University of Washington Bothell
Founder's Fellow Awards
The University of Washington Bothell Office of Research is pleased to announce that the application period for 2014-2015 UW Bothell Founders Fellow Awards for Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity is now open. These awards are possible because of the generous support of the UW Bothell Founder’s Endowed Fellowship. The purpose of these awards is to encourage and recognize the participation of undergraduate students in research in all disciplines and inter-disciplines represented on the UW Bothell campus. These awards will allow students to focus more attention and time on their research, scholarship and creative activity. Students from all disciplines are encouraged to apply. Funding is available for winter and spring quarters for up to $750 per quarter for two consecutive quarters for a total of $1500. Award recipients are expected to present at the UW Bothell Undergraduate Research Symposium in May 2015. Please check with your financial aid advisor to see if this award will affect your financial aid package.
All application materials must be received by Monday, December 5nd at 5 pm. The application can be submitted online via the Office of Research email. Hard copies or scanned copies of the application cover sheet signed by you and your mentor are required before your application can be considered. All recipients of the award must have a signed certificate of understanding on file before the money is distributed. Please check the side bar for further information and files.
- Applicants must be enrolled UW Bothell undergraduate students registered full time (at least 12 credits) during the award period and pursuing a bachelor’s degree at the UW Bothell. Candidates do not need to be U.S. citizens. Matriculated UW Bothell undergraduate students from any program and discipline are eligible to apply.
- Students must be pursuing a research project under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Applicants must already be engaged in research with faculty by the beginning of the quarter in which they apply. For example, students applying for the Winter/Spring 2014 quarter must have started their research by the beginning of winter 2014 quarter.
- Award recipients must continue with their research and remain full-time undergraduate students during their award period.
- Students who applied for a Mary Gates Research, Leadership or Venture Scholarship can also apply for a UW Bothell Founder Fellow Scholarship; however, students cannot receive both at the same time.
- If you have other scholarships, fellowships, awards or stipends supporting your research project and you are also selected for a UW Bothell Founder Fellow Scholarship, you may not be eligible to receive the full amount of this award. The Office of Research reserves the right to adjust funding to promote equity among awardees.
- Students who have received the UW Bothell Founder’s Fellow scholarship are not eligible to apply for a second award.
If you receive need-based financial aid, please check with the Financial Aid office to learn more about how receiving a UW Bothell Founders Fellow scholarship may affect your financial aid package.
Complete applications must include the following documents in this order:
- Applicant and mentor information
- Letter of support from faculty mentor
- Project description. (No more than two pages, double spaced, 11-12 point font) Answer in terms comprehensible to a non-specialist the following prompt: In your own words, describe your research project (goals) and what you and your faculty mentor hope to learn from your work (outcomes).
- Student background and qualifications (No more than one page, double spaced, 11-12 point font). Describe your previous training and experience (course work, creative activity, laboratory experience, work and life experience) that has prepared you to successfully complete this project. Discuss your motivations for getting involved or starting the research project and how this work contributes to your education and to the development of your future career plans. Include the length of time you have worked with your mentor.
- Methods, timeline and dissemination (Written by the student, no more than one page). Although your plan of action will evolve, briefly outline the methods or process that will be employed in achieving the goals of this project, as well as a tentative schedule for its completion. Discuss how and when the results of your project will be shared.
- Carefully follow all instructions and ensure that your application is complete. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
- Describe your research project so that it can be understood by a person unfamiliar with the discipline and your specific research. Please note that the review board consists of faculty and staff from a wide range of disciplines, and it is essential that your application be easily understood by all of the reviewers.
- Write your project description in your own voice. It is important that reviewers get a sense of your enthusiasm and understanding of the project.
- Describe how your faculty member guides and supports your growth and learning. If you have yet to establish a working relationship with this mentor, describe how you plan to collaborate with and learn from this person.
- Applications are screened for completeness.
- A committee of 2-3 faculty will review your application, and then the Undergraduate Research Steering Committee will meet to make the final selection based on the reviews. Reviewers will examine your application essay for evidence of the nature, extent, and quality of your research activities and the role you play in this research. At least one of these reviewers will be a researcher in an area close to or in your project discipline, but may not be experts in the precise area of focus of the proposed project (e.g., a student working in marine biology might have reviewers from biology, fisheries, or marine biology). The second and third reviewer will be a "generalist." These reviewers are generally a faculty or staff member who understands the research enterprise well. Reviewers provide numerical scores and comments, based on a rubric that encompasses the selection criteria.
- All applicants receive notification and all applicants, funded or not funded, are invited to receive feedback on their applications.
The review process takes up to 8 weeks.
The committee evaluating your application will use the criteria listed below. All criteria do not need to be satisfied; these are the factors that reviewers will take into account in their evaluation. However, the more criteria you can address, the more likely your application will be well-received.
Quality of Applicant
- Adequate academic preparation for proposed work and the student's potential for success
- Motivation: sincere curiosity and interest in topic or research experience
- Mentor's overall assessment of student's abilities and potential for learning and contributing to the research
Understanding of Research
- Clarity and depth of the project description
- Student’s ability to place his/her research in a broader context
- Student’s demonstrated facility with the concepts, methodologies, and questions in the field of study; project description clearly written in student's own voice
- Student’s articulation of his/her responsibilities and how they relate to the overall research project
Quality and Intensity of Experience
- Student's investment in the research
- Level of participation and challenge matching the student's intellectual development needs
- Quality of mentoring support and the research environment
Educational and Long-Term Impact
- Achieved and potential learning benefits of research experience
- Longer-term education and/or career goals and description of how this research experience moves them toward goals
Feedback on your Application
All applicants have the option to request feedback on their application, whether it is funded or not. Feedback must be requested within two months of notification of awards. Applicants are strongly encouraged to request feedback. Even if you are not reapplying, you may still find it valuable to hear what aspects of your proposal could be improved if you are planning to apply for other scholarships, graduate school, grants or even a job.
Any University of Washington faculty member may serve as a mentor. In circumstances where students work frequently with a non faculty member, it is often appropriate for the student to ask this person to serve as an additional mentor. This person may write a supplementary letter and submit it online.
- Letters of support can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org and are due December 6 at 5 pm.
UW Bothell Founder’s Fellow mentors are asked to write a letter of support for the applicant. The letter should describe the following, providing examples to illustrate your assessment and recommendation:
- the research project,
- the ways in which this student contributes to the research,
- how this student’s education is enhanced by participation in this project, and
- anything else you would like us to know about this student’s strengths, talents, potential and/or areas for improvement.
Learn more about Research Mentors here!
The UW Bothell Undergraduate Research Steering Committee would like to thank the University of Washington Undergraduate Research Program and Mary Gates Endowment for Students for their helpful advice on implementing this program and our ongoing collaboration to increase undergraduate research opportunities on our campus.