Social Sciences, Humanities, and Arts Research Experience (SHARE) Awards

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Program Overview
Eligibility
Application Deadline
How to Apply
Information for Faculty Mentors
Criteria for Review and Selection
FAQ
Forms and Materials


Program Overview

The SHARE program supports undergraduate research projects in the social sciences, humanities, and arts. SHARE is designed especially for students in the earlier stages of their college careers as a means of introducing students to research in their chosen field and of developing skills they will need for further research projects.

In this research apprenticeship, students spend 10 hours per week during the spring semester working on a faculty project. Ideally, a SHARE partnership will continue past the spring semester, allowing both faculty mentor and student apprentice to continue the project, potentially leading to a more independent role for the student.

Examples of SHARE apprentice duties may include, but are not limited to: conducting library research, assisting in experiments, coding and/or analyzing data, and conducting and/or transcribing interviews.

During the Spring semester, student apprentices will receive a $1,500 stipend, and faculty mentors will receive a $500 professional development stipend.

SHARE Teams
SHARE teams consist of a faculty mentor and one student apprentice who apply jointly for the program. Faculty members are encouraged to recruit student apprentices to work with them on a potential SHARE project, and students interested in the program may also approach faculty members to express their interest in a potential project.

Please note: *Only ONE* SHARE student will be funded to work with a particular faculty member.

SHARE Project Examples
Past SHARE recipients have worked within and across a range of disciplines in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. These projects represent some of the possibilities for faculty-student collaboration through this award program.
2017 SHARE Recipients  | 2016 SHARE Recipients | 2015 SHARE Recipients | 2014 SHARE Recipients | 2013 SHARE Recipients | 2012 SHARE Recipients


Eligibility

The student apprentice:

  • Must be majoring or pre-majoring in the social sciences, humanities, or arts at any UConn campus
  • Must be a first-, second-, or third-year undergraduate student
  • Must have a minimum 2.8 GPA
  • Must be a full-time student at a UConn campus during the SHARE semester (i.e., not studying abroad)
  • May receive only one SHARE award during their years at UConn
  • Must be eligible to work on-campus. International students interested in the SHARE program should consult with the International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) Office for information on their eligibility for employment on-campus.

The faculty mentor:

  • Must be a full-time faculty member in the social sciences, humanities, or arts at any UConn campus
  • May submit one (exceptionally, two) SHARE application(s) per application cycle
  • May reapply in subsequent years with the same or different projects

AWARD CONDITIONS

  • Funded projects will start in the spring semester.
  • For funded projects involving human subjects, documentation of IRB approval or of a complete IRB protocol submission must be sent to OUR as part of the award acceptance process. The deadline for award acceptance is Monday, December 11, 2017, so please plan your IRB timeline accordingly.
  • Students agree to devote an average of 10 hours/week to the project for 14 weeks during the semester.
  • Students receive a $1500 stipend, paid out as an hourly wage.
  • Faculty members receive a $500 professional development stipend at the start of the semester.
  • Both student and faculty will independently complete an online, weekly activity log via a link to be sent by OUR.
  • SHARE award recipients must present at the Frontiers in Undergraduate Research Poster Exhibition (during the SHARE funded semester, the following fall, or the following spring).
  • Student recipients must submit a SHARE Completion Form to the Office of Undergraduate Research by Friday, May 4, 2018.
  • Faculty recipients must submit a SHARE Student Apprentice Assessment Form to the Office of Undergraduate Research by Friday, May 4, 2018.

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Application Deadline

The online application for 2018 Student and Faculty SHARE Awards will open in late September. The deadline to submit a SHARE 2018 application is Monday, October 23, 2017.

Award decisions will be sent out in late November 2017. Awards must be formally accepted by Monday, December 11, 2017.


How to Apply

The Student and Faculty SHARE applications for Spring 2018 will open in late September.

There are separate applications for the student apprentice (view student application outline) and the faculty mentor (view faculty application outline). As part of the application, both students and faculty members must upload answers to a series of questions; we encourage the use of the following fillable Word files (.docx) for this purpose, which can then be saved in PDF format and uploaded:

Students, please note that the final question on the application will ask you to certify that you have prepared your application materials in accordance with University standards for academic integrity. Learn more about academic integrity.

Both applications must be submitted no later than the application deadline of Monday, October 23, 2017.
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Information for Faculty Mentors

The research apprenticeship opportunity offered by the SHARE program provides faculty members with eager assistants for faculty-driven projects, allowing faculty members to focus on their own research interests while introducing future researchers to the reality of research in their intended discipline. There is also a potential to continue the student’s involvement with the project past the tenure of the SHARE program, through independent study or research credits.

Faculty mentors will benefit from the assistance of the research apprentice, who will be able to provide support for the faculty mentor with aspects of a project including, but not limited to: library research, assisting in experiments, coding and/or analyzing data, and conducting and/or transcribing interviews. For their commitment to mentoring the student apprentice, faculty mentors will receive a $500 professional development stipend at the start of the semester.

Please note that it is expected that students will prepare their own application materials in consultation with you. The final question on the student application will the student to certify that he/she has prepared his/her application materials in accordance with University standards for academic integrity.

