The School of Arts and Sciences Office of Undergraduate Education is pleased to announce its call for applications for the 2020-2021 Interdisciplinary Research Team (IRT) Fellowships.
The Interdisciplinary Research Team Fellowship program supports interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary projects that expand traditional notions of research through collaborative work. The program supports teams of 2-5 rising sophomores and juniors working on a semester or year-long project. We encourage projects that think creatively about the uses to which research can be put and propose any type of “deliverable” beyond a traditional research paper. For example, projects might involve development of a proposal, prototype, a communications campaign, a set of resources for a particular group, an exhibit, a (virtual or actual) tour, a public education plan, an app, etc. Teams must be multidisciplinary but at least half of any team should be SAS students and supervising faculty must be from SAS.
Supervising faculty will work closely with their student-team to develop a “project management” plan for the semester. Each plan must clearly articulate the objectives of the project, provide a brief explanation of how each member of the team will contribute to the project, and establish a time-table. Faculty supervisors will ensure that their IRT Team works cooperatively to produce the proposed project. Each Team must create a physical and digital poster to be presented at a campus poster session. Digital posters should be reproduced on a single Power Point slide so that they may be archived for web viewing. All digital posters must be submitted to the SAS Office of Undergraduate Education by the end of the semester.
Students who are selected as IRT fellows will register for 01:556:328:GT (1.5 credits) for each semester of the project. Students should expect to complete 5-7 hours of work per week over the course of the semester. Faculty are encouraged to meet with their team as often as is needed during the semester.
In support of their academic success and their commitment to interdisciplinary scholarship, fellows will receive a $750 per semester award. Awards will be applied to fellows’ current term bill at the end of the semester.
You may apply with a group, or partial group, of students already selected. Or, you may describe what you are looking for in a team to complete your project and we will advertise the opportunity to students (much as ARESTY does) and send you appropriate applicants to review. For fall 2020 (or full year 2020-21) if you would like to open your project up for students to apply to, please submit your application no later than April 6th so that we can advertise during preregistration. If you are assembling your own group of students, we will accept applications up through May 1st.
For more information on previous project please see links below:
IRT is supported by Alan Grossman received his BS in Computer Sciences (with Honors) from Livingston College, Rutgers University and went on to complete an MS in Computer Sciences from Stevens Institute of Technology. He had a distinguished 25 year career in the telecommunications industry, starting at AT&T Bell Laboratories, and then following divestiture he continued his work at Bellcore and Telcordia Technologies. His service to Rutgers includes membership on the Livingston College Dean’s Advisory Council, the President’s Council, the Colonel Henry Rutgers Society, and the Livingston Alumni Association. Since its creation in May 2011, The Alan H. Grossman Annual Scholarship has provided financial assistance to nearly twenty Rutgers students.