Request for Proposals:  Koret Scholars Awards

Koret Scholars Awards are made possible by a grant from the Koret Foundation. These awards are intended to support undergraduate research and creative projects across all academic disciplines at SSU. Each award will provide funding for one faculty mentor working with four undergraduate SSU students, though all of the students do not need to work on the same study or project. Faculty mentors can work with these students as a small group working on one project, as individuals working on individual projects, or some combination of both. 


Award Amount:  Each Koret Scholars Award provides the following funding:

  • Up to $4000 for student travel and/or supplies related to the funded research/creative project(s) (no minimum required).
  • A $500 scholarship awarded to each Koret Scholar upon completion of the project in May.
  • A $6000 stipend per faculty mentor, delivered in two installments upon receipt of a mid-year report in January and a year-end report in June (since these stipends will paid be using an Intermittent Faculty Related Appointment form in January and June, faculty mentors must ensure that they are not submitting any additional Faculty Related Appointment forms during those months).

*Note: A total of 25 awards will be granted for the 2017-18 academic year. Since one of the goals of the Koret Scholars program is to increase the number of underrepresented students engaged in research/creative projects, funding priority will be given to proposals that include students from underrepresented groups (i.e. first generation college students, low-income students, or underrepresented minority students). If you are unsure whether the students named in your proposal belong to an underrepresented group, please contact daniel.smith@sonoma.edu for verification of the information provided on the online Koret Student Forms (see form below). Koret Scholars must be enrolled at SSU through at least the end of the Spring 2018 semester. If a student withdraws from the program for any reason, the faculty mentor is responsible for recruiting a replacement. The Koret Faculty Mentor must also be teaching at SSU for the entire 17-18 academic year.


Deliverables:  All faculty mentors receiving a Koret Scholars Award must complete two Koret Mentor Reports: a mid-year report in January and a year-end report in June. All Koret Scholars must present the results of their project at the annual Symposium of Research and Creativity in May. Arts/Humanities students may present a powerpoint or multimedia presentation rather than a poster. Koret Scholars must also submit a Koret Scholar Self-Assessment near the end of the spring semester.

Allowable Costs:  Funds may only be used to support the students named on the award and their research/creative projects, and may not be used to cover expenses for a course, department, or students or projects not named on the award. Funds may not be used to pay for research assistants, computers or related equipment (i.e. tablets, printers), faculty travel, or international travel. $1000 limit per award for mileage expenses. $250 limit on remuneration to study participants; cash payment to study participants not allowed. Recipients of Koret Scholars Award funds (both faculty and students) are not eligible to receive Faculty or Student SOURCE Awards to fund the same project (i.e. only one award type allowed per project). Poster printing for conferences/symposia will be provided by the SOURCE office (Schulz 1125) to awardees when requests are submitted with at least a 1-week advance notice. Receipts for all expenditures must be submitted by 6/15/18.

Application Requirements:

    Signed approval from the applicant’s Dean and Department Chair, on page two of the Koret Scholars Award Proposal document.

  • A 2-4 page (double-spaced) description of the proposed study/project(s). 
  • A 1-2 page (double-spaced) description of the learning objectives for the four Koret Scholars named in the proposal, and an explanation of how the faculty mentor will assess the outcomes of those objectives.
  • A table detailing proposed expenses for supplies and student travel, with a $4000 maximum (no minimum required). Though proposed budget can be tentative, significant departures from the proposed budget may require pre-approval.
  • Online Koret Faculty Mentor Form (see below).
  • Online Koret Student Forms (see below) completed by each proposed Koret Scholar (4 total).  These must be completed by the deadline in order to maintain eligibility for the Koret Scholars Award.

Application Deadline:  All application materials due to daniel.smith@sonoma.edu or to Daniel Smith in Schulz in 1125 by 4PM on 10/24/17. If you are interested in applying but are unable to meet that deadline, please contact Daniel Smith at daniel.smith@sonoma.edu.

Post-Award Documents:

Supplies Request Form; Koret Mentor Reports; Koret Scholar Self-Assessment