Thanks to SPARC II funding, undergraduate research grants can provide up to $200 per to reimburse research expenses incurred during AY 2012-2013 in conjunction with a course taken for academic credit in the College of Science and Technology or the College of Liberal Arts. These expenses include (but are not limited to) supplies, subscriptions, memberships, conference registration fees and transportation costs. These grants are a great resource for students pursuing independent study, honors projects, or looking for funding to travel to represent Armstrong at regional and national conferences. In addition, students get practice applying for funding, following requirements, and working outside of the classroom with a professor. Students from any college on campus may apply; the application and requirements are available on the Undergraduate Research homepage.
Of the two dozen recipients of funding this year through the SPARC Grant, history major Sami Mastrario is pictured above with W.E.B. DuBois’ great-grandson Arthur McFarlane. With her UR grant, Sami attended the WEB DuBois and the Wings of Atlanta conference in Atlanta, Georgia to gather information for a paper she is writing for Soci 3200: Racial and Ethnic Minorities. Professor Mary Barr encouraged her students to attend this important national conference; two successfully applied for funding to support their academic travel. Other students have received funding to attend conferences across the southeast, for project materials, and fees for professional organizations.
Photo By: Mary Barr