Each year the science faculty at RWU award research grants to undergraduate students to carry out independent research. Working with a faculty mentor, students write a research proposal, including a budget, which is then evaluated by a committee on a competitive basis. Funds are normally awarded twice a year (Fall and Spring semesters) for use in the following semester (Spring awards can be accessed over the Summer as well). Students participating in funded research efforts are expected to submit a progress report and a final report detailing the results of their investigation. As a condition of receiving these grants, students are expected to present the results of their research, either as an internal or external presentation. Some of these research projects may also result in student publications.
If you are interested in conducting independent research, you must begin by carefully choosing a research topic in consultation with a faculty member in the departments of Biology, Marine Biology & Environemntal Science or Chemistry.
Once you have a topic, you should conduct a thorough Literature Survey of the topic to become familiar with the current work being conducted in the same area. After you have conducted the literature survey, you should narrow your focus to a well-defined question that you would like to answer with your research. Working with your research mentor, you should then submit a proposal which details the question you plan to address and how you are going to go about answering the question.
Download a copy of the proposal form (Word document), guidelines (PDF), and instructions (PDF).