The Human Performance Fund Undergraduate Research Scholarship is available in Fall, Winter, and Spring/Summer terms with two awards available for the 2017-2018 academic year. An additional award is available for Status Indian/First Nations, Non-Status Indian/First Nations, Métis, or Inuit students in the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation.
This award is for undergraduate students in the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation. It supports students wishing to do a research project focusing on human performance. The award is provided for one term (i.e., Fall or Winter). Eligible applicants must:
- Be full time students in the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation
- Have a minimum GPA of 3.0
- Have completed at least 24 credits prior to the commencing the award
- Have completed KIN 209 (Research Methods in Kinesiology) or RLS 210 (Recreation and Leisure Scholarship)
- Propose a research project focusing on human performance, which may include performance in different types of contexts (e.g., sports, extreme environments, performing arts, dance).
Students may apply for this award for a research project being undertaken as part of a practicum or part of a course, for a project that is part of a larger research program (e.g., supervisor’s research program), or for a stand-alone project.
Conditions of Funding
Students who receive this award must agree to the following:
- Spend 8-10 hours per week working on the research project.
- The first installment of the award ($1250) will be paid upon submission and approval of an interim report (approximately 6 weeks after the project commences). The second and final installment ($1250) will be paid upon submission and approval of a final report, which must be provided within 10 days of completion of the project. The reports must be approved by the supervisor then sent to the Associate Dean (Research) for final approval.
- Present findings at the Research Revealed! undergraduate conference (usually held in April).
- Work with the Faculty marketing and communications team to promote their research activities
- Acknowledge financial support from the Human Performance Fund in all publications and presentations arising from the research project. Specifically, award winners must state: “This project was supported by the Human Performance Fund grant from the President’s Office of the University of Alberta”.
- Identify a supervisor and work with the supervisor to develop a research proposal.
- Write research proposal. Have the supervisor approve the proposal
- Submit application to Nick Holt, Associate Dean (Research), via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) by August 1st at 4 pm (Fall term application deadline) or December 1st at 4 pm (Winter term application deadline) or April 1st at 4 pm (spring/summer deadline) or at 4 pm on the following business day if the deadline falls on a weekend or public holiday.
The application form for the Human Performance Fund Undergraduate Research Scholarship is available here.
- Cumulative GPA. Particular attention will be given to grades achieved in research methods and other courses directly relevant to the proposed research (60% weighting).
- Research proposal. The review committee will consider if the proposal is clearly supported by the supervisor, is novel, and is viable in the time frame (30% weighting). Note that the student’s project may be part of a larger project, but the student’s portion of the larger project must be viable within the time frame of one academic term.
- Other awards or scholarly activities. The committee will consider other awards the student has achieved along with other evidence of scholarly engagement, such as previous work on research projects, presentations, and scholarly activities in the wider community (10% weighting).