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Internal Funding for Students

The Office of Research and Graduate Studies provides funding opportunities for main campus students to conduct, present, and be involved in research. For detailed information on award guidelines, eligibility, and the application checklist, view the electronic award guides.

Funding for students depends on the amount of applications submitted and the available budget. Preference is given to applicants who have not yet been awarded within the academic year. Only applications submitted online using the appropriate link will be reviewed. 

List of the internal funding for students:

 


Student Travel Award


The Student Travel Award supports both graduate and undergraduate students that have been accepted to meetings or events sponsored by professional organizations for the purpose of reporting the results of research, exhibiting or performing creative works, or otherwise disseminating results of their scholarly activity. 

Students Eligible:  Main campus degree seeking Undergraduate and Graduate Students

Award: Up to $800

Guidelines 

  1. Guidelines
  2. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Templates

  1. Traveler Profile (if you are requesting airfare)

Submission Process

Only applications submitted online will be accepted for review. 

 

Individual Application

Apply

 

Group Application

Two or more students are attending and presenting at the same conference. This application will require designation of a primary communication contact for all related material. 

Apply as a Group

 

Close Out Process

If you applied and were awarded before travel, once you return please submit the Expense Report to begin the reimbursement process. 

If you have already attended but did not apply for an award, please submit an application. 

Submit an Expense Report

 

 


 Undergraduate Student Research Award


 

Undergraduate Research Fund

The Undergraduate Research Award supports and encourages mentored scholarly research, scientific inquiry, and inventive technology. This award is for undergraduate students who are conducting research projects and need financial assistance for necessary materials to begin, collect data, and share completed research. Costs for projects include subscriptions to software for data collection and/or data analysis; publication costs; materials such as lab supplies; or other costs for research related materials that are not available at the university and are necessary to complete the research project.

Award: Up to $1,200

Guidelines

  1. Guidelines

Submission Process

Only applications submitted online will be accepted for review. 

Apply

 

  


Graduate Student Research Award


 

Graduate Research 

The Graduate Research Award supports students engaged in independent scholarly research, scientific inquiry, inventive technology, and artistic/ creative activity and is intended to help students pay extraordinary or unusual costs incurred in research projects. Costs for projects include subscriptions to software for data collection and/or data analysis; publication costs; materials such as lab supplies; or other costs for research related materials that are not available at the university and are necessary to complete the research project.

Award: Up to $1,000

Guidelines

  1. Guidelines

Submission Process

Only applications submitted online will be accepted for review. 

Apply

 

 


Graduate Student Opportunities


 

Graduate Research Assistant (GRA)

The purpose of this program is to provide institutional financial support to graduate students within the context of a mentored research experience, the award is restricted to graduate students who are:

  • Regularly enrolled in either a master’s or doctoral program
  • In good academic standing with the University
  • Enrolled in at least six hours in the semester or session in which that the appointment occurs (doctoral students in dissertation writing who have completed their minimum dissertation enrollment and are on “continuous enrollment” status may meet this requirement with one hour of enrollment)

This award may not be combined with other tuition discounts.

Award: $2,500 student account stipend 

Current Openings

There is currently one GRA opening within the Department of Biology. 

  • GRA Job Description - Biology 

     

    Department:                        Department of Biology

    Location:                             AT&T Science Center

    Supervisor:                        Dr. Ana Vallor

    Supervisor Phone:            (210) 805-3017

    Supervisor E-mail:             vallor@uiwtx.edu

     

    Job Title:                                 Graduate Research Assistant               

    Pay Rate:                                 $2,500 student account stipend per semester

     

    General Job Description/Qualifications:

    Brief description of project.

    The graduate research assistant (GRA) will be working in a biological laboratory in the AT &T Science Center, assisting with a project addressing drug discovery of the next generation antimicrobials from soil and water isolates collected in South Texas. The student will meet with the faculty member bi-weekly to plan and provide written updates of student field samples throughout the semester.  Student will be trained in microbiological techniques and maintain spreadsheets to catalog experimental field isolates.  In addition, he/she will also be responsible for identification of microorganism using standard microbial techniques, DNA isolation and chemical analysis of cell growth extracts.  Student will aid the instructor in collection of laboratory samples (DNA) to be sent for sequencing for identification and collect data at the end of the semester (either through computer generated laboratory reports or lab note books for this report).  It is hoped that the GRA will also be able to generate a presentation of their own at the end of this experience.

     

    Learning Outcomes

    1.     Analytical/critical thinking skills

    a.     Systematically collect, organize, and present appropriate data in graphs, tables, or figures. 

    2.     Information competency

    a.     Retrieve, evaluate, and use contemporary microbiologic information from credible sources. Access microbiological data from a variety of sources including UIW Library databases as well as the internet.

    3.     Technology skills

    a.     Use technology to email, produce documents and create graphs and tables for reports in Microsoft Office programs.

    4.     Oral and Written Communication skills

    a.     Exhibit oral and written communication competency through project spreadsheet reports and lab presentations.

    5.     Professionalism, team work, and project management

    a.     Effectively work in a team comprising, of the faculty person, undergraduate researchers and teaching assistants; managing time, tasks and personality differences.

    6.     Lab safety skills outside of the classroom

    a.     Correctly perform microbiologic lab skills and display a habit of good lab practices which extends to relevant situations in the future workplace of the student.

