Senior Research Project Supplement
Awards: Up to $1500 (October 2 deadline) and up to $350 throughout the academic year as funding permits. If you are a Feb and doing a year-long project that needs more than $350 in funding, please contact us to discuss your project.
Overview: SRPS is designed to support senior research projects. For 2013-14 the upper limit is $1500; however the average award is about $485. Expenses are reimbursed (see the approved expense types below) and must occur after your application is approved. Prior summer expenses may be reimbursed in October only if an application is submitted for preview prior to beginning the project. Feb and May 2014 graduates may apply.
Selection: Funding will be awarded on the basis of the quality of the application and the availability of funds. Preference will be given to students who do not have access to funds in their major departments. You may receive only one award from the SRPS.
If your research involves human subjects, such as interviewing or testing, it must be approved by the Institutional Review Board: http://www.middlebury.edu/academics/resources/irb
Funding notification will be emailed by mid-October. Otherwise, rolling applications are reviewed each Monday.
Reimbursement: Reimbursements for expenses incurred require receipts and a completed reimbursement summary form. This form should be checked and signed by your adviser or the departmental coordinator, and submitted to the URO. You will only be reimbursed for activities that were approved in your SRPS application.
Materials can often be ordered directly through your department coordinator.
Note: Generally funding will be limited for applications with one large expense ($1500 for airfare or a piece of equipment for example).
Supplies- needed to conduct research. Some equipment purchased shall remain the property of Middlebury College for future use by other students.
Travel to conduct interviews, fieldwork, or research- save all travel related receipts and keep track of all mileage ($.40 per mile).
Compensation of research subjects- compensation as a gift certificate from a College facility such as the Grille or the College Store is preferred. However, arrangements can be made to pay small cash stipends (up to $10 each) with the appropriate documentation.
Photocopying of research materials (not thesis proposals or completed theses)- a receipt must accompany reimbursement requests for photocopy expenses.
Please note that requests to purchase computer programs, technological resources, books or media need to be checked with LIS to see if the college doesn't already own or is willing to purchase for general use.
Because they are limited, these funds are intended to support the conducting of research, rather than the presentation of research results. Students looking for funding to attend an academic conference should apply to the Academic Conference Travel Fund.
Please contact URO if you have reimbursement needs that are not listed above.