Dr. Laura Pawlow
Room 0134, Alumni Hall
Campus Box 1121
Edwardsville, IL 62026-1121
Rendleman Hall 3115
Campus Box 1300
2013-2014 URCA Associates
(from left to right)
Rocky Pardo, Morgan Sturgeon, Kristin Dierker
Working with a full-time, tenured or tenure-track faculty mentor, URCA Associates will lead their own research project or creative activity and be the principal investigator in this project. Associates will work continuously for both the fall and spring semester to complete their approved URCA project. The Associate will submit a proposal and be selected by the URCA Board in the spring semester and conduct the project the following academic year. Guidelines for the proposal can be found here. Ten students will be selected each year. These students will receive a $2400 award, and the department will receive funding to purchase materials for the student's project. Among other responsibilities, Associates will be expected give presentations about URCA to undergraduate classes on campus and attend monthly URCA Associate meetings.
Both electronic and paper copies of Associate proposals are due at noon on the third Friday of March each year. This is a firm deadline, and late proposals will not be accepted! Please e-mail an electronic copy to Dr. Laura Pawlow (firstname.lastname@example.org) and deliver a paper copy to Office of Academic Innovation and Effectiveness, Rendleman Hall Room 3102; both must be received by the deadline.
Please note: Your cover page will require the signatures of your Department Chair and Dean. These are very busy people whose work often takes them off-campus. Don't wait until the last minute to obtain these signatures, or you may find they will not be available to sign for you! Please plan accordingly to have your application complete and signed by the deadline. (You may need to make an appointment with your Department Chair and Dean to get their signatures.) Regarding the electronic submission, please scan the cover sheet after you've obtained all of the required signatures. If you don't have a scanner, check with your mentor to see if your department has one you can use. Again, plan ahead to make sure you complete all of these steps by the deadline!
The following are requirements of all URCA Associates in the Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (URCA) Program at SIUE:
The Associate's project will be conducted in the fall and spring of the upcoming year. Funding will likely not be received to begin the project until September of the year the proposal is submitted and accepted. The project should reach completion in March the following spring.