LIFE Scholars Summer Research Program

Summer 2014

Application Deadline
May 16, 2014

Selection Announcement
May 26, 2014

The Summer LIFE Scholars Program provides an opportunity for undergraduate students to work with a Center for Healthy Aging Research faculty member to develop research skills and an understanding of opportunities in science and research. LIFE Scholars must be enrolled for fall term 2014 or intend to complete bachelor’s degrees at Oregon State University.

Overview

The population of Americans aged 65 and over is expected to double in the next 25 years. By 2030, almost 1 out of every 5 Oregonians will be 65 or over.

The vision of the OSU Center for Healthy Aging Research is to become nationally and internationally known for innovative research, education, and outreach that enhances quality of life for older adults, their families, and society. Center researchers from multiple OSU departments join together to plan, coordinate, and conduct collaborative, multidisciplinary studies designed to optimize the health and well-being of aging individuals and their families.

A unique feature of the Center is its cellular to societal focus. It is organized around four research cores:


Eligibility

Students currently pursuing a baccalaureate degree at OSU and who are in good academic standing are eligible to apply.

Only faculty associated with the Center for Healthy Aging Research are eligible to serve as Faculty Project Advisors. Information on faculty associated with the Center is available on each of the CHAR Research Cores page.


Award Information

The maximum award is $2,000 (total from both department and CHAR). Awards must be spent in the Summer 2014 term. Up to five awards will be made in 2014.


Matching Funds

Departmental matches that bring total support to $2,000 are strongly preferred.  Students should prepare their budgets showing the total amount requested from both CHAR and the participating department.

If funds for the proposed project have been requested from other sources, please attach a list to the application showing the amounts requested and potential funding sources.


Use of Funds

Awards are made to support scholarly, creative, and research activities in the interdisciplinary field of aging. Center for Healthy Aging Research support will not be in lieu of existing grant funds previously budgeted for undergraduate research assistance. Work schedules are to be negotiated between the student and the Faculty Project Advisor.

Budget Items ELIGIBLE for support

  • Student salaries or wages
  • Travel by undergraduate researchers to conduct research
  • Library costs (e.g., duplication costs, acquisition of reference materials)
  • Expendable materials and supplies

Budget Items NOT ELIGIBLE for support

  • Faculty, postdoctoral or graduate student travel
  • Equipment purchases
  • Costs to prepare, copy or bind undergraduate theses
  • Travel to meetings or conference

Application Procedure

Download and complete the Center for Healthy Aging Research LIFE Scholars application form (docx). A hardcopy can be mailed. If you are unable to access this electronic form or have questions concerning the application form, contact the Center for Healthy Aging Research (737-4992). Please allow one week for delivery of a paper copy.

  1. Complete all sections of the application form.
    • Complete items 1 - 9 within the space provided. Proposals must be written by the student, but should be planned and implemented in close coordination with the faculty project advisor.
    • Obtain appropriate signatures (item 10) from Faculty Project Advisor and Faculty Project Advisor's department head
    • Complete items 11 and 12 on separate pages, as described.
    • Questions can be directed to Carolyn Aldwin, Director, Center for Healthy Aging Research


    Research Compliance

    Due to the regulatory compliance requirements inherent in research, students must submit the proper forms and receive approval from the appropriate compliance committees prior to the start of their research. Please note that the Regulatory Compliance Section (Item # 9) must be completed by all applicants.

  2. Attach the following supporting documentation to the end of the application:
    • Student's resume.
    • Letter of support from the faculty member who will be overseeing the project or activity.
    • Transcript (an unofficial transcript is acceptable).
    • If applicable, a list of funding requested from other sources.
  3. Submit the completed application.
    • 1 original (single-sided) and 3 copies (double-sided, please) which include: application and supporting documentation, by 4:30 p.m. on the deadline date to: Sandy Frye, Center for Healthy Aging Research, Oregon State University, 401 Waldo Hall, Corvallis, OR 97331

Incomplete proposal packages will not be considered for funding.


Deadlines

All application materials, including supporting documentation, must be received at the Center for Healthy Aging Research, 401 Waldo Hall, by 4:30 p.m. by the deadline indicated at the beginning of this announcement.


Review Procedure

The Center for Healthy Aging Research LIFE Scholars Advisory Panel will review all eligible proposals. The Advisory Panel will provide a prioritized list of funding recommendations to the Director of the Center for Healthy Aging Research based on the quality of the proposals as reflected in the review criteria. Funds will be awarded based on these recommendations.


Review Criteria

The Center for Healthy Aging Research LIFE Scholars Advisory Panel is composed of faculty members appointed by the Center for Healthy Aging Research Director. Students should direct their proposals to a general audience, avoiding the use of jargon and unexplained acronyms.

The Center for Healthy Aging Research LIFE Scholars Advisory Panel will evaluate each proposal using the following criteria: (Not in order of importance)

Scholarly Merit

  • What is the relevance of the project to aging research?
  • Would funding this project create a professional experience for the student that might not otherwise be accessible?
  • What educational/experiential benefits will the student gain?
  • Is the project interesting?
  • Will the proposed activity significantly expand or diversify the student’s or scholarly base?

Nature of Proposal

  • Does the proposal provide a clear statement of overall project objectives?
  • Does the proposal provide a clear statement of the student’s role?
  • Does the proposal provide independent research study for the student?
  • Are the proposed methods appropriate and accurate?
  • Does the proposal provide clear and specific budget information? (e.g., itemized list of materials and supplies?)
  • Is the text of the proposal well written?
  • Is the personal data well-prepared?

Leverage

  • Will the project create opportunities to continue the research/scholarly experience for the student beyond the Center for Healthy Aging Research funding period?
  • Will the project help position the student to pursue further scholarly, professional, creative opportunities (e.g., graduate school)?

Other Considerations

  • Is the student’s future educational or career plan related to the field of aging?
  • Is this a new research experience for the student?
  • Student GPA
  • Has the student received funding from other OSU undergraduate research sources?

 


Other Requirements

If more information regarding research compliance is needed, access the following from the Undergraduate Research, Innovation, Scholarship & Creativity (URISC Program, "Other Requirements").

  • Sponsored Programs . Ethical Use
  • Regulatory Compliance . Human Subjects
  • IACUC: Live Vertebrate Animals
  • Environmental Health and Safety: Recombinant DNA molecules or chemical carcinogens
  • Radiation Safety: Ionizing radiation

Any presentations and/or publications made possible by using Center for Healthy Aging Research funding are required to include the statement: "This publication/presentation was funded in part by the Center for Healthy Aging Research, Oregon State University."

Final Reports and Presentations

A final, scholarly report will be due at the end of summer term. The report should contain a brief summary of the activities performed using Center for Healthy Aging Research support. It should also state the benefits gained from this support, including further scholarly activities, research progress, collaborative relationships, and any publications or additional funding made possible for the student. All LIFE Scholars are also expected to participate in at least one public presentation concerning the program and research completed.


Past Posters, Presentations and Research