Wentz Research Project Awards
Deadline: February 15, 2011
Wentz Research Projects ($4,500) are an opportunity for undergraduates to design and conduct research under the supervision of a faculty mentor and are awarded for two semesters of an academic year (fall and spring). No extensions are promised nor will any preferred treatment be given for those wishing to continue their projects into a second year. Only one project per year, per student, is allowed, and mentors may not supervise more than two projects at a time.
The research project description, conceived and written by the student in a style readily understandable to scholars from all disciplines, must explain clearly the purpose, research plan, and expected results. The description must convince the award committee that this is student research rather than a task assigned by a faculty mentor to support his/her ongoing work. Selected applicants could be interviewed following a first screening to determine the origin of the ideas and plans for completing the project.
Students chosen for an award must arrange with their professors to receive two hours of academic credit for the project during the spring semester of the year of the project award. All participants must submit a progress report during the first semester in order for the second semester stipend to be approved. They must also display the results of their work at a spring program and turn in a final report at the end of the semester. Participants must enroll in at least twelve hours of residence credit and report to their mentors during the first week of the fall semester, or the award will be rescinded.
A faculty panel will determine which proposals are to be funded, based on the quality of the student’s proposal and the student’s interaction with a supportive faculty mentor. The amount of the stipend has been set to include supplies or expenses. Upon acceptance of the award, the student and mentor will be asked to designate whether the full $4,500 should be credited to the student or $500 withheld and processed later through a department account for expenses.
Wentz Research Projects awards are limited to OSU students (Stillwater or Tulsa) officially listed as undergraduates at the time of application and for the duration of the project year (those classified as graduate students, in 3-2 programs, or in Veterinary Medicine are not eligible). Applicants must have a minimum 3.00 GPA and have completed at least 12 in residence hours at OSU.
Scholars in all disciplines are encouraged to apply. Applicants may choose topics from areas not related to their major, if they wish, and some of our best projects have been this type of study. Students winning awards will receive information concerning Institutional Review Board guidelines and research orientation with their offer letter.
Deadline: March 4, 2011
The Lew Wentz Foundation and OSU provide support for the nationally recognized Wentz Scholarships for undergraduates. Each year, $2,750 one-year scholarships are given to approximately 50 undergraduate student scholars.
The Wentz Scholarships recognize OSU's best undergraduates for their academic work and activities in support of the campus and community. Wentz Scholarships are for two semesters of an academic year (fall and spring). This is a yearly award; no extensions are promised nor will any preferred treatment be given for those wishing to continue their activities into a second year. Only one Wentz Scholarship per year, per student, is allowed.
Applicants are required to submit a 500-word essay on the following topic: Describe your most significant accomplishment as a leader at OSU and a public service project you can envision that would benefit our campus or community, if implemented. Applicants must also submit a one-page summary of their activities and honors at OSU.
Wentz Scholarships are limited to students officially listed as undergraduates at the time of application and for the duration of the academic year (students classified as graduate students, in 3-2 programs, or in Veterinary Medicine are not eligible). Applicants must have a minimum 3.00 GPA at the time of application and for the duration of the award and have completed at least 12 in residence hours at OSU. Recipients of full funding from OSHRE Academic Scholars Program are not eligible, but institutional nominees are.
Wentz Non-Traditional Student Scholarships
Deadline: March 4, 2011
The Lew Wentz Foundation and OSU are proud to recognize the financial needs of many students at OSU, including those with special experiences and challenges to overcome. Therefore, the Wentz Foundation, in conjunction with University Academic Services, sponsors up to $1,500 scholarships for those who qualify as a result of persistence and good work that predict future success.
The Wentz Non-Traditional Scholarship is for students who have had a break in their academic career at OSU and/or experienced unique personal and academic challenges. They should also demonstrate financial need. Applicants must submit a 600-800 word personal essay describing their educational and personal background and their career objectives. Details relevant to the award should be included and a description of how this award would help you achieve your educational and career goals.
The awards are made for an academic year and are deposited in the student's bursar account to be used for the purchase of textbooks, supplies and other school related expenses. The amount of the award will be prorated by full-time/part-time status (e.g., 12+ hours = $750 per semester, 6-11 hours = $375 per semester).
Applicants must be 21 or older at the time of application and have earned a minimum of 12 college-level credit hours with a 2.5 cumulative graduation/retention GPA. A minimum semester GPA must be maintained for the duration of the award. Students must demonstrate financial need through Financial Aid documentation and have experienced a break in the academic career and/or experienced unique personal and academic challenges.