Instructions for applying to CRIS

Collaborative Research in Sustainability Awards

Hamline is pleased to offer Collaborative Research in Sustainability (CRIS) Awards. All full-time undergraduate students (working with Hamline faculty) are eligible. We will support student-faculty collaborative research into any issue related to sustainability (please see the Sustainability Primer and Studying Sustainability below for definitions and examples). A maximum of five full time awards will be made in 2016.

Awards for full-time summer research are $4800 ($3800 student, $1000 faculty). We will also consider half-time projects ($2400: $1900 student, $500 faculty). While research is normally conducted during the summer, awards can be given for research at other times if there are special circumstances. Up to $500 of the total may be requested for equipment, supplies, and/or travel, to be deducted from student or faculty stipends as deemed appropriate in the proposal. On-campus dorm housing is available at no cost to participants, and can be requested in your application.

Applicants may apply for other collaborative research funding at the same time they apply for a CRIS award. You must apply separately to each funding source, and can only accept stipend funding from one funding source.

CRIS Award Responsibilities

• All projects must produce a poster (or equivalent) suitable for presentation at an academic meeting in your area of study, and the student must present the poster (or other well-crafted dissemination vehicle, such as a video or publication-ready essay) to an appropriate audience (such as the HU fall research symposium in mid-September). Part of the stipend ($200 for student and $200 for faculty) will be paid upon submission of poster and presentation at the symposium (or equivalent as arranged).

• Student stipends will be disbursed in biweekly checks throughout the 10-week program; this is contingent on continued fulfillment of program expectations. Each student is expected to fill out a biweekly timecard. It is assumed that 35–40 hours per week will be committed to your work on the project, if not more.

• Faculty must attend the next available sustainability workshop (May 19-20, 2016, plus additional dates and times to be announced).

• All CRIS awardees and faculty are expected to meet as a group at approximately at least at the beginning, middle, and end of the summer to share information and progress on their projects. These meetings will be arranged by the participating faculty.

Application Procedures

Completed applications are due by 5:00 pm March 11, 2016. Awards will be announced by April 1. Decisions will be made by the Sustainability Committee.

The application has three parts:

1) A Google Form for general information. Fill it out completely and submit. A copy of the form is found below so you can have everything prepared before filling in the form. It is not possible to save and continue the form later. Discuss all budget issues with your faculty collaborator. LINK:

2) The Project Proposal (submit via email to; see instructions below. Include the student's last name in the file name.

3) The Faculty Letter of Support (submit via email to; see instructions below. Include the student's last name in the file name.


Use the section headings in bold (a template is provided below). Submit your proposal to as an attachment in Word or PDF format (no shared Google documents). Include the student's last name in the file name. Single spaced, no figures, tables, or photographs unless they are crucial to understanding the proposal. Excessive length is discouraged. Please ensure that your proposal can be understood by readers from outside your academic discipline.

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Project Title

The word 'sustainability' does not need to appear in the title.

Project Description, Purpose, and Significance

Describe your proposed project and its significance. Include the following:

• a clear explanation of your specific research topic and goals
• a concise description of related work already performed in your area (with appropriate references)
• a justification for the importance of your project within the context of your field.

Relationship to Sustainability

Using the Sustainability Primer and Studying Sustainability documents (here) as a guide, make an explicit connection between your research and the benchmarks of sustainable systems. Simplistic statements ('to make the world a better place') are very strongly discouraged. Clearly indicate the time scale of the research (are you examining sustainability over a 10 year or 100 year span?) and spatial scale (local, regional, global?). This is the most important section of the proposal.

Project Outcomes

Define the outcomes you and your faculty collaborator are planning for the research. All projects must produce a poster suitable for presentation at an academic meeting in your area of study. In addition, students may produce a paper, an exhibition, or a particular body of work, while others have produced critical bibliographies and drafts of conference presentations or Departmental Honor‘s Projects.


Provide a timeline and a general overview of the step-by-step process you will follow to meet the project‘s objectives.

Individuality and Collaboration

The relationships between a student researcher and a faculty collaborator can be structured in a number of ways. Describe, as best you can, how this project will illustrate your individual accomplishments.

Human Subjects

If your project involves human and/or animal subjects (in experimentation or in the use of interviews, questionnaires, or observations) describe the procedures you will follow to comply with the ethical principles and responsibilities dictated by your discipline.

Literature Cited

Citations for references included above. Legitimate references only (those suitable for a refereed publication in your field of study). Cite in the appropriate style for your field of study.


Submit as an email, Word document, or PDF to Include the student's last name in the file name or email subject line

The letter of support is not a general recommendation letter. In 1–2 pages and using these three headings, provide your views on the:
A. Feasibility and quality of the project
B. Student's ability to successfully complete the project
C. Faculty contribution to the project

(Including the time committed to working with the student throughout the summer and an outline of the faculty collaborator’s goals and projected outcomes from this project)

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Template for proposal headings – cut and paste.

Student Name

Project Title

Project Description, Purpose, and Significance

Relationship to Sustainability

Project Outcomes


Individuality and Collaboration

Human Subjects

Literature Cited

This information below is requested on the Google Application Form ( Have ALL information prepared before starting the form, including your project summary text and budget justification text (if needed). You cannot save a partially completed form and resume later. Discuss all budget issues with your faculty collaborator.

Student Name:

Student ID:

Current Local Address:

Telephone #:

Preferred Email Address:



Current accumulated credit hours:

Current GPA:

Will you seek academic credit, in addition to the stipend?

(This credit will ensure that your research project appears on your academic transcript. It is available at no cost to you, but does not count toward the residency requirements for your degree.)

If yes, give the number of credit hours (1-4) :

Will these hours will count toward your major or minor requirements?

Do you wish to have on-campus housing?

Will you have a job while conducting research?

If yes, how many hours per week will you be working?

Will you be taking classes while conducting research? If yes, provide the department(s), course number(s), and term(s):

Project Title:

Faculty Advisor:

Faculty Advisor Department/Program:

Project Summary:

(State the goals of the project, a very brief summary of methods, and indicate the connection to sustainability. Maximum 150 words.)

Project Length: Full Time (10 weeks) / Half Time (5 weeks)

If the project will be conducted during the regular academic year (September-May), please provide a rationale. (Maximum 150 words.)


(Up to $500 of the award amount may be allocated towards equipment, supplies, and/or travel. Indicate any amounts requested in the boxes below.)




Budget Justification. (Please provide details for the equipment, supply, and travel requests. Maximum 150 words)

Are you requesting financial support for your work from other sources? If yes, please specify the sources.

Lund Fund


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