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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 three times 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. 


Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants must propose an original project, including an explanation of how the project requires funding.
  • Applicants must have a faculty or staff advisor.
  • Applicants must not have received a SARC award before, unless the faculty or staff advisor first seeks special permission from the SARC Review Committee (please submit the request to the Director of the Honors Program).
  • Applicants, except under extraordinary circumstances, must have a minimum 3.25 cumulative GPA.

Specific details about the application process can be found below or by contacting sarc@csuchico.edu or the Honors Director jnice@csuchico.edu

Required Materials:

  • Application (PDF) 
    • 750-1000 word narrative, written by the student, 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 the application cycle deadline.

  • Summer Award: Application deadline at the end of the sixth week of instruction in the Spring Semester. Summer Awards are for up to $2500 for undergraduates and $5000 for graduates.
  • Fall Award: Application deadline at the end of the fourteenth week of instruction in the Spring Semester. Fall Awards are for up to $850 for undergraduates and $1700 for graduates.
  • Spring Award: Application deadline at the end of the sixth week of instruction in the Fall Semester. Spring Awards are for up to $850 for undergraduates and $1700 for graduates.

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 (PDF).
  2. Submit the completed application form through the link below no later than 5:00pm on the dates indicated above (March 5 for the Summer 21 Award, and May 7 for the Fall 21 Award). 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 5:00pm on the dates indicated above (March 5 for the Summer 21 Award, and May 7 for the Fall 21 Award). Please include student name in the document filename.

Upload Application and Faculty Sponsor letters here: 

Application Cycles

Summer Award

Application deadline at the end of the sixth week of instruction in the Spring Semester (For Summer 21 Award: 5:00pm on March 5, 2021). 

Fall Award

Application deadline at the end of the fourteenth week of instruction in the Spring Semester (For Fall 21 Award: 5:00pm on May 7, 2021). Information sessions are available to students and/or faculty mentors on Thursday, April 29, 10-11; Wednesday, May 5, 10-11; and Thursday, May 6, 12-1. 

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Spring Award

Application deadline at the end of the sixth week of instruction in the Fall Semester (For Spring 22 Award: 5:00pm on October 1, 2021)

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