KU BEARS Grant Funding
Purpose: The purpose of the KU BEARS program is to support faculty/student research pairs over the summer. The goals are twofold: to develop the necessary skills set of undergraduate students to help them become student researchers and to provide faculty members with paid student research assistants. Undergraduate students selected for the program will receive summer pay for research tasks assigned by a faculty supervisor. By assisting faculty members in their research, students selected for the program will learn the knowledge and skills necessary for conducting advanced research in their field.
Award: Funded projects will be allotted up to $2,000 to cover student wages and FICA (7.65% of wages) and $500 for presentation travel for the student; if multiple students (2 maximum) are working on a project, the funds must be split among the students. For 2021, a total of $50,000 is available for the KU BEARS program. Please note that taxes come out of the $2,000. This means that students’ take-home pay is less than $2,000 in total; students receive $2,000 minus taxes.
If the campus is open and students are allowed to be on campus in the summer, KU housing will be provided for students who need housing during the summer research experience. Housing location is to be determined in the spring semester. Housing can be available between 5/19/2021 – 8/06/2021; cannot guarantee housing between the end of the spring semester and 5/19 or between 8/06 and the beginning of the fall semester.
Students must present at the KU INSPIRES celebration of undergraduate research and creativity in April 2022.
Eligibility: The program is open to all faculty members (tenured, tenure-track, and adjunct) and to those undergraduate students who are current freshmen, sophomores or juniors. Only one KU BEARS grant may be awarded to a faculty member or student per summer. Faculty are encouraged to identify underrepresented students within their freshman or sophomore year to be part of their research program. Examples of underrepresented include low-income students, minority students, and women in the sciences.
To Apply: Use the proposal template. The proposal must be formatted as a Word document or PDF and emailed from the faculty member to Ms. Heather Arbuckle at email@example.com in the Office of Grants & Sponsored Projects. Ms. Arbuckle will send a confirmation email back to the faculty member. Important - the section of the proposal titled "Potential for student growth and development" must be written by the student.
Deadline for Submission: Applications are due by Thursday, February 25, 2021, at 4:00 PM.