Call for Proposals: Marcus Undergraduate Research Assistantship Grant

The College of Liberal & Creative Arts is pleased to announce a call for proposals for the Marcus Undergraduate Research Assistantship Grant, an initiative aimed at promoting student research in collaboration with a faculty mentor.

Deadline for submission: April 19, 2019

Award amount and timing: $3,000 ($1,000 to the faculty member, $2,000 to the student. The grant can include up to three students, each of whom would receive $2,000. If applying for more than one student research assistant, indicate clearly the expected budget in the project abstract). The award is intended for AY 2019-2020.


All tenured and tenure-track full-time faculty members in the College of Liberal & Creative Arts are eligible to apply. This grant promotes scholarly activity conducted by undergraduate students and a faculty member in a partnership. Projects must involve mentoring across a range of research activities.

Research projects are broadly construed to include all disciplines represented in the College of Liberal & Creative Arts, and in all cases, students must be learning and practicing research/scholarship skills appropriate to the field of inquiry.  All recipients will present results or a short progress report on a panel dedicated to faculty/student research teams at the 2020 LCA Student Research Showcase. Both the student(s) and the faculty member will also submit a one-page report at that time that reflects on their experiences.


Faculty should submit proposals attached to an email to Noelle Trinidad Taylor at by April 19, 2019. Please list and respond to each item below.

1. Cover page with project title and abstract (maximum 1 page)

2. Narrative that describes the project (maximum 2 pages)

  • Nature of the research and objectives
  • Methods of inquiry and plan for the conducting the research
  • Significance of the project
  • Plans for presentation and other possible use of the work

3. Description of faculty mentorship plan (maximum 1 page)

  • Ways the project will be collaborative
  • Description of the role(s) of the student in the project
  • Description of the role of the faculty in the project
  • Specific skills the student will acquire through this activity

4. Qualifications and CV (relevant portions) of faculty member (max 2 pages)

5. Appendix (optional) with any additional information (max 2 pages)


Questions? If you have any questions, please contact Gitanjali Shahani at, Chair of the College Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE).