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Neimeyer-Hodgson Student Research Grant

NEIMEYER-HODGSON STUDENT RESEARCH GRANT

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The Millersville University Alumni Association, recognizing that individuals and society benefit from the pursuit of scholarly research, has established the Neimeyer-Hodgson Student Research Fund to provide grants in aid for student research.


SOURCE OF FUNDING

Neimeyer-Hodgson Student Research Grants shall be funded by the income derived from the investments of the Neimeyer-Hodgson Fund and any additional funds provided by the MU Alumni Association and other donors.  The Neimeyer-Hodgson Fund was initially established with monies bequeathed to the Millersville University Alumni Association by Minnie Menges Neimeyer, Class of 1923 and Laura L. Hodgson, mother of Pearl Hodgson, Class of 1931. [The endowment is managed through the Millersville University Foundation, Inc.] This undergraduate grant program was established in 1983.


ELIGIBILITY

Any full-time student attending Millersville University in pursuit of the baccalaureate degree is eligible to apply for a grant.  The student shall receive only one Neimeyer-Hodgson Grant, and previous grant recipients may not reapply even if participating in a different research project.  


GRANT APPLICATION

Students seeking this grant shall:

  • submit a completed application;
  • include a brief explanation of the research project;
  • submit a detailed research proposal;
  • include a letter of recommendation from one (1) faculty sponsor;
  • include an itemized specific budget;
    • click here for budget request form - please use this format;
    • click here for a properly completed budget example;
    • funding approval for Neimeyer-Hodgson grants is highly competitive. In addition to completing the Budget Request Form, applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a detailed explanation regarding the anticipated expenses;
  • obtain approval from a faculty sponsor;
  • and any other relevant information.

Submit all materials by Friday, February 19, 2016

Click here to be directed to the application.

 

Research Proposal Guidelines

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A research proposal should include the following:

  • Title
  • Purpose
  • Background and Significance with cited sources
  • Study Design
  • Expected Results
  • Discussion with cited sources
  • Once you obtain the data, how are you going to determine the significance of your results? A thought about the appropriate statistical tool to measure and validate or invalidate your hypothesis would be important.

The most fundamental shortcoming of a failed grant proposal is the failure to follow the basic scientific method which should include the following:

  • Ask a question
  • Do background research
  • Construct a hypothesis
  • Test your hypothesis
  • Analyze the data and draw a conclusion
  • Report your hypothesis

 

AWARDING OF GRANTS

The Nominations and Awards Committee, of the MU Alumni Association, shall meet periodically to review grant applications and award grants.  The committee shall report its decisions to the Alumni Association Executive Committee by way of their minutes.  The committee in its deliberations shall abide by the following guidelines:

  1. In any one fiscal year (July 1 - June 30) student research grants shall not be awarded in excess of the amount of income derived from the Neimeyer-Hodgson Fund and other appropriated funds.  Up to one half of the income may be awarded during the Fall application period.  The remainder of the income may be awarded during the Spring application period.  Any income monies remaining after the awarding of grants during any one fiscal year shall revert to the principal account of the Neimeyer-Hodgson Fund. 
  1. Because of limited funds, no grant shall exceed $700 (per project) and partial funding may be awarded. A student shall receive only one Neimeyer-Hodgson Grant, and previous grant recipients may not reapply. If two or more students are working on a project, each student must submit a separate single application with an itemized budget not to exceed $700 (note: each project may not exceed awarding of this amount). 
  1. Funds sought by the applicant shall be used solely for the purpose of the stated scholarly research. 
  1. At the time of the grant application, the research project should be in progress or about to commence. Grant application for research completed before the application deadline date will not be considered.
  1. The grant applicant agrees that any reusable books, instruments, or other materials purchased with grant funds will become the property of the sponsoring academic department.  
  1. Grant funds may be considered for/but not limited to the following research expenses:
  • Computer runs/processing
  • Survey compilation/reproductions
  • Seminar/conference fee(s) for research to obtain information (NOT for presentation of projects)
  • Museum fees
  • Archival fees
  • Paper
  • Stationary supplies
  • Technology (software)
  • Postage
  • Survey incentives
  • Laboratory equipment and materials
  • Books
  • Personal vehicle mileage
  • Photocopies 
  1. Grant funds shall not be awarded for any of the following costs:
  • Tuition
  • Millersville University Fees
  • Wages
  • Conference fees or expenses associated with conferences to present research
  • Membership fees
  • Rent
  • Telephone costs
  • Meals
  1. If the student graduates/leaves the University during the semester of research, and is awarded the grant, monies will be made directly to the student.  Otherwise, monies will be placed in the sponsoring academic department’s account.
  1. A copy of any published materials shall be submitted to the sponsoring department.

 

PLEASE NOTE: The decision of the Millersville University Alumni Association’s Nominations and Awards Committee is FINAL.

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Questions may be directed to the Office of Alumni Engagement at 717-871-7551 or mualumni@millersville.edu in the Duncan Alumni House (207 N. George Street, Millersville).


Submit all materials by Friday, February 19, 2016

Click here to be directed to the application. 



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