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.