Undergraduate Scholar Project Funding

We are now accepting applications for Spring 2016 - Summer 2016 projects. Please click here to download the application.

Read all of the following information very careful as there have been many changes to CALUE undergraduate scholar project funding. 

Thank you for your interest in undergraduate scholar project funding provided by the TTU Center for Active Learning and Undergraduate Engagement (CALUE). CALUE Undergraduate scholar project funding assists with the costs associated with an undergraduate working on a faculty project or undertaking their own project under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Beginning the 2015-2016 academic year, funding will be awarded based on a competitive review process. The overall structure of project funding, as well as important deadlines and requirements, have changed. Therefore, it is suggested that you review the information below very carefully.

To be eligible to receive funding, an undergraduate student must be participating in scholarly work that is meaningful to a faculty member's project or conducting their own original project under the mentorship of a faculty member. Funding will be allocated according to Texas Tech University and State of Texas regulations and is limited. Funding requests may be submitted from $50, up to a maximum of $1080. Project funding must be used to either pay students working on a faculty project or to purchase project supplies for the student's personal project, not both.

Depending on when the project will take place, applications should be submitted in accordance with the dates presented below.

Students will receive notification of their approval after the project funding request is reviewed by the undergraduate scholar project funding selection committee. Final approval of all committed funds will be left to the discretion of CALUE.

Prior to completing the form below, review the full list of guidelines, restrictions, and limitiations. Incomplete project funding applications or applications that do not meet these requirements will not be considered.

Please submit your completed undergraduate scholar project funding application materials in electronic format, by emailing calue@ttu.edu


Timeline for Projects Taking Place Fall 2015 - Spring 2016

  • Accepting Applications: June 12 - July 19, 2015
  • Submission Deadline: July 19, 2015 at 11:59 p.m.
  • Review Period: July 19, 2015 – August 14, 2015
  • Notification Deadline: August 24, 2015
  • Funding Date: September 4, 2015
    • Funding may be used for researcher compensation until June 3, 2016
    • The project may continue without funding if not completed by June 3, 2016
  • Project Reporting Requirements:
    • Expense Documentation due: October 2, 2015 (ePAF, EOPS, purchase orders, or receipts must be sent to CALUE)
    • Graduation Stipulation: Can not graduate before May 2016 (ensures URC 2016 participation)
    • Abstract Submission Due: January 31, 2016
    • 2016 URC Presentation: March 29-30, 2016

Timeline for Projects Taking Place Spring 2016 - Summer 2016

  • Accepting Applications: September 1, 2015 - November 20, 2015
  • Submission Deadline: November 20, 2015
  • Review Period: November 20, 2015 - January 6, 2016
  • Notification Deadline: January 11, 2016
  • Funding Date: January 22, 2016
    • Funding may be used for researcher compensation until August 31, 2016
    • The project may continue without funding if not completed by August 31, 2016
  • Project Reporting Requirements:
    • Expense Documentation due: February 19, 2016 (ePAF, EOPS, purchase orders, or receipts must be sent to CALUE)
    • Graduation Stipulation: Can not graduate before May 2017 (ensures URC 2017 participation)
    • Abstract Submission Due: January 2017
    • 2017 URC Presentation: March 28-29, 2017

Submission Guidelines and Specifications

The application must ultimately be written and submitted by the undergraduate student whom the application references. However, the faculty mentor can, and should, be involved in the process to provide overall guidance, financial information, an indication of their endorsement of the application, and a letter of support.

NEW!!! No more than one project from the same lab will be funded during each funding period. Among projects approved by the review committee, only the top project from a single lab will be funded.

All application materials must be submitted in an electronic format (including the faculty letter of support). Attach all of the files to one email and send them to CALUE at calue@ttu.edu.

Again, please include a letter of support from the faculty mentor on the project with the rest of your application.

Funded proposals may be posted (with personal identification information omitted) as a reference for applicants in following years.

Funding Uses and Limitations

  • Funding may be used to purchase supplies for an undergraduate student project.
    • Funding is capped at $1000 for the purchase of project supplies related specifically to the portion of the project on which the undergraduate will be working.
  • Funding may be used to pay an undergraduate student to perform work that is meaningful to a TTU faculty or graduate student project or to work on a project that is separate, but closely related to a TTU faculty or graduate student's project.
    • Funding is capped at $1080.00 to pay for students to work (i.e. 10 hours per week for 12 weeks at $9.00 per hour).
  • The FOP to which the funding will be transferred must begin with 16A.
  • Funding will be processed as a budget revision to a departmental FOP (must begin with 16A) tied to the project of the Faculty Mentor for distribution to the undergraduate student.


Review Process and Criteria

A committee of Texas Tech University faculty and staff will review applications based on the following criteria:

1. What is the impact of the undergraduate student's contributions to the project?

2. What cognitive, intellectual, and/or experiential growth opportunities will the student gain from participation in the project?

For additional explanation, and to see the full review rubric, feel free to download the CALUE Undergraduate Scholar Project Funding Reviewer Evaluation Form.

A special thank you to Texas Tech Parent and Family Relations for their contribution toward undergraduate scholar project funding. Due to their support, five additional project funding awards will be granted.