Honors College Accepting Student Applications for Research Grants

Kanaan Hardaway checking the research tower on the green roof on Hillside Auditorium at the University of Arkansas
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Kanaan Hardaway checking the research tower on the green roof on Hillside Auditorium at the University of Arkansas

Honors students seeking research funding are encouraged to apply for the Honors College Research Grant, which is designed to support a broad range of topics. The Research Grant can help cover research expenses or act as a student stipend, depending on a student's need. Current students who have won grant funding include Kanaan Hardaway, a biological and agricultural engineering major who is combining sustainability and engineering in an interdisciplinary project. His research focuses on fully understanding the benefits of low-impact development, such as the green roof on top of Hillside Auditorium. Kanaan combined qualitative survey research with the environmental data collected from a research station he maintained on top of the green roof. Other students who have received funding will explore issues ranging from the sideline diagnosis of concussion in high school athletes to the impact of digital technology on linguistic development in young children. 

The Honors College Research Grant awards selected students with $1,250 for a one-semester research project, and $2,500 for a multi-semester project, intended to support research begun and completed during the grant period. In addition, a student's faculty mentor will receive $1,000 to purchase any necessary materials and to help guide the student through the research process.

"These grants provide practical support for honors students and their faculty mentors; they also add a valuable professional endorsement to a student's resume," said Honors College Associate Dean Jennie Popp. "Last year, we awarded more than $400,000 in research grant funding to students, and an additional $175,000 to mentors. All it takes is a little bit of time to put together a competitive application."

To be eligible for an Honors College Research Grant, students must be in the Honors College and must hold a 3.50 cumulative GPA (3.330 minimum for architecture students after their fifth semester). Eligible students must have completed a minimum of six honors credit hours at the University of Arkansas. For more requirements and instructions on how to apply, visit the research grants page on the Honors College website.

The next deadline to be considered for funding in Fall 2020 and/or Spring 2021, is 11:59 p.m. Monday, June 15. 

Any questions about the Honors College Research Grant should be directed to Chelsea Hodge, associate director of grants management, at cew003@uark.edu or (479) 575-3127.


Chelsea Hodge, associate director
Honors College
479-575-3127, cew003@uark.edu


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