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March 14, 2014
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

SRU president, husband, create new undergraduate research scholarship

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Applications for the new Norton Undergraduate Research Scholarship, created by Slippery Rock University President Cheryl Norton and her husband, Henry, are now being accepted.

The application deadline is 4 p.m., April 1.

NORTONThe scholarship is intended to enhance quality mentoring relationships between faculty and students who work collaboratively to answer questions, solve problems and provide learning opportunities of the highest caliber.

Research conducted by Norton Scholars with faculty mentors should contribute in meaningful ways to the knowledge base of a given discipline and support the strategic initiatives of the University.

A minimum of two $500 scholarships will be awarded to students in any major who are or will be engaged in independent, faculty-mentored undergraduate research. The recipients of the awards will be designated "Norton Scholars"

Recipients of the scholarship may request to have the award applied toward annual educational costs or to cover research-related expenses.

The program is open to sophomore or junior undergraduate students who have a 3.0 grade point average or higher, both cumulative and in the major in which the research will be conducted.

Applications will be reviewed by a committee nominated by the provost and vice president for academic affairs and will be based on the importance of the research topic in the discipline and to Slippery Rock University's strategic initiatives; the research experience of the student in general and preliminary work in the proposed research topic area; the likelihood of the research project being completed successfully; the quality of the student as indicated in the letter of recommendation by the faculty mentor.

The scholarship recipient will be expected to submit an abstract for consideration of an oral or poster presentation at the annual SRU Student Symposium for Research, Scholarship and Creative Achievement held each spring semester. Copies of presentations or manuscripts resulting from work supported by the Norton Undergraduate Research Scholarship program must be submitted to the Office of the Dean of the college in which the research was conducted, as well as the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Norton Scholars and faculty mentors may be asked to participate in panel discussions, admissions events and other activities.

Application guidelines and forms are available at:

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.