Graduate Research Awards for Student Projects (GRASP)

The GRASP awards support research activities for graduate students in the College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences. Graduate students from Biology, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Technology, Mathematics and Science Education are eligible to apply. The awards, in amounts up to $750, are specifically for costs related to research projects that are part of the student's degree program. All awards must be expended by June 30.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

  • Awards will be based upon the scientific merits of the proposed project
  • The award is open to any graduate student with regular degree status in the College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences
  • To be eligible, the student’s graduate adviser must verify the intended use of the monies
  • A student is eligible for support of one GRASP award per academic year. At most, only two awards will be given to a student

Eligible Costs

  • Computer software and hardware, laboratory or field research supplies
  • Relevant office costs (mailing, photocopying), library services
  • Travel costs directly related to research activities
  • External laboratory fees/costs

Ineligible Costs

  • Student wages, academic course fees
  • Costs related to presentation of results (travel, thesis, publishing)

Submission Guidelines

Application forms are available from the CHAS Dean's Office, departmental offices and the CHAS website. Applications must be submitted by the third Monday in September for fall semester and the first Monday in February for spring semester. Submit all materials to the Associate Dean, College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences, CAC 266, 0358.

Required Materials

  • Cover sheet (Please use the form provided.)
  • A narrative written entirely by the student outlining the research project (2-page maximum, 12 pt Times New Roman or similar-size font, 1-inch margins all around). The narrative should address the following:
    1. An overview of the project AND how it will specifically add to the current literature in this area, that is, why this project is important to do?
    2. A description of the student's academic and/or research background that ties directly to the project.
    3. A description of how the project will contribute to the student's overall education at UNI.
    4. A description of how the results of the project will be disseminated (conference, publication, etc.).
      Students may be contacted to clarify any aspects of the narrative that are unclear.
  • A one-page budget sheet (provided) that includes description of item, costs per item, total number of items, and total project costs. Additionally, a ustification of the items must be included in the budget sheet.
  • GRASP Application