EAGLE SPUR FORMS & DOCUMENTS
The Eagle SPUR Program supports all aspects of undergraduate research and creative activity at Southern Miss with grants of up to $1,000 (and a travel supplement of up to $500, if applicable) for one- or two-semester projects and activities.
Grant money may be used for travel (e.g. to present at a conference, perform at a show, visit an archive, etc.), equipment, supplies, a stipend that allows you to devote time to your research project, etc. Competitions for the Eagle SPUR awards are held twice annually. The application deadlines are March 15 and October 15.
This program is supported by generous contributions from our alumnus, Mr. Donald Drapeau, and from the Southern Miss Vice President for Research.
Remember that you are applying for a competitively awarded grant; your writing should be formal, careful, and professional. While your tone should be professional, the proposal review committee, which will evaluate the merits of your request for funding, consists of a group of faculty representatives from different academic disciplines. Since reviewers may not be experts in your specific area, you should explain concepts and define acronyms clearly for a general collegiate audience.
Proofread your application prior to submission to eliminate grammar, spelling and punctuation errors that might detract the reviewers’ attention from the message you want to convey and may lower your reviewer scores.
If you are part of an undergraduate student research team, you may list up to two co-applicants.
Your statement about the origination of the project idea should also explain how this project fits into your broader educational and professional
goals and may contain phrases like “This project is part of the ongoing research in
my professor’s group (or some other research setting)”, “I came up with this idea
when...”, etc. Please also mention whether your project will receive course credit
To support your statements pertaining to objectives and significance of your project, use in-text citations of appropriate sources, followed by a full-citation bibliography. If you are asking for travel support, please explain the purpose of your travel and the benefits to your project. If you are seeking funding to attend a conference, show, competition, or exhibition, indicate whether you will be presenting, performing or exhibiting and whether you have already been accepted to do so.
In your project plan, you should include any specialty materials, software or equipment, as well as access to archives, facilities etc. that will be necessary for you to successfully execute and complete your project, and any preliminary results you have obtained up to this point (if applicable). If you need resources not available at Southern Miss (e.g., a unique instrument or manuscript) to complete the project, please include a statement in this section indicating the steps you have taken to secure access to those resources. If you have undergraduate co-applicants, please explain their roles in the proposed project.
Your expected project outcomes should also address briefly how the outcomes will contribute to the scholarly/artistic community and/or to society.
Your discussion of dissemination of your project outcomes should include specific venues (conferences, symposia, journals, festivals, juried shows, etc.) appropriate to your field, their locations and dates as applicable.
You are expected to work on your project for at least 150 cumulative hours during the funding period. Please consider your course schedule for the project period when you develop your project timeline. Provide a detailed plan that includes milestones for the completion of your project during the period for which you seek funding.
If you would like your Co-Applicant(s) to receive emails pertaining to this application, please enter their email(s) in the "Add other email addresses for notifications" section near the bottom of the application.
If you add a Co-Applicant, the following fields will appear.
All students applying for DCUR funds must have completed the basic CITI training course. Instructions and a link to the CITI training courses can be found here.
Please use the document "Budget Form" provided in the Competition Files.
*Mentor Support Statement
The document "Mentor Support Form" provided in the Competition Files must be completed by your USM faculty mentor.
By submitting this grant application, I am indicating my agreement with/commitment to the following statements: