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.
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:
- Indicate student’s contact information (include name, major, GPA, email address) and
whether the student is an undergraduate or graduate student;
- 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;
- Indicate the specifics of the experience, e.g., what the selected student will be
doing while at the event/venue;
- Indicate a budget/outline of anticipated expenses;
- Include a statement about follow-up activities and dissemination of results from this
- Provide the eligibility or selection process/qualifications student needs to meet
if there are any;
- 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.