In SHARE teams, faculty mentors serve as “master researchers” to their student apprentices, exposing the students to research methods and procedures. As such, faculty mentors agree to:

  • Directly mentor the student apprentice, including regular face-to-face meetings to discuss the project;
  • Provide oversight and feedback for the student on his/her work throughout the project;
  • Ensure that the student is adequately trained and added to any pertinent research compliance protocols;
  • Provide sufficient tasks and duties for the student apprentice to fulfill the required 10 hours/week devoted to the SHARE project;
  • Complete a brief weekly checklist indicating which tasks the student worked on that week;
  • Complete the student apprentice assessment form at the end of the semester to offer feedback on the student’s performance and contribution to the project; and
  • Make sure the student submits time cards on a biweekly basis that accord with hours worked.

Please note: For funded projects involving human subjects, documentation of IRB approval or of a complete IRB protocol submission must be sent to OUR as part of the award acceptance process. The deadline for award acceptance is Monday, December 11, 2017, so please plan your IRB timeline accordingly.
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Criteria for Review and Selection

Applications will be reviewed by an interdisciplinary faculty committee and assessed on the following dimensions:

  • Potential for student intellectual growth
  • Student interest and knowledge
  • Quality of student proposal
  • Role of student mentee in project
  • Faculty mentoring
  • Selection of student as research mentee

The review committee uses the Rubric for SHARE Applications to assess proposed projects. Student and faculty applicants are encouraged to review the rubric as they draft and revise their application materials to ensure that they meet the criteria associated with strong proposals.

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FAQ

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I’m a freshman. Can I apply for a SHARE Award? What should I enter in the GPA field of the application?

Yes, you can apply. First-, second-, and third-year students interested in getting involved in research are encouraged to participate in the SHARE program to gain the experience and knowledge necessary to continue research in their discipline. Freshmen have received SHARE Awards in past competitions. Please enter 0.00 in the application field that requests a GPA as you do not yet have a UConn GPA.


What are the benefits of participating in a SHARE project?

Because you will be paired with a faculty member on his/her research project, you’ll benefit from close interaction and a mentoring relationship with an expert in your field. You’ll develop as a scholar as you gain first-hand experience with practical application of concepts learned in classes. Students are encouraged to continue their work on the SHARE project with their faculty mentor in subsequent semesters through independent study or research credits. The SHARE project experience can also provide a foundation for independent research leading to the completion of an Honors thesis or capstone project.


How many hours per week will I be expected to work?

During the funded semester, you will be expected to commit 10 hours per week for 14 weeks. You will receive your $1,500 award as an hourly wage.


What are the student apprentice’s responsibilities during the SHARE project?

As a student apprentice, you are responsible for fulfilling all the terms of the SHARE program, including:

  • Devoting at least 10 hours/week to the SHARE project for the 14-week Spring semester;
  • Working directly with your faculty mentor, including meeting regularly, completing assigned tasks, and adhering to any additional requirements set out in the project agreement;
  • Completing a brief weekly checklist indicating which tasks you worked on that week;
  • Submitting a SHARE Completion Form to the OUR at the end of the SHARE semester; and
  • Presenting a poster at the Frontiers in Undergraduate Research Poster Exhibition in the fall or spring semester. Note that a spring presentation can take place during your SHARE semester or the following year.


How can I find a faculty mentor to work with?

Students interested in the SHARE program are encouraged to approach faculty members in their departments or related fields to express interest in partnering on a SHARE project. If you have ideas for a potential research project, familiarize yourself with the faculty research going on in your department and related fields to find faculty members with research interests similar to yours. Be sure to set up an appointment or stop by office hours to talk to the faculty member in person. Once you have a faculty mentor, you will submit a joint application to the OUR.


Can I get course credit for working on a SHARE project?

Under certain circumstances, it may be possible to earn credit for work associated with the SHARE project. The availability of credit will ultimately be determined by the department, and you are encouraged to discuss the possibility with your faculty mentor. In order to earn course credit through an independent study or research course, you will be required to complete additional work outside of the 10 hours/week devoted to the SHARE program. The supplemental work should be of an academic nature and might include writing a final paper about your findings or experience during the SHARE work, contributing to a paper or article with your faculty mentor, or another assignment at the faculty mentor’s discretion.


Can I continue working on the SHARE project after the funded semester?

Yes! Students and faculty mentors are encouraged to continue working on the SHARE project past the funded semester. Express your interest in continuing your work on the project with your faculty mentor at the beginning of the project, to start considering different options. You may also opt to continue your research on an independent project, perhaps leading to the completion of an Honors thesis or capstone project.


How are SHARE funds disbursed?

The $500 faculty professional development stipend will be transferred to the ledger 2 account provided by the faculty member on the award letter. The Office of Undergraduate Research will arrange for the student to be added to payroll and paid for hours reported on biweekly timecards up to the $1,500 award amount.


I have questions about SHARE. Is there someone I can speak with?

If you have questions about SHARE or the application process, contact the Office of Undergraduate Research at our@uconn.edu or schedule an appointment with an OUR Advisor via AdvApp.uconn.edu under “Enrichment Programs.”


I was not selected to receive a SHARE Award. Can you tell me why?

OUR staff are available to meet with applicants to provide feedback about the strengths and weaknesses the review committee identified in their proposals. We will not provide rubrics, scores, or name the reviewers of particular proposals.

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Forms and Materials

SHARE Faculty Application Outline (PDF Format)

SHARE Faculty Application Fillable Template (.docx Format)

SHARE Student Application Outline (PDF Format)

SHARE Student Application Fillable Template (.docx Format)
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