The 2021 George Fox Richter Scholars Kickoff and Information Workshop recording from September 21st will be posted here once available (check back for link)

Overview

The Richter Scholars program supports independent student research projects conducted under the guidance of a faculty mentor. The program relies on funds awarded through the Paul K. Richter Memorial Fund and the Evalyn E.C. Richter Memorial Fund, distributed by the Bank of America. The purpose of these funds is to support educational research opportunities that encourage the practices of independent thought leading to independent achievement and personal responsibility. In keeping with this intent, the Richter Scholars program at George Fox distributes funds to support student research activities that are devised, initiated, and carried out by individual student researchers, with mentorship, guidance, and expertise provided by a faculty mentor. For the purpose of this program, research is defined as a knowledge-generating activity that is designed to provide new information on a topic, tool, or process, and that proceeds according to established and accepted research methods.


Guidelines For Applicants (Updated September 2021)

Eligibility

Richter grants are available to full-time graduate (8 hrs per semester) or undergraduate (12 hrs per semester) students at George Fox who are actively pursuing their degree and are in good academic standing. The applicant’s cumulative GPA at George Fox must be at least 3.0. Undergraduate students must have at least sophomore standing to be eligible for a Richter grant. Transfer students are eligible to apply so long as they meet all eligibility criteria. Proposals are submitted by individual students, and separate proposals must not request funding for the same research. Individual students may submit separate proposals to work on separate components of the same larger project, but each student’s submission must describe a full research investigation.

A proposed project must be completed before an applicant’s graduation date. Funding is for research that has not yet been conducted, and funds cannot be used to reimburse students for research that has already been completed.

An applicant must have identified a faculty mentor prior to submitting a research proposal, and should consult with the faculty mentor in the preparation of the proposal.

Collaboration with other students and researchers is encouraged, but the proposal should provide clear evidence of student leadership and involvement in all aspects of the proposed research. The proposal materials should indicate clear support from a faculty mentor with expertise in the area of the proposed research, but the research must be designed and conducted predominantly by the student. Faculty mentors are expected to be involved by providing guidance on appropriate research methods and tools, discipline-specific and research-focused materials to support student learning (e.g. books, articles, protocols), feedback on project design, proposal development, data analysis, and research dissemination, and general expertise and resources that support the student’s proposed work.

Funding

Funding is awarded in the fall semester for research that is usually conducted over the summer immediately following notification of the award. While data analysis and dissemination activities may extend into the following fall semester, most of the research effort should occur during the summer.

Please Note: Research may be done during the academic year; however, stipends can only be paid during the summer months.

Undergraduate proposals may request funds for a stipend and supplies.

  • Stipends may not exceed $4,200, and are not assessed based upon an hourly rate. Thus, the stipend should not be seen to indicate the number of hours of work that should be dedicated to the research.
  • Stipends can only be paid during the summer months and not during the academic year.
    • Students may NOT work on campus as a student employee for more than 20 hours a week and be awarded a stipend. 
  • Students must provide their own summer housing. University housing is available to Richter students at a discount. It is your responsibility to apply with Student Housing.
  • Supply requests should be restricted to those supplies that are necessary for the proposed research and that are not available through University resources.
  • Funds for domestic and/or international travel may be included in the initial budget request if the travel is necessary to collect data*. Travel requests must be based on the most reasonable rates available for transportation, lodging, and meals.
  • There is not a specific limit on the amount of funding per student, but funded requests typically do not exceed $5,600.

Graduate proposals may only request funds for supplies and travel to collect data; graduate students are not eligible for stipends.

Requests for travel funds to present research results at a conference or to disseminate the research through another venue should not be included in the original request. Remaining funds may be made available to support travel to present Richter-funded research at a professional conference. These funds should be requested only after the original funding request has been awarded and a research presentation has been accepted. Conference travel requests will be considered by the Richter committee as they are received. Requests should be made using the form available at this link (which is subject to change); completed forms should be submitted to Vetta Berokoff (vberokof@georgefox.edu) along with documentation confirming acceptance of the conference abstract, paper, or poster. Travel grants will not be awarded until the final report from the research grant has been submitted to Vetta Berokoff. 

Richter research grants are specifically for the proposed research project and do not affect other George Fox scholarships or grants.

*University-related travel may be restricted due to COVID. Because of the unpredictable nature of the ongoing pandemic, it is uncertain whether restrictions will be in place the summer of 2022. If travel is an important component of your data collection effort, please include it in your proposal and clearly address your plan to modify your research should travel be restricted in your contingency plan.

Proposal Deadline - October 18, 2021

Proposals should be typed using 12-point font, one inch margins, Times New Roman font, with single line spacing. As you prepare your proposal, please bear in mind that it will be reviewed by faculty from diverse disciplines; make every attempt to make your proposal intelligible and clear to a general academic audience, and to minimize discipline-specific jargon.

A faculty committee will review the applications (guidelines for partial evaluation) and notify students by email of the decisions on or before November 30, 2021.

Projects are to be completed by November 1st, with reports due December 1st, and while the student is enrolled at George Fox University. Students will be required to have their research presentation videographed during the spring semester. Prior videos can be found on the university YouTube Channel

Students, with your faculty mentor determine which proposal you will be applying for:

 
Students, use this link to electronically submit your application, proposal, budget and transcripts:

Faculty mentor’s support letter should signed and uploaded by the faculty mentor using the linkbelow
 by the proposal deadline:


Review Process

All proposals that meet eligibility criteria will be reviewed by a faculty committee consisting of graduate and undergraduate faculty representatives from a range of academic disciplines. When making funding decisions, the committee will consider (1) the merit of the proposed research, (2) the likelihood of the research plan to be successful, (3) adherence to proposal guidelines, (4) the extent to which the proposed work represents independent student research, (5) the anticipated support provided by the faculty mentor and how this will impact the student’s experience, and (6) the total amount of funding available to be distributed. Following review, the committee will make one of the following decisions on each proposal:

  • Award as submitted.
  • Award with changes.
  • Invite the applicant to resubmit with specified improvements.
  • Reject with no opportunity to resubmit.

Applicants will be notified of the committee’s decision by email.

Accessing of Funds