Information for Agencies

Community-Based Undergraduate Research Award

Undergraduate Research (UR) at the University of Nevada, Reno has created an undergraduate research award based on conducting research that directly addresses community-based problems.

If you are an Undergraduate Student, check back regularly to see what new community-based projects become available. A complete list will be available after February 4, 2018. No new community-based opportunities will be added once the application is made available.

Application for Community Partners

Purpose of the Award

This award is designed to help answer questions of direct interest to agencies and non-profits in the community that are of an applied nature and can be translated into research questions. These questions would be derived through dialogue between local agencies or businesses and UR, to make sure that they meet the following criteria:

  1. They are of immediate interest and potential application to the community
  2. They are suitable for undergraduate students in their complexity and extent

  3. There are personnel within the agency willing to provide mentorship to the student

Developing Research Proposals

The role of the agency is to develop questions they want addressed and the role of UR is to ensure that these questions are appropriately scoped for an undergraduate student researcher to complete in a semester. The agency will develop a project proposal that provides: (application for award)

  1. Project Title

  2. Research question / problem statement

  3. Background: Includes what the agency currently knows (available data), what the agency would like to learn through this project (e.g. data to collect, surveys to conduct, analyses to perform), and why it is important to the community.

  4. Deliverable - this may be a report, map, suite of policy recommendations, etc.

  5. Suggested minimum skills / desirable field of study for student applicants

  6. Agency contact (Name, phone, email)

Solicitation and Application

The problems will be gathered into a group and advertised by UR to students, who would then complete an application. Applications require a letter of support from a faculty member willing to mentor the student. All applicants for a specific project would then be reviewed by agency personnel and the candidates ranked. Final selection of candidates will be made by UR in consultation with the agency.

Participating Agencies

Currently Proposed for Funding: 

*Due to budget constraints, not all projects proposed for funding will not necessarily be funded. Funding decisions will be based on available funds, number of applicants, and number of projects funded per organization.

**These projects are still being revised and will be up soon

Funded Projects:


Awards (up to 20 per year)

An award of $1,800, provided by UNR will go to the student in the form of salary as a student worker. Students will work approximately 8 hours per week over a 15-week semester. Funds required for on-site materials or transportation to field sites would be provided by the agency. A $500 stipend will go to the faculty mentor.

Timing

Projects to be conducted during the dates of August 1-December 20

  • Proposals must be in by mid February
  • Students will apply by end of March
  • After application period, agencies will have time to review student applications, set up interviews (optional), and decide on their top picks.
  • Student-agency matches will then be determined and decisions will be disseminated to students and agencies by end of April

Projects to be conducted during the dates of January 20-May 1 

  • Proposals must be in by early September 
  • Students will apply by end of November
  • After application period, agencies will have time to review student applications, set up interviews (optional), and decide on their top picks.
  • Student-agency matches will then be determined and decisions will be disseminated to students and agencies by end of December 

Application for community partners.