Penn State Center for the Study of Sports in Society 2020 Undergraduate Research Exploration Grant
Description: This grant program, sponsored by the PSU Center for the Study of Sports in Society and the Penn State Bookstore, supports undergraduate student engagement in original research, scholarship, and creative work under the direct supervision of a Penn State faculty member. The program supports undergraduate student engagement in original research, scholarship, and creative work under the direct supervision of a Penn State faculty member. We anticipate offering up to three $2000 grants for the summer of 2020. Applications for the 2020 awards will follow the 2020 Erickson Discovery Grant calendar sponsored by Penn State’s Division of Undergraduate Studies (students are also encouraged to apply to the Erickson program–https://undergradresearch.psu.edu/resources/opportunities/erickson-discovery-grants), which open October 20, 2019 and close on January 20, 2020.
Center for the Study of Sports in Society Exploration grants support student-initiated collaborations with faculty in any field that investigate the role of sport (broadly defined) in any aspect of human culture. These collaborations should include the basic components of scholarly research projects:
- a) the conceptualization of a question, focus, or problem;
- b) the writing of a formal proposal;
- c) the identification and implementation of methods and the execution of the research design;
- d) and the communication of results (through a written report or article, or an exhibition or performance, or some other appropriate mechanism for disseminating findings).
Projects should be primarily the student’s own work; although the project may be related to the supervising faculty member’s research or scholarly interests, it should not simply provide assistance to faculty work.
Grants may be used to cover living expenses and project costs (supplies, materials, books, specialized software, travel for the purpose of data collection, etc.). Note: Funds will be deposited to student accounts and therefore may have an impact on student aid or be applied to outstanding charges.
Eligibility: Undergraduate students from all Penn State campuses in any field of study may apply for this grant. Students are eligible for grants in the summer following their first year through the summer before the year in which they will graduate (limit of one grant per student). Recipients must be enrolled full-time at Penn State for at least one semester following their summer work. Students must have a Penn State faculty supervisor who is available during the summer to consult with the student and evaluate how the project is conducted. Eligible projects include laboratory and field research, scholarly inquiry, and creative work in music, art, theatre, and other fields. Study abroad, travel unrelated to research, and projects not grounded in an academic discipline are not eligible for the Study of Sports in Society Undergraduate Research Exploration Grants.
Grant Requirements: Any projects involving human participants, animal subjects, or biohazardous materials require review through the Office for Research Protections and must have the appropriate approval before grant funds are distributed. It is expected that required approvals will be secured by January 10, 2020.
Students whose projects involve international travel are subject to the University’s international travel policy for undergraduate students and are required to register with Penn State’s Travel Safety Network (https://tsn.psu.edu). This includes purchase of HTH-Geo Blue International Medical Insurance which is accessed through the Travel Safety Network.
International students must provide required IRS reporting information in order to receive grant funds. Information about this requirement is available from the Student Financial Services Office (http://www.sfs.psu.edu/tax.cfm).
Grant recipients are required to submit a one-page report on their projects and an image accompanied by a 1-2 sentence quotation about the project, by the end of August. Faculty supervisors must provide a one-page evaluation of the student’s work including how the grant funds were spent, how much time the student spent on the project and how the student engaged in the discovery process, and the nature of the faculty/student interaction.
Grant recipients are expected to present their work at a Penn State Center for the Study of Sports in Society forum and are encouraged to present their work at the annual Undergraduate Exhibition the following spring if they are enrolled at Penn State at that time.
Grant recipients may not concurrently hold another Penn State summer research opportunity grant during the same period in which they have a Center for the Study of Sports in Society undergraduate fellowship.
- Fill out the online information form.
- Upload two to four page project proposal (double-spaced, in a standard 12-point font, with standard one inch margins), written by the student, and including the following:
◦The question or goal to be addressed and its relevance to understanding of the role of sport in society.
◦The methods or processes that will be used to address the question or goal.
◦Why the project is of interest to the student and his or her preparation to complete it (courses, other experiences, etc.).
◦How the supervision by the faculty member will contribute to the project.
- In addition, a one-page recommendation must be submitted by the faculty supervisor. The recommendation should include:
◦name of the student
◦title of the project
◦an evaluation of the proposal and the student’s ability to complete the project
Application Review and Notification:
Applications will be reviewed by a faculty committee from the Penn State Center for the Study of Sports in Society. Review criteria include:
- Scholarly nature – Does the project involve research, scholarship, or creative work? (Educational or personal enrichment activities – e.g. study abroad, travel unrelated to research, projects not grounded in an academic discipline, etc., do not apply.)
- Significance – Does the project address an important question or issue in the study of sport in society?
- Student engagement – Did the student help to frame the question or focus of the project and will the student activities involve the major steps in the research or creative process? (Projects should not merely provide assistance to the faculty supervisor’s work.)
- Faculty collaboration – Will the faculty supervisor provide a level of supervision that guides the student’s work and adds value to the project?
- Faculty recommendation – Does the faculty supervisor consider the project worthwhile academically and endorse the student’s ability to complete it?
For the 2020 awards, the review process will begin on March 15 (final date to be determined by Erickson dates).
STUDENT COMPETITION FOR SOLUTIONS TO PROBLEMS FACING SPORT IN SOCIETY
COMPENSATION FOR DIVISION I COLLEGE ATHLETES
THE PROBLEM: Athletes who play for colleges in Division I, particularly for schools in the so-called Power Five conferences (ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac 10 and SEC) are not paid, and according to U.S. courts, colleges are not obligated to treat them as employees and pay them. And yet, as Division I players are the featured attraction in an industry with revenues in the billions of dollars, many people feel compensation for the athletes should go beyond current levels. In this competition, undergraduates are challenged to develop a new plan for rewarding Division I athletes for their participation or to write an essay defending the current system.
CALL FOR PAPERS: $300 gift certificate for winner.
The Center for the Study of Sports in Society is a cross-campus, multi-disciplinary Center designed to serve as the global resource for research, discussion, and solutions to sports issues that impact society.
One of our missions is to harness students’ passion for sports to develop critical skills to prepare for professional success.
The Center is sponsoring a competition for students to present paper offering solutions to a specific problem facing sport in society. The winning paper will be published on the Center’s website. The winner will receive a $300 gift certificate for use at the Penn State bookstore, with two honorable mentions each receiving $100 gift certificates.
The paper should be no longer than 1200 words, and should include:
– An executive summary not exceeding 300 words;
– Reference to a minimum of 5 reputable sources (you may use Wikipedia to find other sources, but not as a citation itself);
– An essay, including:
- A concise statement of the problem
- A detailed explanation of your solution
- An explanation for why your solution would be beneficial, considering possible costs or other effects, and how you would measure the effectiveness of your plan
- A concise conclusion
If you feel you need guidance after you have a tentative idea, you should feel free to contact one of the Affiliated Faculty at the Center (check the center’s website for a list of names).
Deadline for submission:NOV. 10, 2019
Results will be made public on: DEC. 10, 2019
INAUGURAL UNDERGRADUATE CHALLENGE
Student Paper Winner
A plan to increase the popularity of women’s pro sports by reaching out to millennials and embracing streaming video platforms has won first place in a contest sponsored by Penn State’s Center for the Study of Sports in Society. STORY