The Millersville University Alumni Association, recognizing that individuals and society benefit from the pursuit of scholarly research, has established the Neimeyer-Hodgson Fund to provide grants in aid for student research. The Fund was established with monies bequeathed to the Millersville University Alumni Association by Minnie Menges Neimeyer '23 and Laura L. Hodgson, mother of Pearl Hodgson '31.
Any full-time student attending Millersville University in pursuit of a baccalaureate degree is eligible to apply for a grant. Students making application for a grant shall forward to the chairperson of the Nominations and Awards Committee, in care of the Alumni Services Office, an application that outlines the field of research. An itemized budget of costs related to the research project, signed by faculty sponsor, shall accompany the application. Applications must be submitted to the Alumni Services Office by noon on the third Friday of October for the fall semester, or by noon on the third Friday of February the spring semester.
Below are the criteria and a sample application for the Neimeyer-Hodgson Grant. Please check the Neimeyer-Hodgson website below for a current application when you plan to apply.
Applications should be submitted to:
Chair, Nominations and Awards Committee
Alumni Services Office
PO Box 1002
Millersville, PA 17551-0302
The Noonan Endowment Fund has been established to encourage and facilitate programs and events for the enrichment of students at Millersville University. The committee that oversees the fund encourages proposals of any kind that enrich the educational experience of students and broaden the cultural awareness of the entire university community. In principle, the committee encourages proposals intended to supplement classroom instruction, and it encourages applicants to seek additional funding from other university or private sources. The Sociology/Anthropology Department, the Anthropology Club and the Sociology Club are eligible to apply. Funding does not cover food or lodging expenses. Noonan Grants will not exceed $500.00.
Types of programs qualifying for consideration:
- Field trips to museums, galleries, theatres, and other cultural settings;
- Active participation in conferences, symposia, and other meetings.
- Off-campus research, performances, or competitions;
- Programs that bring speakers, artistic ensembles, and other performances to the campus.
Preference for distribution of Noonan Endowment Fund monies will be given to: (The following are not in priority order.)
- Activities that involve active student participation such as individual performances or other presentations at national or state societies and conferences;
- Opportunities that may be limited in terms of dates available and/or proximity of locations;
- Programs that benefit the general university community;
- Activities that benefit the largest number of students;
- Activities that appear to be cross-disciplinary in nature;
- Groups who demonstrate that they are conducting activities to help underwrite the total expenses incurred. Cost per student will be a major factor in committee consideration.
The Casselberry Student Research Fund was established in 1990 in order to create a source of financial support to promote student research and academic excellence for departmental majors and minors. The fund was initially established when a 1990 graduate made a donation to establish the fund to express her "appreciation for the opportunity she had to conduct supervised research and present her paper at a regional professional meeting." Her goal was to help future students attain the same experience. In 2003, the fund was named the Casselberry Student Research Fund in honor of Dr. Sam Casselberry, Professor of Anthropology Emeritus, on the occasion of his retirement. Department faculty, alumni and the Sociology and Anthropology Clubs have all contributed to increase the size of the fund.
The purpose of the fund is to support the research activities of department majors and minors who are involved in faculty supervised research in either sociology or anthropology. The amount and number of grants awarded each year is dependent on the amount of money available in the fund.
Criteria for Grant
Any student who is engaged in a departmentally sponsored research project or who is presenting the results one at an off-campus professional conference, may be eligible for a Casselberry Student Research Grant. The minimum criteria for eligibility include:
- Student must have a research supervisor who is a departmental faculty member
- Student must list the other funding sources (Neimeyer-Hodgson, Millersville Student Research Grant, or Noonan Grant) that they are applying to
- A GPA of 3.0 is required in the major (although the committee reserves the right to waive this requirement)
- Priority will be given to majors over minors and seniors over juniors
Appropriate Grant Expenditures
The Casselberry Student Research Grant is designed to support expenses associated with departmental honors research projects, joint faculty-student research, independent research projects or presentation of findings at an off-campus professional conference. Eligible expenses include:
Research Expenses: photocopying, printing, supplies, postage, user fees, software, miscellaneous necessary costs.
Travel to Present Expenses: transportation, hotel accommodations, meals, conference fees, parking.
The student should complete an application form, abstract and budget and submit these materials to the department chair. Applications may be submitted anytime throughout the year for work to be completed or conferences to be attended during the following semester. Applications will be processed on a first-come-first-served basis.
Students who received a Casselberry Student Research Grant are required to submit a post-grant report summarizing the activity completed and explaining how the grant assisted the student in this process. The report must be submitted by the end of the semester during which the activity was completed.
Download the application here