2-Year Proposal

Overview

This program is open to any current student at George Fox University that will be enrolled for two consecutive years. The 2-year Richter Scholar plan is intended to offer extended support for George Fox University undergraduate students wishing to more fully immerse themselves in independent research. It provides an additional year during which students can explore critical background information related to their area of interest, master skills and methods required to complete an independent research project, receive training in project design and proposal preparation, and establish a long-term mentoring relationship with a George Fox University faculty member. In their second year, students should be fully prepared to produce a high-quality proposal for an independent research project that is more thoughtful and professional in design, increases the quantity and quality of data collected, provides greater analytical depth, and increases the likelihood that the results will be presented at a professional meeting or conference. Students interested in the 2-year plan should seriously consider independent research that aligns with the scholarship of their faculty mentor as this will promote a level of collaboration and teamwork between student and faculty that will elevate the mentoring relationship.


Year 1

To become a Richter Scholar in the 2-year program, a student must submit to the Richter Scholar Committee a training and mentorship proposal. The training and mentorship proposal must include the following and will submitted and upload electronically using the link provided on the home page.

Students will electronically enter their name, student number, major, academic discipline in which they will be doing their scholarship training, and basic contact information. Also entered here will be the name and contact information of the student’s faculty mentor.

Contents of the Application (Year 1)

For the online application, students will submit their name, student number, major, academic discipline in which they will be doing their scholarship training, and basic contact information. Also entered here will be the name and contact information of the student’s faculty mentor.

Body of the Proposal to include (Year 1): 

1.   Training objectives, activities, and timeline (5-pages maximum) 

Explain each specific objective that will be accomplished during the first funding year. Each objective should be numbered, titled, and include an explanation of why the goal is important for the research that the student will be training to do. Also describe any prior training or coursework that has specifically prepared the student to accomplish the objective within the training year. In the description, include specifics on any activities, projects, or assignments that are relevant to accomplishing this goal. For each training objective outlined in the previous section, provide a detailed description of each specific training activity that the student will complete during year 1 to address the objective. 

As part of the description, include details of what the student will do, what tools the student will need to complete the activity, any required travel, the amount of mentorship the student will require, the estimated amount of time that will be required to complete the activity, and how successful completion of an activity will be assessed. It is required that completion of a project proposal for year 2 be included as one of the training activities. 
 
Provide a detailed estimated timeline of when all training activities will start and end. Remember that all training activities must be completed in time for the student to meet year-2 deadlines.

2.   Mentorship plan (1-page maximum)

This section should be completed jointly by the student and faculty mentor. Include a detailed description of any planned structured interaction between student and faculty mentor that serves to support the development of skills, knowledge, and experiences necessary to achieve project objectives and to prepare for a successful career in the mentee’s discipline. Examples of mentorship activities include include regular meetings, training in preparation of grant proposals, publications, and presentations, training in specific research tools and skills, guided literature reviews, structured opportunities for feedback and assessment of the mentee’s work, collaborative work, networking opportunities or other sorts of professional/academic engagement, etc. Think broadly here as mentorship can occur in many forms. 

3.   Personal statement (1-page maximum)

The student will write a statement explaining how being a Richter Scholar will contribute to their preparation to make an impact on the world following graduation. Be sure that the statement focuses on how the training in year 1 and the independent research project in year 2 will be important to a broader academic, professional, or personal vision. Beyond that, there are no rules as the statement might take different forms for different students.

4. References Cited

If any reference material was cited above in preparation of the proposal, it should be included. Be sure to use a consistent bibliographic format for all reference material.


Students, use this link to electronically submit your application, proposal, budget and transcripts:

 

Supporting Documents (Year 1)

1. Budget

Provide an itemized budget for year 1, using this Richter Scholars Budget Template (EXAMPLE). You will need to download or copy this form and add your own budget details prior to uploading using the application link. Include any tools and/or travel needed to complete all activities described above. Include a short statement clearly justifies all budget line items. The target budget maximum is $5,600 but higher amounts might be considered in exceptional cases. If training will be done over the summer the budget can include a student stipend of $4,200 (included in the $5,600 maximum).

  • Students may NOT work on campus as a student employee for more than 20 hours a week and be awarded a stipend.
For allowed funding amounts, please read Funding on the Richter Guidelines page.

2. Unofficial copy of transcript to be uploaded  electronically

Students are required to submit an unofficial copy of their current George Fox University transcript as evidence that they meet Richter requirement of a 3.0 GPA.

3.  Faculty mentor's support letter

A letter of support will be required from the faculty mentor that states their willingness to engage in a serious mentoring relationship with the student, their assessment of student ability, and any intangibles that are deemed important.


