Mentor Protégé Research Program

Call for Proposals

The College of Science and Mathematics (CSM) is pleased to announce the 2017 Mentor Protégé Research Program. With the view that “the best learning comes from doing”, the Mentor Protégé program is designed to stimulate and foster undergraduate research projects in collaboration with faculty mentors. Through collaborative research, students will improve their analytical thinking and problem solving skills while gaining experience with the writing, presentation, and interpersonal skills essential for success in their intended professional careers.Photo of students working on research in a lab

General Information

Nature of the Program

The Mentor Protégé Research Program is designed to serve a two-fold purpose: First, it provides undergraduate students the opportunity to further their research interest and skills. In many cases students also have the opportunity to participate in scholarly activity through the generation of results (e.g. conference presentations or poster; authorship on a peer-reviewed research paper; generation of preliminary data for a grant proposal, etc.). Funded proposals will have plans for engaging the identified student(s) in applied or basic research and for disseminating results of that research regionally or more broadly. Students are expected to participate at a minimum in the Kennesaw State University Undergraduate Scholarship Symposium.

The Mentor Protégé Research Program strongly encourages submissions of proposals that: 1) develop a research community model, involving multiple students to work collaboratively on aspects of a central project; and/or 2) involve students directly in the process of project design.  Collaborations that involve more than one faculty member, and collaborations across departments within the College are also encouraged.

Anticipated outcomes include: 1) developed collaborations with students that lead to continuation projects over subsequent semesters;  2) generate products (grant proposals, peer-reviewed publications, conference presentations) with student involvement; and to promote research that lead to larger, externally funded research projects.


  • All tenured or tenure-track faculty in the CSM are eligible to apply.
  • Awardees from previous Mentor Protégé Research Program projects that have not submitted summary reports will not be considered for funding.

Proposal Description

The program is designed to provide awards of up to $4,000 for supplies, equipment, and/or travel expenses for research projects involving collaboration between faculty and students. The proposal must be written in 12-point font, 1.5 line-spacing, no smaller than 0.7” margins and include the following:

  • Cover Page (1 page maximum)
    • Proposal Title
    • PI(s) name and departmental affiliation
    • Student name(s), KSU ID#(s)
    • a brief Project Summary not to exceede 400 words.
  • Project Description (3 page maximum).
    • Frame the question(s) that the project will attempt to address;
    • Provide sufficient background context for the proposed activities;
    • Outline the objectives of the proposed activities;
    • Detail the methods that will be used;
    • Outline the role of each student in the project, their anticipated number of hours in the lab per week, and classification (sophomore, junior, what major, etc);
    • Discuss expected student training and research outcomes, and significance of these to: 1) the students; 2) science and society;
  • Supporting Literature (No page limit, but may not include footnoted comments that would extend or elaborate on the points made in the Project Description)
  • Results from Previous Mentor Protégé Support (1 page maximum – If Applicable) If the applicant PI(s) has/have been previously awarded Mentor Protégé support within in the past 3 years, briefly describe successes, outcomes, and products from prior support.
  • Anticipated Products (1 page maximum) Discuss plans for dissemination of project outcomes (i.e. presentations at meetings or conferences; publications in peer-reviewed journals; generation of online content, etc.). Discuss what role the students will play in generation and dissemination of these products. Specifically list any external grants or contracts to be sought related to this research proposal for continuing or expanding upon project outcomes, including the timeline for submission.
  • Budget and budget justification (1 page maximum). Provide budget request with short narrative for related costs. Explain the spending timeline of requested funds.
  • PI(s) biosketch in NSF or NIH format (Current federal page limits apply).

Proposal Submission and Deadline

Proposal submissions will be accepted from February 1st to March 31st of each academic year. Please submit a single electronic file (PDF) that contains the above elements to with a subject line of Mentor Protégé Proposal. Late proposals cannot be considered.

Proposal Review and Awarding

Projects will be reviewed and recommended for funding by the College Awards Committee with anticipated funding notification by April 30th of each academic year. Others reviewers may be consulted on an ad hoc basis where their expertise might be helpful in proposal evaluation. Project funding is dependent on availability of funds, and awarding may be less than the amount requested. Awarded projects will have access to allocated funds for the upcoming fiscal year from July 1st – May 31st. Funds will not be carried over from one fiscal year to the other. All funded projects are required to submit a summary report by June 30th.