New Grant Opportunity for Senior Individualized Projects

The Hough Foundation will fund two SIPS over the next two years

By Mallika Mitra

The Hough Foundation has recently offered to fund two Senior Individual Projects (SIP) each year for the next two years. One grant will go to a project in the natural sciences or mathematics, and one grant will go to a project in language departments.

“It’s a pretty remarkable SIP opportunity,” said Biology Professor Jim Langeland, who is the Division Chair for Natural Science and Mathematics. Langeland is coordinating the application and review process for the natural sciences and mathematics grant.

He said applicants should “dream large and tell us what you got,” and added that there are “not a lot of parameters” around what the grant applicants can do. They are looking for innovative and imaginative projects.

Regardless of major, any rising senior intending to do a SIP in these certain departments are eligible for this grant. The recipients must agree to give a public presentation of their work in a campus-forum during the winter term of their senior year.

Applicants are being asked to prepare a statement that outlines their intended project, explains why it is an appropriate project for the applicant and his or her field of study, and discuss what makes the project imaginative. They are also asked to include an itemized budget and up to three letters of recommendation in their applications, which are due April 25, 2014.

The committee who will be choosing the recipients consists of Langeland and other department chairs. Langeland explained that they are getting the applications to students through the department chairs, and that applications should be given to the department chairs when completed. Classics Professor Elizabeth Manwell will be overseeing the application and review process for the languages grant.

Although the grants are currently only available for the next two years, and will only fund four SIPs in total, Langeland explained that if they “get some really cool projects,” the foundation might decide to continue with the award in the future.

According to the announcement for the natural sciences and mathematics SIP grant, the mission of the Hough Foundation includes “encouragement of lifelong success, and the promotion of positive contributions to society.”

“The idea is for them to follow their passion and not be too constrained by budget,” Langeland said.