Summer Research Grant Proposals

Reader requirements: experience writing grants, in any of a variety of areas (look below for specific projects)

  1. Course Information
  2. Schedule
  3. Giving Feedback

Course Information

Director: Ron Grunwald

The Undergraduate Research Support Office (URS) provides grants and assistantships for undergraduate research projects, creative arts projects, travel to research conferences, and summer research programs. Students will write grant applications for these programs in the spring.

Student Writing Assignment

What are students writing? Grant application
For whom? The various deans, faculty, and other administrators selecting summer grant recipients.
Where would such writing typically be found? Grant application submissions.
Why would someone usually read it? The various deans, faculty, and other administrators selecting summer grant recipients, as well as colleagues and others interested in the upcoming project.


Student – Reader Interactions

Students will send a draft of their grant proposal to their readers for one round of feedback.

  • Feb 2 and 3: Info sessions (Dr. Grunwald and Dr. Moskovitz)
  • Feb 9: Student sign up deadline: Students can submit summary/topic/field with signup
  • Feb 13: Matches announced
  • Feb 14 – 21: Student send draft to reader; reader sends written comments to student before meeting for feedback
  • Feb 21 – 28: Student and reader meet (in person, webcam, or phone) to discuss draft and comments
  • ***Optional: additional meeting to discuss complete draft before submission


Undergraduate research office

Giving Feedback

Giving feedback is the activity around which the entire project is designed. You may have considerable professional experience giving feedback on writing — whether to colleagues, employees, or other contexts — or perhaps this is an fairly novel experience. Given the aims and nature of the Reader Project, we are hoping that our volunteers engage with student writing in a particular way–one that is quite different from what is conventionally done in other contexts.

The primary aim of the project is to help students really understand what it means to write for readers, rather than as a school assignment. Think about the following when you give feedback, whether in writing or in real time:

  • Respond as a reader rather than as an editor. (They can get basic editorial help from others.) Focus on sharing your reactions to the draft as a user of such writing. What are you thinking as you read? More