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Student Grants

Due to current Minnesota State Colleges and Universities travel restrictions, only in-state travel or virtual conferences/presentations will be funded until further notification.

WSU encourages student creative projects and presentations of research at local, regional, and national conferences. To support this, the university provides financial assistance through student grants.


Highlights about Student Grants

Research is multidisciplinary and can be done by everyone.

From 2015-2020, the Grants and Sponsored Projects Department has awarded $177,106 to students. $74,377 has been dedicated to travel and $102,729 has been dedicated to research.

Over these five years, grants have funded 304 projects in 13 departments for:

  • analyzing software
  • discovering new teaching techniques
  • new music compositions
  • psychological studies
  • understanding Ebola
  • and more!

On average, there are 60 projects accomplished per year. Nearly $35,500 is granted to student researchers per year, with an amount per project of $597.

Through grants and sponsored projects, students can make great scientific discoveries, psychological analysis, and explore other diverse opportunities.

Many more achievements can be made-- what can you achieve?

Students may receive a maximum of $600 for their research and creative projects during their academic career.

The Student Grant Review Committee conducts the review process.


Eligibility

  • Full-time undergraduate students who will have completed a minimum of 60 semester hour credits at time of application
  • Faculty sponsor who supervises the project
  • If research involves human or animal subjects, approval must be secured through the WSU Institutional Review Board (human subjects) or Animal Care and Use Committee

Application Process

Submission deadlines are Sept. 15, Dec. 1, and Feb. 1.

Effective Spring 2021, G&SP will no longer be accepting student grant applications through the IRBNet application system. Student research applications will now be submitted via a WSU WarriorSpace form. 

Learn how to submit an Undergraduate Research & Creative Project Application by reading these instructions. You may also watch a demonstration video of the submission process.

Required sections on the WarriorSpace form include: 

  • Application Information
  • Project Information
  • Detailed Project Budget
  • One Proposal Document which includes
    • Statement of research problem or creative purpose
    • Research methodology or creative strategy
    • Expected outcomes of project
    • Project schedule and expected completion date
    • Description of student readiness for proposed project
    • Statement of where and how results of project will be presented
    • Bibliography
  • Letter of endorsement from faculty sponsor

Refer to Policy/Procedure 3-22 (PDF) for information on eligible expenditures.

See a sample Psychology Research Application (PDF).


Final Report

A Final Report will be submitted via the WarriorSpace form and is due 10 business days following completion of the project. To submit the Final Report*, the student will share at least one end product (e.g., Research Report, Presentation, or Poster) and a Project Abstract, which addresses the project purpose and outcomes (planned and achieved).

*Students who submitted grant applications before Jan. 2021 may use the previous Final Report Form. Students should submit this form and the project end product(s) to Grants & Sponsored Projects by email at grants@winona.edu.

Due to current Minnesota State Colleges and Universities travel restrictions, only in-state travel or virtual conferences/presentations will be funded until further notification.

Students may receive a maximum of $600 for travel support during their academic careers. If two or more students will co-present a project, the maximum total award for the team is $1,200.

The Student Grant Review Committee conducts the review process.


Eligibility

  • Full-time undergraduate students who will have completed a minimum of 60 semester hour credits at time of application
  • Faculty sponsor who supervises the project

Application Process

There are no hard deadlines for submissions. However, proposals must be submitted at least 30 days in advance of the conference starting date.

Submit proposals using the IRBNet electronic submission system. This is the same system used for submitting IRB and IACUC protocols.

Learn how to get started (DOC) with instructions, application forms, checklists and more. Watch a demonstration video for how to submit an application on IRBNet.

Proposals must include:

  • Student Travel Support Application (DOC)
  • Detailed budget
  • Written confirmation from conference sponsor that the paper or project has been chosen for presentation
  • Letter of recommendation from faculty sponsor
  • For team submissions, submit only one application

See sample applications:


Final Report

A final travel report (DOC), consisting of the student’s project end product, is due 10 business days following completion of travel.

Submit the report to Grants & Sponsored Projects by email at grants@winona.edu.

What happens when you're awarded a grant?

First, the cost center for expenditures related to the grant is set up by the WSU Business Office. Students and their faculty sponsor manage the cost center.

The cost center will be held open for one fiscal year beyond the award year. After that, unused funds will return to the student grants cost center.

Check out examples of past student research and presentations in OpenRiver@Winona State University, a digital repository for the scholarly and creative output of Winona State University and southeast Minnesota.

OpenRiver collections are coordinated by the Darrell W. Krueger Library and the specific collection for Grants & Sponsored Projects includes student projects dating back to the 2012-2013 academic year.

Students often present their grant-funded research at the Ramaley Research Celebration in the spring.