In general, projects submitted to the research competition involve a systematic process of investigation or study that will produce facts or theories, apply such knowledge to problem-solving within the discipline or in society, or pursue a specific avenue of inquiry. Results of research should be worthy of submission for publication in refereed journals and should serve as foundation for an external funding application.

Requested support can be in the form of summer stipend, supplemental assigned time, summer graduate research assistantship, and/or supplies, expenses, equipment, and travel (SEET).

Please see the Aspire Calendar to view the deadlines for Pre-Submission and Full-Submission proposals for this competition.


Congratulations to AY 2016/17 awardees:

  • Katie Lawson- COH -Daily Experiences of Women in Male-Dominated Majors
  • Kendra Lowery- TC - Training Teachers How to “Be”: Leveraging the Coach-Leader Identity to Increase Student Engagement & Decrease Behavior Incident
  • Jill Bradley-Levine- TC - Teacher advocacy for marginalized students as a practice of leadership
  • Emil Khisamutdinov- CSH - RNA Theranostic Nanoprobes: From Design to Responsive Delivery and Treatment of Prostate Cancer
  • Kimberly Zoder-Martell- TC - Evaluating School Personnel Acceptability of Web-based Training Through Conjoint Analysis
  • Mahamud Subir- TC - Probing Photochemical Reaction at the Surface of a Particle Mimicking Colloidal Natural Organic Matter


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