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Neimeyer-Hodgson Student Research Grant


The most basic fundamental shortcomings of a failed grant proposal are the failure to follow the basic scientific method. In short, the scientific method follows the following outline:

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

In general, a research proposal should contain the following:

  • Title
  • Purpose
  • Background and Significance with cited sources
  • Study Design
  • Expected Results
  • Discussion with cited sources
  • Once you get 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 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 Income:

Neimyer-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 '23 and Laura L. Hodgson, mother of Pearl Hodgson '31. [The endowment is managed through the Millersville University Foundation, Inc.] This undergraduate grant program was established in 1983.


Any full-time student attending Millersville University in pursuit of a baccalaureate degree is eligible to apply for a grant. The students shall recieve 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:

  • forward a completed application (see guidelines below);
  • include an explanation of the research project;
  • include a letter of recommendation from one (1) faculty sponsor;
  • include an itemized specific budget sheet (Please follow format of the budget sheet below); and
  • any other relevant information.

Submit all materials by Friday, October 16, 2015 to:

Office of Alumni Engagement
Millersville University
P.O. Box 1002
Millersville, PA 17551-0302


or hand deliver to Duncan Alumni House (First Floor), 207 N. George Street, Millersville


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:micro

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.

2. Because of limited funds, no grant shall exceed $700.00 (per project) and that partial funding may be awarded. The students shall receive only one Neimeyer-Hodgson Grant, and previous grant recipients may not reapply. It two or more students are working on a project, each student must submit a separate single application with an itemized budget not to exceed $700.00 (note: each project may not exceed awarding of this amount).

3. Funds sought by the applicant shall be used solely for the purpose of the stated scholarly research.

4. At the time of the grant application, the research project should be in progress or about to commence.

5. Grant application for research completed before the application deadline date will not be considered.

6. 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.

7. 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 additional information (NOT for presentation of projects)
  • museum fees
  • archival fees
  • paper
  • stationary supplies
  • technology (software)
  • postage
  • survey incentives
  • conference fee to obtain information not present
  • laboratory equipment and materials
  • books
  • personal vehicle mileage ($0.40/mile)
  • and photocopies

8. Grant funds shall not be awarded for any of the following costs:

  • Tuition
  • Millersville University Fees
  • Wages
  • Expenses associated with conferences attended to present research
  • Membership fees
  • Rent
  • Conference fees to attend
  • Telephone costs
  • Meals

9. 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.

10. A copy of any published materials shall be submitted to the sponsoring department.




The decision of the Millersville University Alumni Association's Nominations and Awards Committee is FINAL.

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