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Undergraduate Research Center

Undergraduate Research Center

Faculty Partners

As a faculty member, you are integral to the Partners in Scholarship program. You provide mentoring and professional advice to undergraduate students seeking to develop research skills in their selected fields. You may partner with a maximum of 3 students at any given grant period. Please read and discuss your student's proposal prior to writing your endorsement. 

Letter of Recommendation

Faculty partners, please submit a letter of endorsement addressing the following items:

  1. Describe the overall quality of the proposed project.
  2. Describe the student's preparation for undertaking it, including any comments or concerns regarding the student's academic record as it relates to the project.
  3. What is your role as a partner in the project (recognizing that some partnerships will be minimal).
  4. Have you worked with the student on a project previously? How well do you know the student?
  5. Is this a new project or a continuation of a previous project? If it is a continuation, what new questions will be explored?

You may give the letter to the student for compilation with the rest of the application or you may email it to urc@du.edu by the application deadline (see below). If emailing, please indicate the student's last name in the subject line.

FUNDING INFORMATION

PinS cannot fund DU tuition, service learning classes, lessons or student stipends. **Summer grants can fund stipends.**

PinS operates on a reimbursement system. Students are responsible for purchasing their own supplies and will receive a reimbursement with the proper documents. The URC will not order or purchase supplies. You or your department may purchase supplies for the student, in which case the URC can do a budget transfer. If your department is purchasing supplies, please contact the URC to discuss payment or reimbursement options.

Purchased supplies become property of the department and will be given to the department at the conclusion of the project.

Applicants should understand that products generated through this grant will be considered the result of "substantial University assistance" subject to the university's intellectual property guidelines.

All project related expenses must be turned into the URC office:

  • For PinS--according to the timeline submitted (June 1, 2015 at the latest)
  • For Student Scholar Travel Fund-30 days after travel
  • For Summer Research grants- Mid-August

If your student is receiving a stipend in the Summer Research Grant:

You are responsible for making sure your student is working the number of hours indicated in their stipend request. If the student is not working the appropriate hours, please contact the URC. Students are not eligible to begin work until they complete the necessary paperwork and pass a background check, supplied by the URC coordinator.

If you have any questions, please contact urc@du.edu or 303-871-4301.