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SOAR

Summer Research Grants

Overview

The goal of the Student Opportunities for Academic Research (SOAR) summer research grant is to facilitate student research in collaboration with a faculty mentor. Projects may be based on a faculty member's existing research or newly designed by the student and faculty mentor. SOAR provides students and their faculty mentor a stipend for up to ten weeks of full-time work. Proposals may also include a request for project expenses. The SOAR committee invites students and faculty to submit proposals for the Summer Research Grant by the Monday after Spring Break.

Eligibility

At the time of the project, a student must be of at least sophomore standing, and have completed at least one full-time semester at Moravian College. If the QPA of the student is less than 3.0, the faculty mentor will include an explanation of why the student is recommended for the program in the cover-page form.

At the time of the project, a faculty member must be a current full-time faculty, an Emeritus faculty member of the college, or a current adjunct faculty member who has taught at the college for at least two full years.

Calendar and Compensation

  1. The official summer research program runs for ten weeks, beginning the first day of the Summer Session
    • Applicants may request shorter time periods with student and faculty stipends adjusted accordingly. Students may not work more than the equivalent of ten 40-hour weeks (400 hours total)
    • Applicants may request a time period beginning before the official start or ending after the official end of the summer program, as needed based on their research plans, but the official program encompasses the 10-week period beginning the first day of Summer Session I.
  2. Students receive a $3,000 stipend and work 40 hours per week during the program.
  3. Faculty members receive $1000 if working with one student or $1750 if working with two students (even if the students are on different projects). SOAR no longer accepts proposals with more than two students.
  4. Students receive on-campus housing during the official dates of the summer research program.
  5. In addition to the standard stipend, applicants may request up to $500 per student for equipment, supplies and/or travel expenses. If the project involves travel outside the continental United States, the request may be up to $1,000 for travel expenses. Travel expenses must be travel for the purpose of conducting the research. Travel for conference presentations can be requested via separate SOAR Travel Grants.

Expectations

  1. Each student meets regularly with his or her faculty mentor.
  2. Unless the project work site is remote from Moravian College, students and faculty mentors attend regular meetings where SOAR participants share their work.
  3. Students and faculty work with Public Relations to produce a profile of the student and his or her project.
  4. Students participate in the Moravian College Scholar's Day.
  5. By the first day of the fall semester, the faculty member submits a report (template provided) to the SOAR director assessing the project.
  6. By the first day of the fall semester, the student submits a report (template provided) to the SOAR director describing his or her accomplishments for the project.