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University Honors Program

Student Awards for Research & Creativity Application

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.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants must propose an original project and a budget justifying the requested size of the award.
  • 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 office at 530-898-5683 or by emailing 

Required Materials:

  • application (fillable form online) 
  • 750-1000 word narrative including: 
    • a) the nature of the project
    • b) your contribution to the design of the project
    • c) the methods you will employ
    • d) the expected benefits that you will receive from the activity
    • e) the role your advisor will play in the project
    • f) the possibility that your project may lead to a professional presentation of your results
  • proposed budget
  • GPA narrative, 250-300 words (if applicable)
  • Faculty Sponsor letter

Narrative and Budget Information: 

Your narrative description should be a minimum of 750 words and no more than 1000 words. Applications will be evaluated using a rubric. Also include a budget for the complete project and specify the costs you will incur. Funds can be used for stipends depending on the nature of the project and the other budget items. Proposals should be clear and well written for a general audience.

GPA Narrative Information: 

If your cumulative GPA is below 3.25 you must explain on a separate sheet at the end of your narrative, why your situation is extraordinary and merits waving 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 must 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 5:00pm on the Friday, 3/6/2020, deadline. 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 required to follow up with an outcomes report after the student research has been completed. Note that future desicions on funding will be based on the timely completion of the Outcomes Reports for SARC. The link can be found to the right of this page.

Student Application Instructions: 

  1. Download and completely fill out the application form.
  2. Attach your narrative, proposed budget, and GPA narrative(if applicable) to the completed form.
  3. Submit the completed form and all required documents as one PDF through the link below no later than 5:00pm on March 6th, 2020. Include your name in the document filename.
  4. Faculty Sponsor Letters must be submitted directly by the faculty sponsor, separate from the other application materials, no later than 5:00pm on March 6th, 2020. 

Apply by uploading completed SARC PDF application here: 

Faculty can upload their letter here: 


The spring and summer award application processes run concurrently during the spring semester each year; while the fall application process occurs part way through the fall semester.

Informational sessions about the awards are held every semester. These sessions are advertised via campus announcements.

Current Award Opportunities

Extended Dealine: March 6th, 2020

SARC Spring/Summer Application (PDF)


FEB. 12 1PM-2PM; FEB. 18 10AM-11AM; FEB. 19 12PM-1PM; OR MAR. 3RD 10:30AM -11:30PM SSC 466

Rating Rubric (PDF)

Student Awards for Research and Creativity Outcomes Report (PDF)

List of Previous Recipients of the Awards for Research and Creativity

The Provost's Office has generously provided full funding for the 2019-2020 awards!

In order to understand all the criteria associated with the Provost's Student Awards for Research and Creativity, potential applicants are also encouraged to review the above documents.