The Scholarship, Engagement, the Arts, Research, Creativity, and Humanities (SEARCH) Award Program supports UTC graduate students and undergraduate students across all disciplines who pursue original scholarship under the supervision of UTC faculty.
SEARCH awardees gain intensive, hands-on experience with writing a research proposal, designing a research project or creative work, and disseminating findings through publication and/or presentation. Most projects commence in the fall and conclude the following spring or summer.
Student Application Deadline: by 11:00 pm, Sunday, March 3, 2024.
Support Letters must be received by 11:00, Monday, March 11, 2024.
Applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Currently enrolled graduate student or undergraduate student status with a graduation date of spring 2025 or later. NOTE: Students who receive the SEARCH award must be active UTC students during the fall 2024 and spring 2025 semesters. Awardees who fail to meet this requirement (i.e. apply for graduation in fall) will have the SEARCH award rescinded.
- Be current, degree seeking undergraduate students in good academic and judicial standing.
- Applicants must be working with a UTC faculty advisor/mentor who will supervise the project during the award period (July 2024 - June 2025).
- Students who received a SEARCH award in 2023-2024 cycle are not eligible to apply.
- Applicants must develop the research proposal in collaboration with the faculty mentor/ advisor who will direct the project during the SEARCH award period.
Note: Students may submit one application per funding cycle.
- Award Details
- Award amount – a maximum of $1,000 can be requested to support the SEARCH research project. (see funding details below)
- Award Cycle: July 2024 – June 2025.
- Funds will be transferred to the awardee/mentor's department in summer 2024.
- Award Mechanism
- Award funds are transferred to the awardee/mentor's department and can be used to support SEARCH research as outlined by UT, UTC policy.
- Department personnel (administrative specialist, budget coordinator, or similar) are responsible for maintaining the SEARCH budget, and expending SEARCH funds to support the SEARCH research.
- Faculty advisors and department heads are responsible for ensuring that funds are spent for SEARCH related research activities ONLY.
- All funds must be spent by the awardee/mentor’s department by June 2025. SEARCH Funds will not be available after this date per UTC fiscal policy.
- Use of Funds and Allowable Expenses
- Requested funds must be used solely to support the costs associated with carrying out the SEARCH research project as outlined in the application proposal.
- All costs must be reasonable and directly related to the SEARCH project.
- Allowable costs include, but are not necessarily limited to, the following: student wages and fringe benefits (the awardee’s home department will process wages and fringe), supplies, minor equipment, travel (to be arranged by the awardee’s home department), and operating expenses.