Application Questions

The UTRA application form asks students and their faculty sponsors to provide the information described below. Applicants are advised to write to a general audience and to avoid disciplinary jargon. Please do not provide duplicate responses in the faculty and student portions of the application.

 Student Portion

  1. Sponsor Information
  2. General Information
  3. Project title and Project description - In fewer than 500 words, clearly state the research questions and methods you plan to employ, as well as the significance of this project for your larger field.
  4. List the skills and techniques that you will have learned at the end of this collaborative experience.
  5. Briefly discuss how these skills will further your long-term goals.
  6. Describe the anticipated product of this experience (e.g. poster, research paper, literature review, website, conference presentation).
  7. List the Brown courses you have completed that relate to your proposed project and describe how they will inform your research.
  8. List your prior experience collaborating with a faculty member on research or course development (prior experience is not required).

Faculty Portion

  1. General Information - research or curriculum development UTRA; if the latter, will you be seeking a semester teaching extension?
  2. Project title and Project description - In fewer than 500 words, clearly state the research questions and methods you plan to employ, as well as the significance of this project for your larger field.
  3. Describe your responsibilities as a faculty member in this collaboration.
  4. Keeping in mind that UTRAs should be collaborative projects between students and faculty, please describe how this project relates to your research interests and how you see this project furthering your research goals.
  5. If you are submitting a team UTRA proposal, describe why more than one student is necessary for this particular project.
  6. Generally describe any previous research collaborations, if any, you have had with undergraduates.
  7. Will the project require IRB approval?
  8. For each student associated with a proposal: 
    a. Describe your previous relationship with this student.
    b. Discuss the student's specific responsibilities in this collaboration. If a team project, please describe each student's distinct responsibilities.
    c. Describe why this particular student is appropriate for this collaboration. Include a brief assessment of the student's interests, talents, and potential as a teacher and/or scholar. If you are proposing a team UTRA, please indicate the particular strengths and contributions of each student to the group roject. If the student has prior experience collaborating with other faculty members, please indicate how that work relates to this project.