School of Graduate Studies Grants
Dean Lundgren hosted a Zoom meeting in December for grant and fellowship applications and writing the proposals. This is the recording.
The School of Graduate Studies aims to support cutting-edge research by offering competitive grants to UMKC graduate students. The call for grant proposals is normally announced each fall, awardees are notified in the spring, and the grant funds are released in the summer. The maximum award amount is $7500, and historically the School of Graduate Studies has been able to fund between $200,000 and $250,000 each year.
2020-21 Research Grant Applications – deadline has passed.
Academic Year 2019-20 Research Grant Recipients
- Mohamoud Ali, Ph.D. in Computer Science and Telecommunications & Computer Networking
- Luke Allen, Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology
- Rajaram Anantharaman, Ph.D. in Computer Science and Biomedical & Health Informatics
- Navid Jubaer Ayon, Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Science and Chemistry
- Kelsey Christensen, Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology
- Jasmine Eddinger, Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology
- Mohamed Gharibi, Ph.D. in Computer Science and Telecommunications & Computer Networking
- Vrinda Gote, Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Science and Pharmacology
- Saria Goudarzvand, Ph.D. in Computer Science and Telecommunications & Computer Networking
- Mohamed Hamdalla, Ph.D. in Electrical & Computer Engineering and Physics
- Aisling Henschel, Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology
- Hasita Kaja, Ph.D. in Telecommunications & Computer Networking and Electrical & Computer Engineering
- Sheyda Kiani Mehr, Ph.D. in Telecommunications & Computer Networking and Computer Science
- Loretta Laughrey, Ph.D. in Engineering and Oral & Craniofacial Sciences
- Rebekah Lee, Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology
- Daniel-Ernesto Lopez-Barron, Ph.D. in Computer Science and Telecommunications & Computer Networking
- Naveen Kumar Macha, Ph.D. in Electrical & Computer Engineering and Computer Science
- Cole McMullin, Ph.D. in Molecular Biology & Biochemistry and Cell Biology & Biophysics
- Mahmood Uddin Mohammed, Ph.D. in Electrical & Computer Engineering and Computer Networking & Communication Systems
- Mark Rayhart, Ph.D. in Chemistry and Physics
- Kyle Reed, M.S. in Environmental and Urban Geosciences
- Sourov Roy, Ph.D. in Electrical & Computer Engineering and Mathematics
- Ripon Saha, Ph.D. in Physics and Electrical & Computer Engineering
- Saro San, Ph.D. in Physics and Geosciences
- Soma San, Ph.D. in Geosciences and Engineering
- Zarin Tasnim Sandhie, Ph.D. in Electrical & Computer Engineering and Computer Science
- Christine Serpe, Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology
- Rupak Thapa, Ph.D. in Physics and Chemistry
- Taj Kumari Yeruva, Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Science and Chemistry
NOTE: Travel Grants have been fully allocated for the current academic year. We are unable to fund further applications.
The School of Graduate Studies offers travel grants to help defray graduate student travel costs for the purpose of presenting original research papers at reputable professional meetings or equivalent activities in the creative arts. Such presentations may be volunteered or invited, and may be podium or poster presentations. In order to assist the maximum number of graduate students, travel grant support is limited to the cost of transportation, registration fee (if required), one day’s lodging, and the current University per diem rate for one day’s meals. The maximum SGS travel grant is $400; matching funds from the student’s unit/department are encouraged but not required. Only one request per student will be considered per fiscal year (July 1st through June 30th annually). Requests for travel grant funding that occurs in a future fiscal year may be dependent on final budgetary approval. Please read the SGS travel grant guidelines for additional details.
Application for Graduate Student Travel Grants can be found on the forms page once funds are again available.
Other Grant Opportunities
UMKC Women’s Council Graduate Assistance Fund (GAF)
The annual competition for the UMKC Women’s Council GAF grants normally occurs in late fall each academic year. The GAF awards are meant to enable currently enrolled female graduate students to complete the requirements for graduate degrees, to facilitate their studies, and to enrich their educational experiences. Funding requests can total up to $2,000, and additional monetary awards are occasionally granted to applicants with projects of exceptional merit. Examples of support considered include: expenses in conjunction with completion of theses and dissertations; unusual photocopying needs; special laboratory or art supplies; extensive use of computing services; special equipment needs; unusual costs for surveys or other research tools; travel to enhance the applicant’s graduate research; or unusual living or education costs (e.g., extenuating personal circumstances that require additional financial support).
