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Overview: Research-Intensive Course Mini-Grants

Purpose

Research-Intensive Course Mini-Grants provide support to instructors interested in incorporating more intensive research and creative projects into their undergraduate classes.  Class projects envisioned by instructors should push students further in the Research/Creative Cycle (pdf) than would normally be expected of the typical student enrolled in the course. These could be semester-long research projects, or shorter, more focused, units of a class that build research skills.  The goal of this program is to increase the number of students who have the opportunity to have a research experience at KU, as well as to provide professional development opportunities for faculty interested in expanding their teaching toolbox.

For the Fall 2020 semester, we are providing mini-grants to support instructors who would like to incorporate larger research/creative projects into their courses, as well as to instructors who would like to build online tutorials or exercises that could scaffold research skill development in flexible class formats.  Workshops for the Fall 2020 group of mini-grant recipients will focus on how to support student research skill development across online, hybrid, or in-person formats

Grant recipients will participate in an online workshop prior to the start of the semester, and will also do some prep work before that meeting.  Recipients will be required to submit an assignment or teaching tool that will be available to other instructors after teaching the course.  See the "Expectations" page for more details.

 

Funds

Grant recipients will receive $500 at the beginning of the semester that could be for the instructor's own personal use or to support the course itself.  Funds can be processed through payroll or transferred to a departmental account. If the instructor decides to use the funds for the course, funds could be used for things such as:

  • supplies for the project
  • a class trip to visit an archive, field site, etc.
  • paying a graduate or undergraduate research consultant to assist with the class and guide students on their projects.  The grant recipient would select these students and hire them as hourly employees to assist with the course.

 

Eligibility

Lawrence-campus tenure-track faculty, teaching professors, and full-time lecturers are eligible to apply for a Research-Intensive Course Mini-Grant. 

Eligible courses must be Lawrence-campus or online classes that enroll primarily undergraduate students.  The course must be offered during the Fall 2020 semester.  Instructors teaching classes from across the disciplines of sciences, social sciences, arts, humanities, and professional schools are encouraged to apply.   Undergraduate classes of any size, and at any level (introductory to advanced), are eligible. 

If you are unsure if you or your course qualify, please email cur@ku.edu to inquire about eligibility.


Research-Intensive Course Mini-Grants

Deadline for Fall 2020: July 20, 2020, 11:59 pm

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