NSF-RII Faculty-Student Summer Research Grants

Six NSF-RII Summer Faculty-Student Research Fellowships will be available for Summer 2015, with each award including the following components:

    $4,000 summer research stipend for the undergraduate research student

    $2,000 in research supplies funding per student

Each faculty-student research project is expected to last a minimum of ten weeks, and include opportunity for professional dissemination in the following academic year at the regional/national level. Since this grant is funded through NSF’s EPSCoR initiative, there is significant focus in serving underrepresented minority (URM) populations in South Carolina, particularly given Furman’s overall campus diversity compared with our state’s demographics. With that in mind, students supported by this award will be recruited from URM groups with emphasis on African-American students, including women in Chemistry, Computer Science, Math, Physics and Engineering), including undergraduates at Furman, South Carolina’s historically black college/university (HBCU) campuses (Allen, Morris, Voorhees, Benedict, Claflin and South Carolina State), South Carolina Technical Colleges (e.g., Greenville Tech) and Converse Women’s College.

Any Furman faculty member is eligible to apply; as noted above, the primary requirement is the demonstration of logical ties between the research to be conducted and an improved understanding of the science that may be required to construct new organs, whether on the biological, molecular, physical or computational level. 

NSF-RII Proposal Guidelines

The primary aim of this year’s NSF RII student summer fellowships is to identify projects broadly supportive of the South Carolina theme in biofabrication. Proposals submitted for NSF-RII funding will be evaluated by internal review facilitated by the Furman Project Director.  Proposals are due by February 16, 2015, and awards will be announced by early March.  Authors of successful proposals will be expected to work with the Project Director (Dr. John Wheeler) in identifying an appropriate student who will be supported during the period of the award.


Proposals should be presented on 8 1/2” by 11” scale, 1” margins, 12-point Times font (single-spaced). An MS Word or pdf copy should be submitted directly to Dr. John Wheeler in the Office of Integrative Research in Sciences by the submission date (john.wheeler@furman.edu)


Cover Page: Include project title, faculty and students names and departmental affiliation

The proposal Narrative is limited to two pages (including figures, excluding cover page and references) that should include the two sections designated below, each with the appropriate heading. 

Section A: Project Aims, Background and Relevance (1 page).   The applicant should provide appropriate background, perspective and significance of the proposed work that is to be accomplished as it relates to the SC program goals.

Section B: Research Plan (1 page).  This section should provide a brief synopsis of the experimental plan to be followed, as well as the specific role(s) of the student(s) in carrying out that work. Bear in mind that if you request funding for more than one student, you should consider the individual and unique contributions that each undergraduate will make to the overall project that facilitate opportunities for independent presentation. Keep in mind that review committees are comprised of individuals with diverse backgrounds who may be totally unfamiliar with jargon, abbreviations, etc. that may otherwise be routine in your field of specialization.

Section C: Student Information (Please submit student form(s) with the application, available from john.wheeler@furman.edu on request).

Budget. Budgets include a student stipend ($4,000) and up to $2,000 in supplies/student for a 10-week research period, during which the faculty member and student are expected to devote full-time effort.

Biographical Sketch.  The application should include a standard NSF two-page Biographical Sketch, including training, publications, and synergistic activities. An indication of prior effort in mentoring research students should be provided in this form.  (For example, under synergistic activities, “I have mentored 10 undergraduates in full-time summer research since 2010, supporting 2 extramural proposal submissions and resulting in 7 student presentations and 1 student co-authored publication”).​ 

Follow-Up Activities

By September 1, 2015, faculty awardees must provide a short report on their research activities and an accounting of supplies expenditures. The report should address specific research goals delineated in the original proposal, and the degree to which those goals were accomplished, and the student contribution(s).  Also included should be information on student/faculty publications or presentations completed or in progress.​ 


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