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DUOS Program Overview
The DUOS program aims to heighten the synergy between graduate and undergraduate research at Miami University. The undergraduate student and graduate student will work together on a research project under the supervision of a faculty member in a Ph.D. granting department. Either the undergraduate or graduate student may initiate the application, but the undergraduate student is to have primary authorship of the project.
Eligibility DUOS Program is open to any undergraduate student and any post-master’s doctoral student in good standing who agree to abide by program requirements. The selection committee MAY provide funding for up to 11 awards (awards will be notified via email by early December). Each project may receive up to $1,000 total. Awardees must budget 75% of funds to be used in direct support of the research project. The remaining 25% of the funds ($250.) may be used for dissemination of research results (i.e. publication costs or for conference attendance. The award amount includes $100 per awardee for participation in the required mentor/mentee training.
Graduate students should strive to provide a meaningful and appropriate undergraduate student experience. The graduate student should assist the undergraduate to develop a proposed project that qualifies as research or other creative endeavor that will add to the sum of human knowledge and contribute to the growth of the scholarly or creative capability of the undergraduate scholar. The program is not intended to support graduate student supervision of undergraduates who are doing menial tasks in service of the graduate student’s research project.
In preparing the application, the graduate student mentor should assist the undergraduate to generate a well-written proposal that can be understood by an educated person who is not a specialist in the field. The graduate student mentor and undergraduate scholar should jointly complete and then submit the application according the instructions in these guidelines..
2. Participation in collaborative scholarly project: If selected for an appointment, the undergraduate and graduate student partners are expected to work collaboratively to complete the project during spring semester (mid January – mid April) and to share the results with the scholarly community.
3. Invention Disclosure/Intellectual Property: Inventions and intellectual property developed during the research will be owned by Miami University. By signing below all participants agree they will NOT be entitled to any compensation or royalties for the intellectual property developed through this research. Disclosure of inventions and intellectual property must be made during the research process, using a Miami University Invention Disclosure form. Contact OARS 529-3600.
4. Participation in training for mentor-mentee relationships in a scholarly context: Each of two partners is required to participate in a training session covering expectations for their roles and responsibilities as collaborators in an apprentice/ mentor partnership. This training will be scheduled in early December following announcement of awards.
5. Presentation of the project: It is expected that the undergraduate and graduate students will produce a product (paper, oral presentation, poster, artwork, portfolio, model, etc.) as a result of their joint project. The undergraduate student and graduate mentor at the beginning of the student's participation should agree as to the purpose and form of this product. Undergraduate students will be expected to present this product, if appropriate, at the Undergraduate Research Poster Session planned for April 10, 2013. In addition, it is strongly encouraged that partners aim toward regional/national/international presentation/performance/dissemination of their work.
6. Project Final Report: A final report and summary is due in late April. If warranted, the graduate student may request a no cost extension of the funding end date. Send an email with a clear justification for requesting the extension to Martha Weber, OARS Undergraduate Research Coordnator, who will process the request with Dr. Gary Lorgian. Awardees may be asked to complete several questionnaires relating to their educational experiences and activities.
The graduate student’s advisor must endorse the project (i.e., provide a statement concerning the quality of the proposed project, and certify the undergraduate’s authorship of the project and the capability of the graduate student to mentor the undergraduate) and be willing to oversee the project as described below:
2. Oversight of the Project/Travel Allowances: Each project may receive up to $1000 total. Seventy-five percent of the funds should be used in direct support of the project and 25% of the funds may be used for dissemination of research result. This award amount includes $100 per awardee after completing the mentor/mentee training.
This award is NOT scholarship for tuition or a cash award. It may NOT be used for entertainment. The graduate student’s faculty advisor will supervise spending from this account using standard university ordering and accounting procedures. All charges must be made against this allowance by end of the fiscal year (June 30). This allowance account will be cleared and closed by the University Accounting Office on June 30. The faculty advisor is responsible for any charges made to that account above the $1,000 allotted or after June 30.
3. Independent study credit, if appropriate: The faculty member may determine that it is appropriate for the undergraduate student to receive independent study credit for his/her conduct of the project. If so, the faculty member will serve as the instructor of record for that independent study.
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