Research is valued and encouraged as part of the academic experience at MAC. Our goal is to foster opportunities for collaborative research and scholarship. To that end, the college sponsors an annual Research Symposium and grants to support research and conference presentation/attendance.

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Grant Application Guidelines

The Student Research Grant Program was established to encourage Mount Aloysius College students and faculty mentors to engage in research and conference attendance by defraying some of the cost associated with such endeavors. Research, in this context, is broadly defined and will include projects from all disciplines. Students, under direction of department faculty, should develop research projects that contribute new or supportive knowledge with content in their discipline.


  • Students must be enrolled in a program at Mount Aloysius College.
  • Faculty mentors must be full or part time faculty of Mount Aloysius College.

Funding amounts

  • Individual original research – up to $200
  • Conference Attendance (not presenting research) – up to $100
  • Conference Attendance (presenting research) – up to $200
  • Proof of presentation is required. (An example would be a copy of the conference proceedings with the student’s name).
  • Additional monies may be available after May 30. See Supplemental Grant Application below.

Awarded monies will be distributed on a reimbursement basis. Upon approval of the project by the Student Research Committee (SRC), the student or faculty member pays for the items in advance, and then submits receipts to the Committee chair for reimbursement. The exception to this is items that cannot be purchased directly but require departmental purchase, in which case the faculty member should follow typical purchase procedure, then contact the SRC committee chair for the committee’s budget account number.

Use of funds

Funds may be used for supplies, equipment, and software. Such items purchased with these funds will remain property of Mount Aloysius College. Conference awards can include fees, hotel, and travel ($0.40/mile). Funds may not be used for stipends or reimbursement for services.


Student(s) must:

  • Present at the next Research Symposium

Faculty Mentor(s) must:

  • Supervise all aspects of the project.
  • Guarantee compliance with established human participant and biosafety requirements.
  • Certify that students are adequately trained to complete the project as described.

Grant Application

Complete the Grant Application Form
Complete the Abstract Submission Form

Research involving human participants should be reviewed by the Institutional Review Board (IRB). The Mount Aloysius College IRB reviews all requests to conduct research involving human participants. Students and Faculty/Staff using human participants in their research need to complete an IRB application and submit it to the chair of the IRB.

If the principal investigator is a student, the application must be approved and signed by the applicant’s faculty sponsor and the Department Chair. Most students’ work will be exempt from IRB review and responsibility falls to the faculty and department chair to ensure appropriate research approaches are used. Nonetheless, the researcher still needs to go through the application process. Students need to allow time for this process when designing their research projects. Exempt applications are typically processed within a week but projects requiring IRB review may take up to a month for review.

IRB documents have been posted to the portal site. Choose “Documents, Forms & Policies”, then “College Documents” and then the link to the “Institutional Review Board”. If you are asked for a user name and password, use the same one that you use to access your email account.

Submit Your Poster

All undergraduate posters will be 36 inches wide by 24 inches high.

  • The Student Research Committee will pay for the printing if submitted by due date.

Students may create their file with any software (PowerPoint).

  • Set the size to 36” x 24”.
  • Save the final (faculty approved) version as a .pdf file.
  • This is the file you will upload to be printed.
  • View an Example Poster (PDF)

Students are responsible to pick up their posters at the Support Center.

  • Students can start looking for their printed poster three days after submission.

Students are not required to use the wide format printer for their Symposium submission.

Submit Your Poster

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Developed at and hosted by Northeastern University, The Web Guide to Research for Undergraduates (WebGURU) is an interactive web-based tool intended to assist undergraduates navigate the hurdles of an undergraduate research experience. The Web-GURU project was originally funded by the National Science Foundation Division of Undergraduate Educations Educational Materials Development Program under award DUE-0341080. It currently enjoys funding provided by The Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation, Inc.

This request may be submitted if the cost exceeds the designated funding above. Requests must be submitted before April 30th and should include all receipts. Additional monies will be awarded at the discretion of the committee at the end of the spring semester.

Complete the Supplemental Grant Form

Committee & Mission

The committee promotes, supports, and recognizes both primary and secondary research by students at Mount Aloysius College. The committee is responsible for organizing and implementing a Research Symposium to highlight the work of undergraduate and graduate students at least once during the academic year. In addition, the committee evaluates and awards small research grants to defray costs of research and travel grants for students to present their research at appropriate meetings. The members are available to answer questions and receive comments regarding any facet of undergraduate research.

Name Department Email
Dr. Merrilee Anderson (chair) Science and Mathematics
Dr. Crystal Goldyn Science and Mathematics
Dr. Virginia Gonsman Psychology & Religious Studies
Mr. Robert Stere  Library
Dr. John Whitlock Science & Mathematics
Dr. Heather Zonts Nursing

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