
  7. Benefits of the research, for the researcher and for the discipline
  8. Outcomes of the project, including possible presentations and/or publications
  9. Detailed budget, including stipend (see below), supplies (instruction), foreign travel insurance (if traveling abroad), research travel (see below), and other costs
  10. List of cited references
  11. Faculty Sponsor's Support Letter- letter from a full-time faculty member addressing the value of the research, the strengths of the proposal, and his/her expected involvement in the project
  12. Unofficial copy of Transcript- Printed from Bruin Data

Stipends


Undergraduates may request a stipend for the time spent on the project, not to exceed $3,600. The request should include a budget based on minimum wage. . The stipends are treated as taxable income, therefore an I-9 and W-4 will need to be complete before research can begin. Undergraduate students working on campus during the summer may qualify for student housing. Successful applicants will receive instruction on the process of being paid and all necessary forms completed at an informational meeting in late April (TBA).

Travel

Data Collection - Funds may be requested for travel to collect data, including international travel.



Presentation and Publication Funding - While most funds are awarded for research, applicants may also request funds to travel (separately from their initial grant request) to a professional conference to present the research findings. However, funds for presentation travel cannot be requested or disbursed until the applicant has been accepted to make a presentation. Travel requests must be based on the most reasonable rates available for transportation, lodging, and meals (up to a maximum of $35 per day). The request needs to be complete with the application, copy of acceptance letter/email and budget along with a copy of the poster or paper  being presented. Any costs associated with the presentation (e.g., printing costs) need to be included in this proposal as well. Additionally, costs associated with publishing research in a professional journal may be requested once the research has been completed and the paper has been accepted for publication.

Travel grants will not be awarded until the final report from the research grant has been submitted to Carol Jaquith in HVR 110.

Travel Abroad Insurance -All students traveling abroad will be required to be registered with Travel Guard the Universities chosen travel insurance, see Carol Jaquith, Psychology for that registration. This provides emergency travel insurance. Note that this is a supplement to regular medical insurance which all students and faculty should have. Students are expected to check with their current medical insurance carrier to make sure that they are covered while traveling. Typically their parents insurance will cover them on these trips. If a student does incur medical expenses they need to keep any receipts to submit to their insurance company when they return. The insurance is valid only when an insured person is outside of their home country or country of domicile if different.

Actions on the Proposal

A committee made up of graduate and undergraduate faculty from a variety of disciplines will review the proposals and make one of the following decisions about the proposals:
  • Approve as submitted.
  • Approve with changes.
  • Invite the applicant to resubmit with specified improvements.
  • Disapprove with no opportunity to resubmit.

Substantial Changes in the Approved Proposals


Minor changes may be made after proposals have been approved, in consultation with the faculty sponsor. Substantial changes or reallocation of funds require a letter of explanation and request to the coordinator, co-signed by the faculty sponsor. The Richter coordinator must approve before the changes are made.

Reports


After completion of the project, applicants are to submit a minimum three-page summary of the project results, in the style of the discipline, to the Richter committee by November 1, 2015. You should also be available to present a poster and/or oral presentation at a reporting event during or after the end of the calendar year should one be scheduled.

Termination


A faculty sponsor may recommend to the Richter committee the termination of the grant and the cancellation of further funding if the student is not fulfilling the terms of the proposal.

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