Call for Proposals: Small-Group atp summer Grant for 2015

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Call for Proposals: Small-Group ATP Summer Grant for 2015

Adrian Tinsley Program (ATP) for Undergraduate Research and Creative Scholarship

Bridgewater State University
The Adrian Tinsley Program (ATP) for Undergraduate Research and Creative Scholarship at Bridgewater State University (BSU) announces a Small-Group Summer Grant for collaborative student projects in Summer 2015. Each small group of two to four BSU undergraduate students will carry out a 10-week scholarly project (from May 26 to August 5, 2015) under the guidance of a tenured or tenure-track faculty/librarian mentor.

Same structure as traditional ATP Summer Grants

Small-Group ATP Summer Grants are similar to Individual ATP Summer Grants offered at Bridgewater State University:

  • Both small-group and individual ATP summer grants are awarded to students through a faculty-review process aimed at identifying proposals for significant, achievable, and compelling undergraduate research and creative scholarship projects in any academic discipline;

  • Proposals for small-group and individual ATP 2015 summer grants are due Friday, March 6, 2015 by 4:00pm.

  • Small-group ATP summer-grant proposals consist of a 3-page, single-spaced (maximum 1,800-words) Project Proposal—same length and same components (introduction, methods/process, timeline, budget, etc.) as the Individual ATP proposals;

  • Each student submitting a proposal for an ATP summer grant, whether part of a small group or working individually, includes a 1-page, single-spaced (maximum 600 words) Personal Statement with the proposal;

  • Each ATP summer student (small-group or individual) is guided throughout the process by a tenured or tenure-track BSU faculty/librarian mentor;

  • Small-group and individual ATP summer students each earn a stipend of $4,000 and work at least 40 hours/week from late May to early August on their projects;

  • Each ATP summer student must be in good academic standing and must be returning to BSU for the Fall 2015 semester (i.e., graduating no sooner than December 2015).

Distinct support for collaborative projects

Small-Group ATP Summer Grants support student projects that are better suited to a team of students working toward a shared goal than to one student working independently. Each student in the group should be integral to the proposed project, bringing individual strengths that complement those of the other group member(s) in a fruitful collaboration. Small-group members do not need to share the same major as long as each student’s coursework and other academic experiences have prepared him or her well for the proposed project.

Discipline-Based or Multidisciplinary projects

The group might propose a disciplinary research study that benefits from a small-group approach, such as a Physics lab group’s building of an optical trap, a Management team’s writing of a complex business case, an Anthropology group’s area dig and analysis, or a Dance ensemble’s choreography and performance. Alternatively, the group might propose a multidisciplinary project that draws on each group member’s distinct interests and expertise, such as the design of a holistic curriculum unit by Elementary Education majors, each of whom has different second majors that allow them to weave together biological, mathematic, and language-arts approaches. Either way, each group member equitably contributes knowledge and effort to the shared goal.


The product of a Small-Group ATP Summer Grant may be a single, jointly written paper or closely related individual essays, due by the end of August 2015. The genre, length, and format of the essay(s) may be determined by the mentor. The mentor may propose a different final product, depending on the nature of the project, though at least a short written piece, such as an artist statement, should accompany it. The students are also expected to give a group presentation (talk or poster) at the ATP Summer Symposium on August 5, 2015.


The Small-Group ATP Summer Grant provides stipends for each student in the group and for their mentor, as well as funding for supplies, books, and/or travel to off-campus research sites. Each student in the group earns a stipend of $4,000 (the same amount granted by an individual ATP Summer Grant). The group will also have a budget of $350 x the number of group members, to offset project expenses (i.e., a group of three students would have an expense budget of $1,050). Working on the project constitutes a full-time job for each of the students, each of whom commits to at least 40 hours per week for 10 weeks, on a schedule determined by the group and mentor.

A Small-Group ATP summer mentor will receive a base stipend of $1,000 plus $1,000 x the number of students in the group. (i.e., The stipend for a mentor with two students in the group is $3,000; with three students in the group, $4,000; and with four students, $5,000.) In general, a mentor should plan to dedicate 15-25 hours per week (depending on the number of students in the group and the varying needs for mentor support at different points in the process) to meeting with the group, guiding the process, providing support and rigor, reading in the topic area, and reviewing drafts or other indicators of the group’s progress.

Application and Review Process

Small-Group ATP Summer Grant proposals require the same components as individual proposals:

  • ONE joint Project Proposal of up to 3 single-spaced pages of 12-point type, with 1” margins (500-600 words), including an Introduction that provides context and background for the proposed work and an explanation of planned Methods or Process;

  • ONE joint Bibliography, explanation of Timeline/Logistics, and Expense Budget (up to $350 x number of group members);

  • INDIVIDUAL—one per group member—Personal Statements of up to 1 single-spaced page of 12-point type, with 1” margins (500-600 words), laying out each student’s interest in and readiness for the proposed work, individual strengths that are suited to the project, and aptitude for collaboration;

  • ONE Letter of Recommendation from the faculty/librarian mentor, addressing each group member’s strengths and roles;

  • INDIVIDUAL—one per group member—additional Letters of Recommendation from other professors or employers, each focused on the individual student;

  • INDIVIDUAL—one set per group member—(unofficial) transcripts of all college coursework;

  • INDIVIDUAL—one per group member—agreement to fulfill the responsibilities of the ATP Summer Grant, if awarded the grant.

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