Information for Agencies

The list of community-based awards is updated as awards become available until the application is open. Once the application is available, no new opportunities will be added.

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Purpose of the Award

The 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 projects are derived through dialogue between local agencies or businesses and Undergraduate Research, to make sure that they meet the following criteria:

  1. Questions are of immediate interest and potential application to the community
  2. Questions 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 Undergraduate Research 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:

  1. Project Title
  2. Research question/problem statement
  3. Background description that explains 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 projects will be advertised by Undergraduate Research to students, who will 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 will be reviewed by agency personnel and the candidates will be ranked. Final selection of candidates will be made by Undergraduate Research in consultation with the agency.

Awards (up to 20 per year)

An award of $1,800, provided by the University of Nevada, Reno, will go to the student in the form of salary as a student worker. Students will work approximately eight 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.

Timeline

For projects being conducted from August 1-December 20:

  • Proposals must be submitted from agencies by mid-February
  • Students will apply by the 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

For projects being conducted from 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

Participating Agencies

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.

Currently Proposed for Funding

Funded Projects

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