Criteria for Review of Applications

URA and SURF USA

SURF Abroad

IROP (pdf)

URA and SURF USA

The Hamel Center’s Faculty Advisory Board reviews all applications. Each proposal is read by at least three reviewers drawn from one of the following two general areas of study: 1) departments in COLSA and CEPS, and 2) departments in COLA, HHS, and WSBE.  You and your mentor should read the following criteria as you prepare your application. Your application may receive a maximum of 25 points from each reviewer.

Quality of the proposal: 12 points

  • Is the proposal well written, well defined, convincing?
  • Is it complete? Are all parts clearly explained in accordance with the proposal outline?
  • Is the project manageable and appropriate for the time frame?

Qualifications of the applicant: 5 points

  • Are the qualifications, preparation, and experience of the student adequate for carrying out the project?

Appropriateness of the budget: 2 points

  • Is the budget itemized?
  • Is it clear why the items are necessary to the project?

Faculty recommendation(s): 6 points

  • Past or present experience supervising the student in coursework, research, or independent work
  • Preparation of the student to undertake the project in the time period allowed
  • Significance of the project and its potential educational value for the student
  • Relationships between the student's project and the faculty mentor's own research, scholarly, or creative work or areas of expertise

SURF Abroad

Members of the Hamel Center’s Faculty Advisory Board review all applications. Each proposal is read by at least three reviewers, drawn from the appropriate colleges/departments.An application may receive a maximum of 25 points from each reviewer.

Quality of the Proposal: 12 points

  • Is the proposal well written, well defined, convincing?
  • Is it complete? Are all parts clearly explained in accordance with the proposal outline?
  • Is the project manageable and appropriate for the time frame?
  • Is the project manageable in light of possible cultural/language barriers?

Qualifications of the Applicant: 5 points

  • Are the qualifications, preparation, and experience of the student
    adequate for carrying out the project?
  • Is the student’s knowledge of the culture and language adequate for conducting research at the foreign site?
  • Does the student demonstrate sufficient knowledge of resources and contacts at the research site?
  • Does the student show evidence of adequate preparation for the project prior to leaving the U.S.?

Appropriateness of the Budget: 2 points

  • Is the budget itemized?
  • Is it clear why the items are necessary to the project?

Faculty Recommendations: 6 points

  • Past or present experience supervising the student in coursework, research, or independent work
  • Preparation of the student to undertake the project in the time period allowed.
  • Significance of the project and its potential educational value for the student
  • Relationships between the student’s project and the faculty mentor’s own research, scholarly, or creative work or areas of expertise
  • Emotional and intellectual maturity of the student to conduct research in a foreign culture.
  • Ability of the student to be a good representative of the U.S. abroad.