Frequently Asked Questions
  1. Who is eligible to submit a proposal?
  2. I am graduating by the end of the summer. Can I submit a proposal?
  3. How specific should a proposal be?
  4. How long should my proposal be?
  5. How do I satisfy the requirement of conducting research for one quarter prior to summer?
  6. Can I have more than one mentor?
  7. Can I submit more than one proposal in response to the annual Call for Proposals?
  8. Can I reapply if I was previously awarded or not awarded?
  9. Can I submit an ID-SURE and SURP proposal for the same project?
  10. What types of projects can a proposal be for?
  11. I am an international student at UCI. Can I submit a proposal for funding?
  12. Can I enroll in summer classes if I have received an ID-SURE Fellowship?
  13. If I do not get funding, can I still do research?
  14. What is an Honorary Interdisciplinary Research Fellow?
  15. How is ID-SURE monitored? That is, how do I prove that I have completed the 320 hours of full-time research?
  16. Can I transfer my award to another student?
  17. My presentation at the Symposium will be different from what was proposed. Is this acceptable?
  18. What if I want to discontinue my project?


 

Who is eligible to submit a proposal?
ID-SURE is open to all non-graduating (must be a returning student) UCI undergraduates who are in good academic standing and who will be involved in a faculty-mentored research project or creative activity for at least one quarter prior to summer. For example, if you started your project in the spring, you would still be eligible. For multiple students who are working with the same faculty mentor(s), they should submit their own individual proposals, but elaborate on how individual contributions relate to ones by other group members.


I am graduating by the end of the summer. Can I submit a proposal?
No. You need to be returning for the following academic year.


How specific should a proposal be?
The proposal should include some background on the topic, what exactly is being researched or creatively developed, the role of the student, a projected timeline, a letter of support from the faculty mentor, and the student’s personal statement. For more help, consult the Proposal Guidelines and browse through some Sample Proposals.


How long should my proposal be?
Typically proposals are five double-spaced, typed pages, but yours can be as long as it takes to justify your request in a convincing manner. For some examples, browse through our Sample Proposals to give yourself an idea.


How do I satisfy the requirement of conducting research for one quarter prior to summer?
Students can become involved in faculty-mentored research activities that include a project-related literature review, some initial hands-on training experience, as well as refining the initial research methods outlined in their proposal. Students are not required to enroll in a 199-like course to satisfy this requirement, but are encouraged to do so.


Can I have more than one mentor?
Yes. Make sure that you have discussed and received approval regarding this arrangement with all faculty mentors.


Can I submit more than one proposal in response to the annual Call for Proposals?
No, you can only submit one proposal.


Can I reapply if I was previously awarded or not awarded?
If you have not previously been awarded an ID-SURE grant, you may reapply for one, but you are allowed only one ID-SURE Fellowship during your undergraduate studies.


Can I submit an ID-SURE and SURP proposal for the same project?
Yes, but do not expect to receive full funding from both sources. We recommend that you indicate in both applications that you have applied or intend to apply for the other fellowship. Considering that the review cycle for ID-SURE is concluded before the SURP decision-making process starts, it is possible that a supplement will be awarded to you through the SURP Program. This is of course assuming you will conduct research for more than 320 hours, and depends on the quality of the proposed project.


What types of projects can a proposal be for?
A proposal should focus on an interdisciplinary faculty-mentored research project or creative activity related to health promotion and disease prevention. The proposed project must be conducted by a UCI undergraduate student under the guidance of a UCI faculty member. Proposals may range in scope from developing a new project or continuing an ongoing research effort either on campus or at an existing field placement site.


I am an international student at UCI. May I submit a proposal for funding?
Yes! ID-SURE funding is avaialable to all UCI undergraduate students.


Can I enroll in summer classes if I have received an ID-SURE Fellowship?
Students who receive the ID-SURE Fellowship may enroll in summer courses, upon receiving approval from their faculty mentor(s), as long as they meet the 320-hour minimum requirement of the fellowship. For students who wish to enroll in an independent research course during summer (i.e. 199 or equivalent), a special negotiated rate will be charged by Summer Sessions. Hours for the fellowship should be counted separately from hours for academic credit. You cannot get academic credit and receive payment for the same hours. This means that if you sign up for 199 or equivalent, you must complete more than 320 hours of research time.


If I do not get funding, can I still do research?
Of course! ID-SURE only facilitates and provides funding, if needed. You are also encouraged to apply for funding through other programs, including UROP and SURP. Keep in mind that UROP also provides you the opportunity to present and publish your research through the UCI Undergraduate Research Symposium and The UCI Undergraduate Research Journal. If you don’t get funding from any of these sources, the continuation of your project is dependent upon the approval of your faculty mentor.


What is an Honorary Interdisciplinary Research Fellow?
An Honorary Interdisciplinary Research Fellow has enough funding for his/her project, but would like to participate in the activities, and receive the recognition and benefits that go with being an ID-SURE Fellow.


How is ID-SURE monitored? That is, how do I prove that I have completed the 320 hours of full-time research?
You are expected to keep track of your time and submit a timesheet at the end of the program signed by your mentor. The second half of your stipend is contingent upon receiving an evaluation from your faculty mentor of your performance and their recommendation to award or not award you the remaining stipend. This is prompted by an e-mail your faculty mentor will receive from UROP Director Said Shokair.


Can I transfer my award to another student?
No. If another student needs funding, s/he must apply for his or her own project.


My presentation at the Symposium will be different from what was proposed. Is this acceptable?
Yes, but any dramatic changes need to be discussed with and approved by your faculty mentor.


What if I want to discontinue my project?
Meet and discuss this with your faculty mentor. If you have come to the decision to terminate your involvement with a project, write an e-mail to UROP Director Said Shokair explaining your situation in detail. If you decide to end your project after you have received a stipend, return the check to the UROP Office or if you have already deposited it, write a check for the amount of the award to “UC Regents” and bring it to the UROP Office.


 



For any other questions, please contact the UROP Office.

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