Purpose: Semester Scholars Award amounts range from $500 – $1,000 and are intended to fund scholarly projects that are conducted during the respective semester. Scholarly projects include research in the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences as well as creative projects. Eligibility and Criteria: The College Council Research Grants are available to any student registered and regularly enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences. Grant proposals will be assessed based on the strength of the research question, the structure and organization of the proposal, and the integration of the project. Please note that there will be non-experts reviewing the proposals and that the proposals should be written for a broad audience. Strength of Research Question Presents innovative and original work Demonstrates both depth and breadth in their understanding of the subject Makes a significant contribution to the field of study Structure and Organization Written in a clear, concise manner Explicitly states the goals of the research and how these goals will be met Integration Incorporates different academic areas within the College Utilizes innovative approaches and perspectives Applies scholarly research in a manner that benefits the larger local or global community In addition, it will be duly noted if the applicant has received additional funding for the same research project. In the spirit of fostering research among all undergraduates, priority will be given to students who have received no previous funding. Faculty Support: Each project proposal must have a written letter of recommendation from a UVA faculty mentor who will serve as an advisor during the completion of the project. A hard copy of the letter of recommendation must be included with the grant application and submitted by the stated deadline. The faculty mentor should provide insight into his or her basis for concluding that the student is capable of completing a high-quality research project.