A summary list of stipends and grants...
Below is a summary list of stipends available to faculty teaching inquiry-based sections of courses, as well as grants available to faculty-student dyads completing inquiry projects within their respective fields of study.
More detailed requirements to receive the various stipends or grants are outlined in the proposal applications. Any questions about these opportunities can be directed to the director of the Office of Undergraduate Research and Inquiry at OURI@ut.edu.
First-Year Seminar (available since Fall 2016)
Each year we aim to provide students in the First-Year Seminar course with early exposure to the inquiry process via the BAC or HON 101/102 sequence. Each inquiry-based section is taught from the perspective of the faculty’s ongoing research interest and includes the development and implementation of a project for the students to complete over the course of the two semesters. Faculty are encouraged to propose their unique inquiry-based sections during the application period for teaching first-year seminar sections. This is typically around December and comes out of the Office of First-Year Experience in the Center for Teaching and Learning.
In addition to the standard stipend for BAC or HON, faculty are awarded an addition $500/semester for teaching an inquiry-based section.*
Inquiry Courses within Academic/Department Programs (available since Fall 2017)
In an attempt to enhance the focus of inquiry throughout our curriculum, departments are encouraged to support the development or assessment of inquiry-based courses within respective academic program offerings (ie., majors or minors). Inquiry-based courses within specific academic programs can take the form of new development of an inquiry-based course, redesign of an existing course to be converted to an inquiry-based course, significantly changing an assignment within a course to become inquiry-based in focus or adding assessments to an already inquiry-based course. With department support, faculty are encouraged to apply to teach inquiry-based courses within their academic programs via the request for proposals sent out from the OURI around January of each year.
Stipends for inquiry courses within programs vary from $400-$1,000 per faculty member.*
Interdisciplinary Internships (upcoming)
As a means to incorporate the importance of varying perspectives in critical thinking and problem solving, OURI will work with the Office of Career Services and interested faculty to develop teams of students to work on problem- or project-based solutions over the course of a semester-long internship at a local business or organization. These teams will be made up of students from across the colleges and be tasked with finding unique inter-disciplinary solutions to problems and concerns facing the internship site. At the end of the semester, students will present their work in front of stakeholders.
*Receipt of stipends will be contingent upon completion of required assessments needed for evaluation of the inquiry-based initiative. These include students completing two online surveys and faculty using, and completing, two rubrics to evaluate final course papers and/or presentations.
Year-long undergraduate research projects (under pilot 2017–2018)
Stipends for yearlong project grants are $4,000 per faculty member per project .
Summer research projects (upcoming)
Stipends for summer research project grants are $5,000 per faculty member per project.