What's on the LASURI application?

The LASURI application is in two parts, one submitted by the student and one by the faculty mentor.  Besides providing contact and academic information, applicants and faculty mentors can expect to respond to questions such as those listed below.  The LASURI application should be prepared by the student in consultation with the faculty mentor.  We understand that it can be challenging for students to answer some of the questions posed in the application, but that is part of the learning process.  

Student-Provided Information

Project  and Benefits Descriptions (250-word limit each question)


1. Name of Project 

2. What is the research question you are asking or the hypothesis that you are testing?

3. What data and research methods will you use to study your topic or test your hypothesis? Why are these data and methods appropriate for your study?

4. How will your research project contribute either to the research program of your faculty mentor or to the larger area of research of which it is a part (i.e., why is your project important in the big picture)?

5. Why are you interested in working on this specific project with this faculty member?

6. What skills do you expect to acquire by participating in this project?

7. How would becoming a LASURI recipient help you achieve your educational and future goals?

    Faculty-Provided Information

    The selection committee is interested in a faculty mentor’s assessment of the student’s application and approach to the process.

    1. Did the student decide on the research topic in consultation with you?  (yes/no) 

    2. How closely did the student work with you on this application before its submission? Select from options such as:

            • very closely
            • fairly closely
            • minimally
            • not at all
    3.  Which of the following best represents your perceptions of the information about the research project and methods presented in the application?  Select from options such as:  
            • the descriptions of the project and methods were written predominantly by the student (even though I may have provided significant guidance)
            • the descriptions of the project and methods include some of my own writing but still represent the student’s own work quite well overall
            • the descriptions of the project and methods include more of my own writing than the student’s
            • the descriptions of the project and methods were essentially copied from my own descriptions of my research
            • other? (please describe)

    4. How strongly do you support this application?  (1-5 scale: very strongly to minimally)

    5. Briefly explain why you think this student/project should be funded or why you would like to work with this student on this project.