Grants and Support for Intentional Learning Plan Implementation

These funds are allocated to support Intentional Learning implementation, support faculty, student, and staff activity directly related to intentional, integrative, engaged teaching/learning and cannot be used for other purposes. Please see below for opportunities to enhance the teaching/learning environment for our students/faculty.

1. Undergraduate Research Educational Stipends
The purpose of the Undergraduate Research Educational Stipends is to provide support for undergraduate students to engage in research and creative scholarship under the guidance of a faculty mentor. This program is administered by the Committee to Institutionalize Undergraduate Research and Creative Scholarship (CIURCS). Undergraduate research and scholarship at WCU are defined as: An inquiry, investigation, or significant creative achievement conducted by an undergraduate student with a faculty mentor and designed to make an original intellectual or creative contribution to the discipline with an expectation of dissemination . In some fields this work may consist of a discovery-based research project while in other disciplines this may consist of the demonstration of creative achievement through public performance, juried exhibition or demonstration. The undergraduate research educational stipends will require students to make connections and synthesize their learning at WCU. Please see attached for guidelines and application.

2. Intentional Learning Plan Development Grants  
These grants for up to $1250 provide support to a faculty or staff member for academic and co-curricular activities connected to the implementation of the Intentional Learning Plan goals (effective communication; practice civic engagement; solve complex problems; clarify and act on purpose and values; and synthesis). Applications are accepted througout the academic year.

3. Undergraduate Academic Project Grants
These grants for up to $500, administered by a faculty committee and the Honors College and funded by the Intentional Learning Plan, support undergraduate research and creative work at Western Carolina University. Any full-time student or group of students working with a faculty sponsor is eligible to apply for a grant that might provide support in many ways, including travel to discipline-related conferences, equipment, or supplies. Rolling application.

4. Intentional Learning Plan – Non-Conference Travel Requests
In a few instances, faculty or staff may request funds to support student travel for reasons other than presenting at a professional conference. While these funds are limited, the Intentional Learning Plan Steering Committee will review and support applications that meet the spirit of the Intentional Learning Plan. Rolling application.

Faculty or staff may request funds to support student travel for reasons other than presenting at a professional conference. While these funds are limited, the Intentional Learning Plan Steering Committee will review requests that are submitted using the following as a guide criteria:

  1. Indicate student’s contact information (include name, major, GPA, email address) and whether the student is an undergraduate or graduate student;
  2. State explicitly the connections between this experience and the Intentional Learning Plan learning outcomes and other program learning outcomes to be addressed and assessed as part of this travel experience;
  3. Indicate the specifics of the experience, e.g., what the selected student will be doing while at the event/venue;
  4. Indicate a budget/outline of anticipated expenses;
  5. Include a statement about follow-up activities and dissemination of results from this experience;
  6. Provide the eligibility or selection process/qualifications student needs to meet if there are any;
  7. Indicate other sources of funding, e.g., department, college, private funds, etc.

5. Student Travel Funds for Conference Presentation 
These grants are designated to support student travel for conference presentations. Funds will support graduate or undergraduate students whose work explicitly connects with Intentional Learning Plan learning outcomes.

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