In addition to the GAF grants, throughout the year the UMKC Women’s Council considers requests for Immediate Assistance Grants for expenses, such as those listed above, which are of an immediate nature and cannot be delayed until the next award period.
Awardees are recognized at the annual UMKC Women’s Council reception each spring.
Martha Jane Starr Library Research Award
The UMKC University Libraries offers an annual research award of up to $1,000 for graduate student research initiatives with a Women’s and/or Gender Studies (WGS) focus. The Martha Jane Starr Library Research Awards are open to all students, but preference will be given to a graduate student with a Women and Gender Studies focus and who is mentored/supervised by a member of the WGS faculty. Applicants can resubmit an unsuccessful proposal one time only. Award winners must wait two years from the end of their project before applying for another Martha Jane Starr Library Research Grant.
Visit the UMKC Library News & Events Page each fall for details about the award deadline, criteria, and application process.
UMKC WGS Faculty and Graduate Student Research Grants Guidelines
Women’s and Gender Studies typically offers research grants of up to $1,000 for WGS faculty and graduate student research initiatives with a Women’s and/or Gender Studies focus.
Types of projects funded
Awards are granted for various types of research activities and research needs, including:
- travel costs to research sites
- presentation of original research at symposia/conferences
- research equipment & supplies
- duplication of archival materials (microfilm, DVD, copying, etc.)*
- compensation for research participants and research assistants
- literature to support a new project (including books, journals, etc.)*
*an itemized list is required to request monies for these purposes
WGS Faculty Research Grants are open to those who are Associate Faculty or Affiliates of the WGS program. Graduate grants are open to all students, but preference will be given to WGS Graduate Affiliates. Applicants can resubmit an unsuccessful proposal one time only. Grant winners must wait two years from the end of their projects before applying for another WGS Research Grant.
Application Procedures: Please Contact the Womens and Gender Studies department for the application procedures and deadline.
School of Graduate Studies Awards
Each academic year graduate programs can nominate students for three School of Graduate Studies awards: Superior Teaching, Distinguished Thesis, and Outstanding Dissertation. The call for nominations is sent to graduate faculty in the fall and awardees are honored in the spring. Each award comes with a monetary prize.
2018 Superior Teaching Awardees
- Zach Fischer, School of Biological Sciences
- Brynn Fitzsimmons, English Department
2018 Distinguished Master’s Thesis Awardee
- Mercy Gbomina, M.S. in Criminal Justice and Criminology
- Advisor: Dr. Kenneth Novak
- Thesis: “Representative Bureaucracy and Racial Profiling in Missouri”
2018 Outstanding Dissertation Awardee
- Fohona S. Coulibaly, Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Science and Chemistry
- Advisor: Dr. Bi-Botti Youan
- Dissertation: “Development and Evaluation of HIV gp120 Responsive Microbicide Formulation for the Prevention of HIV Sexual Transmission”Prizes: $50 for the People’s Choice winner of multiple rooms in Round One, $300 for First Place winner of multiple rooms in Round One, $50 for the People’s Choice winner of the final round, Regional competition travel expenses paid for the Grand Prize winner of the final round.
Three-Minute Thesis Competition
The Three-Minute Thesis (http://threeminutethesis.org/) is an international competition, with monetary prizes, that is designed to sharpen students’ abilities to communicate research in an exciting and meaningful way to an educated non-expert audience. It can be described as the combination of an “elevator speech” and a TED talk. The most recent competition was held on March 14, 2019. The upcoming competition will be April 29, 2020. Entry information will be released to students by email in February.
2018-19 Three-Minute Thesis campus winner
- Danielle Thomas, School of Pharmacy
- Danielle represented UMKC at the Midwest Association of Graduate Schools regional Three-Minute Thesis competition in St. Louis, MO on March 22. She did an outstanding job, advancing to the final round (top 8) out of more than 40 regional competitors.
You can see examples of winning presentations from other universities at the following website: http://threeminutethesis.org/3mt-showcase
Below are the competition rules:
- A single static PowerPoint slide is permitted. No slide transitions, animations or “movement” or any description are allowed. The slide is to be presented from the beginning of the oration.
- No additional electronic media (e.g., sound and video files) are permitted.
- No additional props (e.g., costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment) are permitted.
- Presentations are limited to 3 minutes maximum and competitors exceeding 3 minutes are disqualified.
- Presentations are to be spoken word (no poems, raps or songs).
- Presentations are to commence from the stage.
- Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts their presentation through either movement or speech.
- The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.
- Titles must be brief and non-technical. Examples:
- Can the eyes of a plant help feed the world?
- Why death matters
- Gut bugs are responsible for digestion