Graduate Research Team Grants

The Graduate Research Team Grant Program awards grants to teams of faculty and graduate students at the University of St. Thomas who are interested in working on a significant research project or creative activity over an extended period in the summer. These grants are designed to give the teams the time and resources they need for meaningful reflection and in-depth inquiry into a problem or issue in their field. It is anticipated that each Research Team will produce a significant research paper or creative work that may lead to publication/dissemination and the submission of a grant proposal to an external agency.

Research Team Grants are carried out in the summer between June 1, 2018 and September 1, 2018.

Successful applicants to this program receive a grant of up to $10,000. This grant can be used by the team for student stipends, faculty stipends, materials and supplies, travel, equipment, and other types of expenses that will facilitate the research proposed in your application. Teams must consist of at least one faculty member and at least one graduate student, but strong competitive preference will be given to proposals that engage more than one graduate student. Teams should propose a project that can be carried out over a period of 8 to 12 weeks and completed at the end of the summer. 


The deadline for applications for Graduate Research Team Grant projects to be carried out over summer 2018 will be at 4:30pm on Friday, February 16, 2018. Application materials will be made available on this website in Fall 2017.


Each Research Team Grant proposal is submitted by faculty member on behalf of the entire team. All faculty involved in a team must be regular UST faculty (tenure track or tenured) or long-term clinical faculty, and all students involved in a project must be enrolled as degree-seeking graduate students at the University of St. Thomas during the spring semester prior to their Research Team Grant award and throughout the summer in which they will carry out the proposed research project. Therefore, for research projects pursued during summer 2018, all participating graduate students must be degree-seeking students at St. Thomas during Spring Semester 2018 and throughout summer 2018.

The proposed research project must be carried out over a period of 8 to 12 weeks during summer 2018 (between June 1, 2018 and August 31, 2018).


Expectations of Grant Recipients

If you are awarded a Graduate Research Team Grant, you will be expected to do the following:

  • Conduct research over a period of 8 to 12 weeks that draws on the skills and expertise of at least one faculty member and at least one UST graduate student. Team proposals that involve more than one graduate student will receive competitive preference.
  • Upon completion of your team research project at the end of summer 2018, you will be expected to submit a paper or creative work to the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program.
  • In order to build on the research funded through this internal grant program, the principal investigator representing the Research Team must submit at least one proposal for grant funding to an external agency by September 1, 2018 unless the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program and Corporate and Foundation Relations confirms that there is no suitable sponsor.


  • Proposals to create a Research Team must not exceed $10,000.  Proposals that exceed this amount will not be reviewed.
  • Proposed projects must be carried out over a period of 8 to 12 weeks during summer 2018 (June 1, 2018 to August 31, 2018).
  • Each prospective Research Team must submit a detailed, line-item budget that fits the unique needs of the team. Allowable costs include faculty stipends (should be minimal), graduate student stipends, materials and supplies, travel, equipment, and other costs as needed for the project.
  • If travel is included, please ensure that all participants are aware of the Reimbursement Policies that apply to all graduate and undergraduate students receiving reimbursement from the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program.
  • All faculty involved in a Research Team may receive a summer stipend commensurate with their effort on the project, if compensation is desired, but the most competitive proposals will involve limited direct faculty compensation. All graduate students working on a Research Team must be paid at a rate of $15.00 per hour worked and will receive a paycheck every two weeks -- if compensation is sought in your team budget.  Compensation for project personnel is not mandatory -- your budget should reflect the resources that you need to complete the project that you proposed to carry out.

Preparing Your Proposal

A complete proposal will consist of the following components. You must use 10 point font or larger and margins of at least 1" all around, or your application may not be reviewed:

