Deadline: February 11, 2019
Potential Double Hoo Projects
The Double Hoo Research Grant supports pairs of undergraduate and graduate scholars seeking to pursue research together. The program is intended to encourage collaborative interaction between the undergraduate and graduate communities throughout the University. These collaborations provide opportunities for more advanced research for undergraduates and valuable mentoring experiences for the graduate student. Awards of up to $6,000 are granted to undergraduate/graduate pairs to be shared between the two at their discretion and used within one year. Faculty advisors receive $500 in research support. Grant recipients make a progress report and a final report to the Office of Undergraduate Research, and they present their research at a spring gathering. Beginning in Spring 2016, the program will offer a renewal process for pairs that plan to continue their work.
The Double Hoo program was originally created at the urging of the student-run Undergraduate Research Network and first offered in Spring 2004. In 2008, a generous grant from the Jefferson Trust allowed for the program to be reinstated after a two-year hiatus. The Cornerstone plan recently provided additional funding for the program.
Who is eligible for a Double Hoo?
Applications must be submitted jointly by undergraduate-graduate student pairs.The undergraduate may be a first- or second-year student at the time of application. Third- year applicants are limited to transfer students. The program focuses on first and second year undergraduate students with the purpose of creating an access point to research. This early entry point also allows for longer partnerships (see question #5). Graduate students must be enrolled in a doctoral program. All applicants must be full-time UVA students and must remain enrolled at the University through the completion of their project (i.e., spring of the year following application). The program welcomes proposals from all subject areas and schools at the University.
How many students apply for a Double Hoo?
The Center for Undergraduate Excellence generally receives about 50 applications for this award. We hope to fund between 10-15 awards each year.
What makes a strong proposal for the Double Hoo award?
We're looking for solid joint research proposals that demonstrate that the undergraduate will be an active member of the research team. The graduate student should indicate an understanding of his or her important mentoring role.
May a team of three students apply for a Double Hoo research award?
No. The Double Hoo research award is specially designed to provide a graduate student and an undergraduate the opportunity to conduct research together, with guidance from a faculty advisor. The graduate student is able to develop important mentoring skills, and the undergraduate takes on a project that might ordinarily be out of reach, while getting a taste of graduate studies. An application that lists a different number of students (e.g., more than one undergraduate) will not be considered.
Can a project continue longer than a year?
Yes. Beginning in Spring 2016 the program will offer a renewal process for pairs that plan to continue their work. This funding will also provide an opportunity to cover the expenses for conferences related to the project.