October 16, 2018

Additional Considerations Acknowledgement

Expected scope of the project:
This central question of your Summer Team Impact Project should have a scope that includes a completion that falls in the 11 weeks of the summer. The project should allow the undergraduate participants to see an end to the work that they took part in during their time with the project. This project can be a small piece of a much larger research question, however it needs to have a beginning and end that is in temporal and ability scope for the undergraduates that will be working with the faculty.  This allows the students the opportunity to see a project from start to finish. In order to ensure that all students involved in the project can see it through to its conclusion, we will not provide funding extensions for any project beyond the end of the summer semester.

In the past, the scope of a project can be very difficult to shape. We have found that the best central question for the project is something new; questions that are merely a continuation of a faculty member's ongoing research can have trouble fitting with the students' ability and the timeframe for the project..  Since the project should have a multidisciplinary element, this can provide faculty members the opportunity to branch into a new area.

Once the summer is complete and the Summer Team Impact Project is complete, the project and research can develop in additional ways.  There are other opportunities for students to continue participating through the federal work study program and the URSP program.
Mentorship expectations:The leaders of the project (mentors) are expected to work with the students throughout the summer.  Before the summer, the mentors will need to recruit and hire the student researchers. They will have to help guide the students in preparation for the summer with any administrative or knowledge tasks. Once the summer begins, the mentors should be regularly checking in with the students and guiding them through the summer.  The mentors should be providing space and resources needed for the students to complete their tasks.
Student Expectations:Students will be paid a fellowship to participate in this experience.  As it is expected that this is the students' full-time position over the summer, they cannot be enrolled in courses during the summer semester.  This experience will be reflected on the students' transcript through the Mason Impact designation and the name of the project. For these reasons, this experience cannot be used to count for an internship or research course.

In addition, the students will be part of an OSCAR-led series of workshops on research and presentations skills.  Student attendance is mandatory and will need to be included in your summer schedule
Important Dates:Summer Impact Grants
• 11/30 – Proposal deadline
• Week of 1/14 – Post-award info session
• 2/15-3/15 – Student hiring window
• 4/12 – final list of students due to OSCAR
• 5/25 – Project start date