Faculty mentor’s support letter should signed and uploaded by the
faculty mentor using the link below by the proposal deadline:



Year 2 

(Note: there will be no eligible submittals for Year 2 this cycle---ONLY YEAR 1)


Proposal requirements for year 2 are the same as those for students requesting funding for only a single year. To be eligible for year-2 funding students must be continuing full-time at George Fox University, have maintained a 3.0 GPA, and receive verification from the faculty mentor that all training activities have been successfully completed (this can be included in the mentor support letter). As with year 1, the target budget maximum is $5,600 but higher amounts might be considered in exceptional cases.  If project work will be done over the summer the budget can include a student stipend of $4,200 (included in the $5,600 maximum). 

Contents of the Application (Year 2)

For the online application, students will submit their name, student number, major, academic discipline in which they will be doing their scholarship training, and basic contact information. As well as the Title of Project, requested amounts for stipend, supplies and travel for data collection (do not request conference travel as that requires a separate request when the project is completed), project beginning and ending dates, and your faculty sponsor.

Body of the Proposal to include (Year 2): 

1.  Project title

2.  Issue or problem to be researched

Briefly lay the context for your proposed research by orienting the reviewers to the discipline in which your research topic falls, by identifying the gap in knowledge that relates to your proposed work, and by clearly identifying the central problem that your research seeks to address.

3.  Thesis statement or hypothesis  

Clearly articulate a thesis statement or hypothesis that directly flows from the issue or problem identified above, and that frames the remainder of your proposal.  It is critical the thesis statement or hypothesis be based logically derived from prior research done in the discipline.

4.  Review of background literature

Provide an organized and linear overview of existing knowledge on your research topic, and include proper citations. The literature review should be used to develop a conceptual framework and to expand the justification for your proposed research.  It is an expectation that students have reviewed the appropriate background literature prior to submitting their proposal.

5.  Research methods

Provide a clear plan for how you intend to conduct the research that considers materials, equipment, participants (if relevant), sample sizes, data collection techniques, data analysis methods, and inferential approaches. Methods and protocols that are standard for your discipline should be cited appropriately to provide evidence of credibility. It is important that research methods that are unique to specific disciplines be clearly identified here as the reviewers come from a broad range of academic areas.  All supplies, equipment, and/or travel that is requested in the budget should be clearly named and justified in the research methods.  As you construct this section, bear in mind that reviewers will evaluate the research methods to determine whether your proposed research is capable of accurately addressing the hypothesis or thesis identified in the proposal.

6. Timeline

Include, in table format, a timeline for all proposed project activities that are described in the research methods.

7.  Outcomes of the project

Provide a detailed and realistic plan for research dissemination including presentations and/or publications.

8.  List of cited references (separate page)

Please use whatever citation format is standard for your discipline, and be consistent in your formatting throughout your reference list. Include a full citation for each reference that is cited in the main text. Do not include citations for resources that are not cited in the main text.

9.  COVID-19 contingency plan (separate page)

Due to the uncertainty surrounding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the precise circumstances under which research will be able to be conducted are uncertain. To assist the committee in evaluating the potential for your research to occur under potential COVID-19 restrictions, please identify any items in your proposal that may need to be adjusted should COVID-19 result in limited access to laboratory space, travel, summer housing, face-to-face interactions with participants and/or collaborators, etc. For each item, outline a brief plan for how you propose to modify the research should these resources and/or opportunities be unavailable. The COVID-19 contingency plan should not exceed one page in length.


Supporting Documents (Year 2)

1. Budget

For allowed funding amounts, please read Funding on the Richter Guidelines page.

Detailed budget and budget justification will be submitted electronically using an Excel spreadsheet format. Clear justification for all budget items must be provided above in research methods.

Be prepared to provide an itemized list of required supplies along with the corresponding cost for each item. Supplies can include such things as equipment, consumable, software, analytical tools (e.g. testing vehicles), subscriptions, and travel required for data collection. For travel costs, include a cost breakdown for items such as mileage, multiple night stays, etc.

The target budget maximum is $5,600 but higher amounts might be considered in exceptional cases. If training will be done over the summer the budget can include a student stipend of $4,200 (included in the $5,600 maximum).

  • Students may NOT work on campus as a student employee for more than 20 hours a week and be awarded a stipend.
Any requested stipend and/or costs associated with travel for data collection should be listed, and realistic costs should be appraised. If the proposal requests funds for international travel, this should be included based on the most current rate for Travel Guard Insurance*.

2. Faculty mentor's support letter

The faculty mentor should provide a signed letter no longer than two pages in length expressing support for the project and detailing their expected involvement and commitment to the research. The support letter should specifically address the value of the research, the strengths of the proposal, a realistic assessment of the capability of the applicant to complete the proposed research to a high standard, and the specific support that the faculty mentor will provide to the student. For Richter Scholars applying for year-2 funding affirmation that all requirements for year 1 have been completed should also be included.  The letter should be signed and uploaded electronically by the proposal deadline.

3.  Unofficial copy of transcript to be uploaded  electronically. 

Please print an unofficial copy of your most current transcript from MyGeorgeFox.

*All students traveling abroad will be required to register with the University’s Center for Study Abroad Office (contact Lynn Scott at lscott@georgefox.edu for registration). 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 they are covered while traveling. 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.