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Introducing STAR Grants for Student Researchers

Would you like money to conduct research related to a topic you’re interested in? Students interested in conducting research may be eligible for up to $1,000 in grant funding from the Smith Institute for Applied Research.

  • Do you want to figure out the water quality in the Northwest Corridor?
  • Are you interested in talking to residents of the JCSU community about parental engagement and its impact on educational outcomes?
  • What do you know about health disparities that affect minorities?
  • Would you like to analyze oral histories told by people who have lived in Charlotte for sixty years?
  • What do the small businesses that survive in Charlotte do differently from the ones that sink?
STAR for Students

STAR for Students

Purpose of Program: Smith Institute introduces the STAR Student Grants which will fund faculty-mentored projects proposed by students based on students’ interests. This program is designed to support the Smith Institute’s aims to provide more opportunities for students to engage in research and to promote a culture of research excellence.

Eligibility: Any JCSU rising Junior or Senior with a GPA of at least 2.5 may apply for STAR Grant funding. Any MSW student may apply for STAR Grant funding. You must organize a faculty mentor to submit a proposal for funding.

Key Dates:

Proposal Development Workshop Tuesday, September 1, 2015 @ 3-4pm
Research Orientation Meeting October 15, 2015
Proposals due Monday, September 21, 2015 by 5pm
Final Reports due May 1, 2016


Proposal Requirements: Applicants must submit the following documents in a single Word document file by the deadline. Late or incomplete submissions will not be accepted.

  1. Cover Page, including project title, applicant’s name, applicant’s major, faculty mentor, and a 250 word abstract
  2. Project Narrative, including background of the project, aims and objectives, methodology, and timeline
  • Student Statement, explaining why the student wants to conduct this research, which research skills s/he has and which skills s/he aims to develop during the project, how this project relates to the applicant’s educational or career goals, and a timeline for completing the project
  1. Faculty Mentor Statement, a letter of recommendation and agreement from a faculty member to be your research mentor for the duration of the project. The mentor must agree to oversee the funding associated with the project and to assess the student’s research skill development
  2. Budget, outlining how much funding is needed and how it will be expended

Due Date for Submissions: Monday, September 21, 2015 by 5pm

Process to Submit: Email a single file including all the required information to sminslow@jcsu.edu and ttaylor@jcsu.edu

Timeline for Research Completion: October 1, 2015-May 1, 2016

Award Amount: $500-$1,000

Review Process: Your proposal will be reviewed by the Administrators in Smith Institute and the STAR Research Mentor Group. Final funding decisions will be made by September 30, 2015.

Preparation Workshop: A workshop on preparing a proposal for submission will be provided on Tuesday, September 1 from 3-4pm in the MACMAS Lab.

Obligations of Funding: If your proposal is approved for funding, you are responsible for completing the project within the specified time and budget. In addition, you must agree to present a poster related to your project at the Fall Research Showcase. You must also submit a Final Report to Smith Institute and a brief summary of your project to be included on the Smith Institute website by May 1, 2015.


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