Student development award

Applications for funding during the 2021/2022 school year are available.

The purpose of the Development Fund is to supplement student research and community-based projects, and career development activities relevant to the student’s success in their undergraduate or graduate program.

Funds are contingent on the availability of differential fees and are to be used to support students and not faculty expenses, even if related to a student’s work.

Applications are reviewed by the Differential Fee Committee, with funding awarded one time per semester. Plan ahead to submit a funding request. Funding applications should be emailed to sph@unr.edu.

How to apply for the student development award

  • Project types

    Student research/community-based projects may include service learning and volunteer project supplies, project incentives, journal publication fees for peer-reviewed papers, publication of educational materials (e.g. pamphlets, fact sheets, …).

    Career cevelopment activities include conference registration, poster production, guest speaker honorariums, public health certification examination fees, etc.

  • Eligibility

    Grants are available for:

    • Masters and doctoral students actively enrolled in the School of Community Health Sciences.
    • Undergraduate juniors or seniors actively enrolled in the School of Community Health Sciences.

    Students shall only apply for an award once per academic year. While receiving an award is competitive and not guaranteed, students shall receive no more than two awards during each academic program. 

    Each application must include a letter of support and a signature from the sponsoring faculty member using the template provided with the application.

    Proposals will be evaluated competitively, based on the quality of the application and its focus on public health practice and research, attention to underserved areas and populations as well as feasibility.

    Students requesting assistance with publication fees for peer-reviewed papers must be the first author of the manuscript.

    It is expected that students have requested funding from other sources including but not limited to the Associated Students of the University of Nevada (ASUN), Graduate School, and the Western Regional Public Health Training Center before applying for a Development Award.

    Awarded funds may not be used for:

    Students shall only apply for an award once per academic year. Awards will be distributed as follows:

    • Doctoral student: Up to $1000
    • Graduate student: Up to $500
    • Undergraduate student: Up to $250

    Students whose proposals are selected for an award are required to provide a final progress report to the Committee (see Award Procedures).

  • To apply

    Compile an application packet with the following information (Be sure to have all of these pieces ready before submitting your application):

    The online application should include:

    Applications should be submitted by email using the subject “Development Award” to sph@unr.edu

  • Letter of support

    The purpose of the Development Fund is to supplement student research and community-based projects, and career development activities relevant to the student’s success in their undergraduate or graduate program.

    A letter of support is needed from a sponsoring faculty member with each Development Award application and needs to be included with the submitted application.

     As the sponsoring faculty, you are expected to

    • be familiar with and/or be involved with the research, community-based project and/or career development activity;
    • assure that funds are used following the Development Award criteria and according to the budget submitted with the student’s application; and
    • provide input into the student’s final progress report.

    The letter of support should include at a minimum:

    • How long you have worked with the student.
    • Your involvement with the student’s project and why you support the student receiving a Development Award.
    • Describe how this funding will contribute to the student’s success in their academic program.
    • Indicate in the letter that you have reviewed and approve the budget expenses and that they follow the Development Award criteria.
    • Confirm in the letter that the student has requested funding from the University and the outside sources listed in the Development Award criteria and those attempts were unsuccessful.
      • “It is expected that students have requested funding from other sources including but not limited to the Associated Students of the University of Nevada (ASUN), Graduate School, and the Western Regional Public Health Training Center before applying for a Development Award.” Development Award criteria
    • Indicate if you are supporting the student’s activity with funding.
    • Your actual signature (not typed written).
  • Application and award deadlines

    There are limited awards available for each competitive application period. To assure equitable access to the awards across the academic year, application periods are divided by semester. Students are encouraged to apply early in the corresponding application period, noting the date awardees will be notified of their selection.

    Applications submitted more than one semester before the project start date are not eligible for an award and will not be reviewed.

    Development award timeline

    Semester

    Application Deadline

    Notification of Award

    Spring

    February 15th

    March 1st

    Summer

    July 15th

    July 31st

    Fall

    October 15th

    October 30th

  • Award procedures

    Students will be notified by email of an award. Once received, students should follow the instructions in the award notification for information on how to process invoice payments using a University procurement card. 

    Cindy Hovenden (chovenden@unr.edu) can assist with procurement card processing and reimbursements. 

    Invoices and detailed receipts are always needed to pay award invoices and reimbursements. A University credit card will be used for expenses that need to be paid in advance (e.g. publication fees, conference fees...). 

    In the event that a recipient of this award terminates his/her enrollment from their academic program prior to the specified end date of the funded activity(s), or doesn’t complete the funded activity(s), the award may be prorated according to the amount of time completing the funded activity(s). Journal publication fees for peer-reviewed papers will be at the actual costs, up to the maximum amount of the funded award.

    Any remaining monies not used for the funded activity(s) for any reason shall be returned to the Development Award fund.

  • Final progress report

    Award recipients will be required to provide a final progress report within two weeks of the project completion date. The written documentation and an mp4 video file should be emailed to sph@unr.edu using the subject, “Final Progress Report.” Students are strongly encouraged to get input from their sponsoring faculty member while completing the final progress report.

    The final progress report will consist of the following:

    • Written documentation of how the awarded funds were spent.
    • A video lasting no more than three-minutes that includes 1. how the funding supported their educational program success; and 2. three things that the student learned.

    The video may be made public on the School of Community Health Sciences webpage.

    Video instructions

    Write out a script. For reference, three minutes is about 450 words. It is important that your script be written in more of a speaking-style with a natural flow, not how one would write an academic paper. Please be sure to read your script out loud a few times and pay attention to difficult passages and where you breathe. You may find that using academic language can make sentences long-winded and it may help to split sentences up to keep the phrasing natural so you’re not gasping for breath at the end or in the middle.

    Finally, be sure to dress appropriately/professionally and record the video in a professional setting.

    Please include the following in the video:

    • Introduction: A brief overview of the activities funded, including the goal, and the population served by your activities, if applicable.
    • Findings: Three things that you learned through the funded activities.
    • Conclusion: How the funded supported your educational success.