1. Think ahead: NEXT FALL Scholarship Applications for All EAD Students:

This is a reminder regarding the College of Education competition for scholarships for which applications are due on Friday, January 15, 2010 at 5:00 P.M.. Information was sent from the Dean’s Office on November 11, 2009, to all students regarding the application process for all the college awards. The enclosed attachment outlines the EAD awards criteria and selection process.

Be mindful that both your application materials and those of the faculty members supporting your applications are due no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 15, 2010.

Please pay close attention to the details outlined in this attached document including the request for specificity in your application process. Be mindful that failure to adhere to the protocol inherent in the process will invalidate your application. The college will only award scholarships to those who exactly meet the criteria as stipulated by the respective donors and who do so within the exact timeline.

For example, in past years, we were unable to award scholarships to some EAD applicants who either submitted their materials after the due time, or did not ask the faculty members in time to serve as a reference, or failed to submit their vita and/or supplemental letters to the department by the specified time.

For those who are applying for the EAD departmental awards, such as the Taylor and Votruba Awards, please check on the College application site, “All-College Open Scholarships,” and then, please submit your materials directly to Irene Unkefer in Rm. 413 Erickson Hall, by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 15, 2010. Again, your application can to be considered by the EAD Department if you have not indicated on the College web site your intent to apply for one of more EAD Department level awards.

When submitting your letter you must specify specifically how you meet the criteria not merely state that you do. It is your responsibility to spell out in the letter, and possibly your vita, experience(s) you have had that relate to the specific requirements or criteria of the award for which you are applying. Take time to prepare your materials, keeping in mind those readers who do not know you, so the materials will completely and convincingly make your case.

Feel free to contact Dr. Davis at davisml@msu.edu or Irene at Unkefer@msu.edu if you have any additional questions.
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2. THINK SOON: This SUMMER: TWO different SUMMER FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES for beginning AND advanced doctoral students

a) Request for Proposals for 2010 Summer Research Fellowships Due December 11, 2009.

The Dean's Office in the College of Education again invites proposals for a summer research fellowship. The award is designed to intensify and accelerate the scholarly development of our students. Doctoral students in the college who are not yet at the dissertation stage are eligible to apply.

The awards will consist of a fellowship for $6000, which will be paid in April, 2010. The fellowships are designed to support students full-time, so recipients may not enroll in any courses, nor hold any other work assignments during the summer semester. The program will also provide $500 to the faculty mentor who agrees to oversee a student's project. At the end of summer, by approximately August 15, 2010, recipients will be expected to submit a brief letter to me that summarizes their accomplishments, with a copy of the letter to Dean Karen Klomparens of the Graduate School (her award letter will specify the exact date for your letter to her). Because the fellowship will be paid in April, recipients must be enrolled during the spring semester.

Each complete proposal will include:

1. A three-page (single-spaced) proposal that outlines the goals of the project. The summer fellowship may be used to collect data, to analyze and write-up previously collected research data, to complete an ongoing project, or to move it to the publication stage. The proposal should indicate where the research will be presented or published. References and essential brief supplementary matter can exceed the three page limit. Please list your faculty mentor's name on the line following your own name and PID at the beginning of the proposal.

2. An email statement to me from prospective faculty mentors agreeing to oversee the project. This is not a letter of recommendation; just a sentence agreeing to mentor the project.

The fellowships are intended to support students' original work, or, possibly, a piece of a larger project which is assigned exclusively to the student. It is not intended to support graduate research assistantship assignments. Selection will be based on the quality of the proposal, progress that is expected be made on the project during the summer fellowship period, and the student's academic record, with preference given to students in the early stage of their program (typically to those just finishing their second year, or possibly third year).

Proposals are to be submitted electronically as Word attachments (name the files in this fashion exactly: SRF10PropYourLastName.doc (for example: SRF10PropSmith.doc) to Michael Sedlak, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs (msedlak@msu.edu). Make certain that your full name and PID appear at the start of the proposal; no separate title pages; everything must be in Verdana 10 point font; must have page numbers in the footer.

b) Request for Proposals for 2010 Summer Research Development Fellowships

For all first-year PhD students in the College of Education

With the support of the Graduate School, the Dean's Office in the College of Education will be able to fund a modest number of Summer Research Development Fellowships, as we did last summer. These awards are targeted at very early stage PhD students only; to be eligible, applicants cannot have completed -- by the end of the spring, 2010 semester -- anything beyond their first year (if a full-time residential student), or 18 credits if a non-residential or part-time student.
Unlike the regular Summer Research Fellowships, which support students who are actually pretty far along in a research project, these awards are reserved for those who are in an earlier stage of developing research skills and approaches, those needing to make progress on developing an appropriate researchable question, identifying or customizing methods to pursue a good question, preparing an effective literature review; perhaps collecting initial data, or a combination of these. They are not designed to support the completion of projects and publication, as would be the case with the regular Summer Research Fellowships. Under the eligibility requirements for our two awards, no student could be eligible for both awards: if you are far enough along to compete for the SRF, you are by definition too far along to compete for the SRDF.
Applications should be submitted by individuals, or pairs, or even a trio of students (no more than three), and associated faculty members (again, one or possibly two) if working with a group of three students who would work collaboratively in this sort of research development tutorial.
Recipients would devote full time to this tutorial; no employment whatsoever, or regular course taking is permitted, although, a student could enroll in an independent study that focused on this work. Students would receive a fellowship of $5000 to support their participation and growth. Funds will be distributed in April to be used during the summer. Faculty leaders would be provided with a $500 honorarium.
The teams (minimum one student and one faculty; maximum of three students) should submit a plan of work, no longer than three single-spaced pages (no references or appendices): just a presentation of the scope of work that details the research skills to be developed and how they will be strengthened, and a statement about prior research skill development on the part of each of the student members. A copy of each student's transcripts is also required; these can be obtained through the Registrar's Office or STU INFO. The plan should lead off with the names of the students and the names of the faculty who are pledging to oversee the work plan.
The plans must be submitted to me as email attachments from a lead student in the tutorial. The plans should be presented in 10 point Verdana font, with 1" margins on all sides; and must have Filenames titled:
SRDF10Plan[last name of submitting student].doc; for example:
These plans must be received no later than January 15, 2010.
All recipients must provide a detailed report on the tutorial and its benefits for each of the student participants, due as an email attachment to me no later than August 9, 2010. These reports should also be sent to Dean Karen Klomparens of the Graduate School, along with your expression of appreciation after you have completed the tutorial.
If you have questions, please contact Michael Sedlak
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