Proposal Formatting, Evaluation and Funding

Proposals should be single spaced, and comply with the following format.

  • Cover Page
  • Title/Abstract Page
  • Student Applicant
  • Faculty Mentor
  • Abstract (up to 250 words)
  • Aims and Objectives (a brief, clear statement of specific research objectives)
  • Introduction (up to 1 page to support the rationale of the research hypothesis and work plan, with a review of key literature relating proposed work to previous and current work in the field. Include a statement on relevance to your career goals and why it is an innovative, original contribution that will advance animal health)
  • Work plan (a 1-2 page statement of the essential work plan and methods that will be used to attain the stated objectives and test the hypothesis)
  • Literature Cited
  • Letter of Support (attach letter of support from the mentor which should include the support available for the student)

Grants will be awarded to students upon the recommendation of a Student Research Electives Committee composed of 5 faculty representatives, each an accomplished researcher with an active current program, and 3 Ex Officio members: Dr. Rhonda Cardin, Program Director and Associate Dean for Research and Advanced Studies; Dr. J. Taboada, Program Co-Director and Associate Dean for Student and Academic Affairs; Dr. Britta Leise, Co-Director and Assistant Professor; Dr. Yogesh Saini, Co-Director and Assistant Professor.

Proposal evaluations will be based on:

  • Originality and relevance to the future advancement of animal health                30%
  • Student grade point average, academic background, and interest in research  20%
  • Feasibility of the research plan, budget, and value as a learning experience      20%
  • Level of support & guidance expected to be provided by mentor(s)                    20%
  • Potential for publication of findings in a scientific journal                                     10%

Funds to support successful proposals will be placed in an account for expenditure by students according to a budget approved by the advisory committee for summer stipends ($5,961) and $250 for such items as supplies and operating expenses. The latter will depend on the program and needs. It is expected that a majority of the cost of research will be supported by the mentors. Funds will not be provided for travel, capital expenses, or graduate, post-doctoral or residency stipends. Intellectual property rights for results of these studies will be assigned following LSU guidelines. As per University guidelines, mileage reimbursement up to $500 will be provided for LSU students electing to work at the TNPRC for the purposes of travel.