  1. 2018 Graduate Team Grant Application
  2. Abstract [Limit: 200 words, single-spaced]
    Each proposal must contain an abstract of no more than 200 words stating the essence of the problem that your Research Team will explore, the goals of your proposed project, and the methodology that you will use.
  3. Introduction [Limit: 1 page, single-spaced]
    The first paragraph should contain a succinct and inclusive statement explaining why the proposal is innovative and how it would make a positive contribution to general scholarship in the area of inquiry.
  4. Narrative [Limit: 6 pages, single-spaced]
    Your narrative should consist of four main sections:
    1. Overview and Background
      A strong proposal should give the reader a quick overview of the project and the current state of research in this area. To what extent (and how) has your research question been previously addressed by others? Be sure to include in this background discussion some specific references to important earlier works. What are the overall goals of your project? What questions are you seeking to answer? Your proposal may contain visual examples of ideas you intend to explore. These examples should be included in an appendix and referred to within the proposal narrative. You should also address the scope of your proposal: does the proposed project stand by itself, or is it part of a larger research project? If it is part of a larger project, how will your work contribute?
    2. Methodology
      Describe the methodology that you will use to achieve the goals of your project (which you state above in the "Overview and Background" section).
    3. Feasibility of Project
      Beyond establishing the merit of your research problem and approach, it is necessary to demonstrate that the project is feasible. Are the research libraries or archives that you will need accessible and sufficient for completing your research within an 8 to 12-week period? If you need special equipment and/or library materials that are not available within the ACTC libraries or through inter-library loan, how will you access them? If your project will require the cooperation of any person or agency outside of the UST community, be sure to include in an appendix a letter from that party indicating his or her willingness to help. Describe how the facutly member(s) and graduate student(s) will work together -- who will do what?
    4. Future Funding
      Since one of the goals of this program is to help faculty and graduate students position themselves to be competitive in securing additional funding from external sponsors, you must include a statement indicating which aspects of your research might be competitive for an outside grant and to which foundations or agencies you may submit an application in the future.  Your application will judged in part on the degree to which you have thought through future steps relating to your research.
  5. References [No page limit]
    You should be certain to include appropriate references to the literature you cited in the narrative. Proper bibliographic citations should appear at the end of the narrative section. Use the format for citations that is typical in your field.
  6. Budget
    You must provide a line-item budget that contains a description of your anticipated costs/expenditures and how you calculated your costs. The budget proposal cannot exceed $10,000.
  7. Appendices 
    [Include as many of the following as are relevant to your project and number them consecutively.]
    1. Glossary of Terms [Optional]
      This appendix should include a glossary of any technical terms or jargon that may be unfamiliar to readers outside of your discipline.
    2. Supporting Figures [Optional]
      This section should include the figures that you discuss in the proposal narrative. They must be labeled (for example, Fig. 1, Fig. 2, etc.) and referred to within the proposal.
    3. Treatment of Human and Animal Subjects [Optional]
      If your project will use human or animal subjects, your proposal must be reviewed by either the Institutional Review Board (for human subjects) or the Institutional Animal Use and Care Committee (animal subjects). This appendix is mandatory only if you conduct research on human or animal subjects.

Graduate Team Grants: Previous Awardees

Summer 2017 Awards

"Automatic Speech Recognition for Ngiemboon Language in Mobile and Cloud Computing"
Dr. Ron C. Chiang, Graduate Programs in Software, School of Engineering
Patrice Yemmene

"The Poetics of Protest: Gender and the Ephemera of Resistance"
Dr. Emily James, Department of English, College of Arts and Sciences
Rachel Busse and Kerry Kraemer

"Twin Cities Undocumented Youth Needs Assessment"
Dr. Avinash Malshe, Department of Marketing, Opus College of Business
Georgina Chinchilla Gonzalez

"Narrative Therapy for Veterans: Storytelling and Expressive Writing as a Means of Treating PTSD and Restoring Lives"
Dr. Amy Muse, Department of English, College of Arts and Sciences
Blake Rondeau

Summer 2016 Awards

"Identity, Aspirations, and Life Stories of Individuals with Diverse Pathways"
Dr. Tonia Bock, Department of Psychology, College of Arts and Sciences
and Dr. Heidi Giebel, Department of Philosphy, College of Arts and Sciences

"The Victorian Scrapbook: Women’s Public and Private Identity Formation, 1830-1910"
Dr. Alexis Easley, Department of English, College of Arts and Sciences

"Counseling Adult Korean Adoptees: A Mindfulness-based Group Therapy Approach"
Dr. Kurt Gehlert, Dr. Bryana French, and Dr. Patricia Stankovich
Graduate School of Professional Psychology

Summer 2015 Awards

"Utopia and the Roman Republic: Thomas More and Sallust in Dialogue"
Dr. Billy Junker, Department of Catholic Studies, College of Arts and Sciences

Summer 2014 Awards

“Big Graph Analysis of Brain Neural Connectome via Cloud Computing”
Dr. Chih Lai, Graduate Programs in Software

“How Sales and Marketing Personnel Adapt to Insure Strategy Implementation Success”
Dr. Avinash Malshe, Department of Marketing, Opus College of Business

“Constructing Brazil’s African Identity: Museum Case Studies in Salvador da Bahia”
Dr. Heather Shirey, Department of Art History, College of Arts and Sciences

Summer 2013 Award

“Development of High-Efficient Magnetic Water Pump with Solar Power Supply”
Dr. Greg Mowry, School of Engineering

Summer 2012 Awards

“Impact of Technology on Sales-Marketing Interface Dynamics: An Exploration”
Dr. Avinash Malshe, Department of Marketing, Opus College of Business

“Sydney Owenson’s Woman: or, Ida of Athens: A Critical Edition”
Dr. Amy Muse, Department of English, College of Arts and Sciences

“Art, Political Memory, and Identity in London’s Nigerian Diaspora: Yinka Shonibare, Sokari Douglas-Camp, and Emamoke Ukeleghe”
Dr. Heather Shirey, Department of Art History, College of Arts and Sciences

Summer 2011 Awards

“W.T. Snead Centenary Research”
Dr. Alexis Easley, Department of English, College of Arts and Sciences

“National Identity Through Architecture: Shanghai 2010 World Expo’s China Pavilion”
Dr. Elizabeth Kindall, Department of Arts History, College of Arts and Sciences

“Indexing Image Databases Using Attributed Relational Graphs”
Dr. Chih Lai, Graduate Programs in Software

“Experiencing Panic in the ER: A Qualitative Study”
Dr. Christopher Vye, Graduate School of Professional Psychology, College of Education, Leadership, and Counseling