    This position is restricted to graduate students who are:

    1.     Regularly enrolled in either a master’s or doctoral program

    2.     In good academic standing with the University

    3.     Enrolled in at least six hours in the semester or session in which that the appointment occurs (doctoral students in dissertation writing who have completed their minimum dissertation enrollment and are on “continuous enrollment” status may meet this requirement with one hour of enrollment)

     

    Specific Skills Required:

    1.     It is preferred that the GRA have taken a microbiological course with during the undergraduate or graduate years.

    2.     Hands on experience with standard laboratory techniques practiced in a microbiology and or molecular biology laboratory (undergraduate classroom lab experience will count) is preferred.  This will enable the student to work independently on their own.

    3.     Knowledge of the maintenance of cultures of microbial cells, make growth media, Bio-safety practices in the biology laboratories.

    4.     Computer skills (PowerPoint, Excel, Word, etc.)  to generate and maintain spreadsheets to catalog and track biological samples and to assist students with class/research posters for presentation at conferences.

    Anticipated Work Schedule

    GRA will be expected to meet with the Faculty member at least twice a week for an hour-long conference to discuss updates on the progress of the microbial samples and extracts.  The GRA should spend a minimum of 3-4 hours a day twice a week to prepare any media or isolates for the project, subculture microorganisms and check for purity etc., and conduct experiments describe in this application.  Morning or Afternoon will be dependent on the GRA’s work and course schedule. 

    2 hours conference

    8 hours a week in the laboratory

Submission Process

Please submit your resume to the supervisor listed in the job description.  

Graduate Assistant (GA) 

Graduate Assistant positions (GAs) are awarded to outstanding UIW graduate students to provide services in support of the University mission and the Graduate Dean’s Strategic Initiatives of community matters, mission continues, and globalization for peace. 

The aim of these strategic initiatives is, in collaboration with university and community stakeholders, to address common challenges in graduate education by enriching the experiences of graduate students through intentional programming, curriculum integration, and community partnerships.

Award: Up to 6 hours of tuition support per semester (12 hours per academic year)

Current Openings

We currently have two GA positions open for this semester only. The positions are 10-20 hours per week, depending on the student’s availability. Please review GA job description for more details. 

GA Description

  • GA Description 

    Department: Office of Research and Graduate Studies

    Location: Administration Building, Suite 1A

    Supervisor: Dr. Osman Ozturgut, Dr. Ana Wandless-Hagendorf

    Supervisor Phone: (210) 805-3036           

    Supervisor E-mail: wandless@uiwtx.edu                 

     

    A completed application includes the following:

    1.     Application Form

    2.     CV or Resume

    3.     Cover letter indicating which of the three Graduate Dean’s Strategic Initiatives you would like to support; what skills, preparation, and experience you can contribute; and what you anticipate you will learn and gain from your participation in this program. (1 page) 

    4.     Academic writing sample such as a literature review, research proposal, or other work. (no more than 15 pages)

     

    Job Title:                                 Graduate Assistant               

    Pay Rate:                                 Up to 12 hours tuition paid (6 hours per semester for two semesters), at the graduate level rate of $915 per credit hour

     

    General Job Description/Qualifications:

    Graduate Assistantships (GAs) are awarded to outstanding UIW graduate students to provide program development, research, and writing services in support of the University mission and the Graduate Dean’s Strategic Initiatives.

    Interested students will apply to one of the three initiatives: Community Matters, Mission Continues, or Globalization for Peace. The initiative to which GAs are appointed will be closely related to the student’s area of academic and career interest.

    The aim of these strategic initiatives is, in collaboration with university and community stakeholders, to address common challenges in graduate education by enriching the experiences of graduate students through intentional programming, curriculum integration, and community partnerships.

    ·       Community Matters Initiative

    The aim of this initiative is to facilitate and improve graduate student engagement through collaborating with communities, from local to global, within and outside the university.

    ·       Mission Continues Initiative

    The aim of this initiative is to improve the experiences of graduate students through planning and implementing activities that focus on the UIW Mission.

    ·       Globalization for Peace Initiative

    The aim of this initiative is to address the challenges confronting the world by finding collective solutions that promote and facilitate peace—through internationalization of the curriculum and of related learning outcomes, through affirming intentionality in international student engagement, and through opportunities for discussion with graduate student population at UIW.

     

    Essential duties and responsibilities:

     

    The initiative to which GAs are appointed will be closely related to the student’s area of academic and career interest. The GA will be expected to work up to 20 hours per week during the Spring 2018 semester on the development of programmatic service activities, writing, and research projects in support of the Dean’s Initiatives. GAs must be highly motivated and will be expected to complete projects within predetermined timelines with minimal supervision

    The successful candidate must demonstrate the following abilities:

    1.     Ability to communicate well, both orally and in writing

    2.     Ability to organize time and tasks efficiently

    3.     Understanding of UIW’s mission and the needs of UIW’s graduate student population

    4.     Ability to think creatively and take initiative

    5.     Ability to work independently and in small groups

    6.     Desire to develop knowledge and skills related to graduate student engagement 

    This position is restricted to graduate students who are:

    1.     Regularly enrolled in either a master’s or doctoral program

    2.     In good academic standing with the University

    3.     Enrolled in at least six hours in the semester or session in which that the appointment occurs (doctoral students in dissertation writing who have completed their minimum dissertation enrollment and are on “continuous enrollment” status may meet this requirement with one hour of enrollment)

    Preference will be given to applicants who display financial need.

     

    Specific Skills Required:

    1.     Microsoft Office suite

Submission Process

Only applications submitted online will be accepted for review. 

Apply

 


For more information contact:

Dr. Trinidad Macias

Sponsored Projects Coordinator

trmacias@uiwtx.edu

(210) 805-2539