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Q: I am interested in applying for a research award. However, the project I am considering doing is a bit large for a single individual to complete. I was wondering if it was possible for a team of three students to apply for the award and each student to be eligible to receive funding?
A: It is often the case that a particular research project is part of a much larger research investigation. However FUSE is structured to fund one student/one project. One possibility would be for the three of you to identify three projects that complement one another (one for each student), and then apply separately. Note that each proposal will be reviewed separately and will need to stand-alone. In particular, there will be no advantage (nor will there be any disadvantage) conferred on your project because it is part of a much larger scale investigation.
Q: When should I start the IRB application process?
A: You should start the process as soon as possible. The IRB application process takes time. In the past, there were students who received FUSE grants and were not able to begin their project because they didn't obtain IRB approval in time.
Q: Can I get Independent Study credit for my FUSE project?
A: No, you cannot get academic credit for your FUSE project. While you can certainly use an independent study project to acquire the background necessary for your FUSE project, any work for an independent study must be separate from the work for your FUSE project. At the time of application, it might be a good idea to work with your faculty mentor to outline how the course credit activity will complement the work supported with the FUSE funding.
Q: Can I receive more than one FUSE award?
A: Yes, a student can receive a FUSE award each year. However, a student cannot hold more than one FUSE award at a time.
Q: Must I be a full-time student to apply for a FUSE grant?
A: No, but you must be enrolled during both spring and fall of 2014 with no plans to
graduate before December, 2014. However, if you are a senior and have committed to a UNO graduate program, you are eligible to apply for the FUSE. If your proposal is selected for funding, your award is contingent upon your commitment to a UNO graduate program.
Q: Can non-faculty staff members serve as faculty mentors?
A: As a general rule, no. However, in unusual situations, the staff member should contact Dr. Griff Elder, FUSE Director, to discuss the situation.
Q: Can a student have more than one faculty mentor?
A: As a general rule, no. However, in unusual situations, the student should contact Dr. Griff Elder, FUSE Director, to discuss the situation.
Q: How will the proposals be evaluated?
A: The proposals will be evaluated by a committee of UNO faculty. The evaluation sheet they will use is available on the ORCA web page at http://www.unomaha.edu/orca/fuse.php
Q: What do I need to include in the timeline?
A: A good timeline should include a start and end date, and provide a week-by-week description of the activities proposed in the project description.
Here are some questions to consider as you set up your timeline:
-What are your estimated start and finish dates?
-Are there stages, steps or phases to your project?
-What external deadlines or constraints influence your project?
-Is this timeline realistic?
Please review the exemplar proposals posted on the FUSE website to see an example of good timelines.
Q: How do I acknowledge the FUSE grant in a paper for a technical workshop/conference?
A: For clarity's sake, please use "the University of Nebraska at Omaha Fund for Undergraduate Scholarly Experiences." It is a good idea to use language consistent with the norms in your discipline. So for example, in mathematics if you were the first author on the paper, you would write, "The first author was partially supported by a grant from the University of Nebraska at Omaha Fund for Undergraduate Scholarly Experiences."
Q: A conflict has recently arisen, and it is no longer possible for me to present my FUSE project at the Research and Creative Activity Fair (RCAF). What should I do?
A: An essential ingredient of research and creative activity is dissemination. This is why we require the RCAF presentation. If you are not able to participate in the RCAF you will need to disseminate your project through a journal article or professional organization presentation, with the outcome of this dissemination reported back to FUSE by your mentor.
Q: What do I need to include in the Budget Justification?
A: A budget justification explains why each item in the budget is needed to accomplish the scholarly work proposed in the project description. It is important to make certain that everything included in the project description that requires funding is listed in your budget and then explained in your budget justification.
Please review the exemplar proposals posted on the FUSE website to see an example of good budget justifications.
Q: May I include the purchase of a laptop in my budget?
A: If you request equipment, you need to explain why existing equipment at UNO is insufficient to meet your needs. With laptops, this is a difficult argument to make.
Q: There are books that I need for my project. The Library doesn't have them. Can I include funds to purchase those books in my FUSE proposal budget?
In most cases, the Library can purchase the books your need within two weeks of your FUSE Mentor's request. Your mentor will have to work through their department's library liason to do this. Additionally, the library has a Special Loan Privilege form that you and your FUSE Mentor can fill out that will enable you to keep the book checked out for longer than the usual check-out period. Visit the library's site for more information.
Q: My project requires a camera that retails for $1,000. Is this something that I can include in my budget?
A: If you thoroughly justify the need for the camera and the lack of existing equipment, you can certainly include it. On the other hand, you need to be aware that equipment purchased with FUSE money is the property of UNO. The camera will have to remain at UNO when the project ends.
Q: May I decline the $2,000 student stipend and devote the entire $2,500 award to the project budget?
A: Yes. The maximum stipend a student may receive is $2,000. However, if the entire $2,500 award amount is needed for project expenses, the project budget may exclude the student stipend amount.
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