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University Honors Program

Student Awards for Research & Creativity (SARC)

The Award

The Provost's Student Awards for Research and Creativity are grants available to students at CSU, Chico to complete original projects under the guidance of faculty or staff advisors. The awards are made available twice a year from funds allocated by the Provost. Grants for projects undertaken during the Fall and Spring semesters may be up to $850 for undergrads and $1,700 for graduate students. The Summer awards may be up to $2,500 for undergrads and up to $5,000 for graduate students. Funds can be used for specific items or stipends depending on the nature of the project. Students may apply more than once, and may receive an award more than once.

Pending available funds, the application period for Spring awards will close at the end of Thanksgiving Break, and the application period for Summer/Fall awards will close the Friday after César Chávez Day.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants must propose an original project, including an explanation of how the project requires funding.
  • Students must have a faculty or staff advisor.
  • Students need, except under extraordinary circumstances, a minimum 3.25 cumulative GPA.

Specific details about the application process can be found below or by contacting the Honors Program at 

Required Materials:

  • Application (PDF) (fillable form online) 
    • 750-1000 word narrative including: 
      • Explanation of the work, including how funds will be spent
      • Student contribution to project design and execution
      • Broader impact of the work
      • Expected benefits of the award to the student
    • GPA narrative, 250-300 words (if applicable)
  • Faculty Sponsor letter

Application Information: 

The narrative description should be a minimum of 750 words and no more than 1000 words. Applications will be evaluated using a rubric (PDF): applicants will receive their rubric scores at the completion of the application review process.  Proposals must be clear and written for a general audience.  If applicant's cumulative GPA is below 3.25 then a explanation is requested for why your situation is extraordinary and merits waiving the minimum grade point requirement. Please limit the GPA narrative to 250-300 words. 

Faculty Sponsor Letter Information: 

Faculty sponsors should focus on the importance of the project and its impact on the student. The statement of endorsement should also indicate the role to be played by the advisor and the prospect for a professional presentation of the project results. Endorsement should be as informative as possible within the scope of a single typed page on department letterhead.

Letters must be submitted directly by the faculty sponsor to the link below no later than 11:59pm on November 29, 2020. It is the applicant's responsibility to remain in contact with their faculty sponsor and to ensure an on-time submission of the faculty sponsor letter. 

Outcomes Report

Faculty sponsors are requested to follow up with an outcomes report (PDF) after the student research has been completed. 

Application Instructions: 

  1. Download and completely fill out the application form.
  2. Submit the completed application form through the link below no later than 11:59pm on November 29, 2020. Please include student name in the document filename.
  3. Faculty Sponsor Letters must be submitted directly by the faculty sponsor, separate from the other application materials, no later than 11:59pm on November 29, 2020. Please include student name in the document filename.

Upload Application and Faculty Sponsor letters here: 

Spring 2021 Award

Application Period closed November 29, 2020

Application Form (PDF)

Rubric (PDF) (revised Fall 2020)

SARC Recipients
A list of the amazing student projects funded by SARC awards.