The Rodgers Undergraduate Geography Major Research Opportunity Scholarship is designed to cover field and/or research expenses and travel for research and conferences for Geography Major Undergraduates who undertake scholarly research in collaboration with a Geography faculty member. Students will be expected to gain experience presenting project results at the CU Denver Research and Creative Activities Symposium (RaCAS – usually in April) and/or at the Great Plains/Rocky Mountain Division of the Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting (usually in late Sept/early Oct), and/or other professional meetings of relevance.
Education was always important to William Rodgers. So important, in fact, that he took an unusual path to join the ranks of academia. "My husband retired from the Army at the age of 55 and thought, 'What to do?" said his widow, Mrs. Rodgers. At an age when most people consider winding down their careers, Mr. Rodgers began a new one. He enrolled at the University of Arizona for a master's in geography (he earned a bachelor's in business administration from the University of Washington prior to joining the Army). Soon after he received his post-graduate degree, Mr. Rodgers accepted a teaching position in UC Denver's Geography Department, a post he held until 1973 when he retired as Professor Emeritus in geography. He emerged from retirement on occasion, however, to lecture in the department. In honor of her late husband and his passion for geography, Mrs. Rodgers established the William M. Rodgers Fund at UC Denver. Created with an initial cash gift, the fund will support scholarships for undergraduates studying geography, a subject for which Mrs. Rodgers shares her husband's enthusiasm.
The student principal investigator is responsible for submitting the complete application. Applications submitted without the required faculty mentor’s support letter are incomplete. Late or incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Please include the following in the application:
Funds for projects involving human subjects, animal care and/or risk cannot be distributed until Animal Care, Human Subjects, has obtained a waiver or approval from the University of Colorado Denver Human Subjects Research Committee, the Risk Management Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, and/or CU Denver Risk Management.
Approximately 2-3 scholarships are awarded each spring semester. Projects may begin as early as April in the current academic year. Awards are limited to $750 per individual student project and up to $1500 for a student- developed team project, with each student limited to $750. Awards will be distributed through GES.
Allowable expenses for proposals include student travel, materials, supplies, and/or a stipend for the time needed to conduct the research (preference is given for travel and research expenses). All expenses must be identified in the Application with Budget Description Detail. Funds requested for travel and/or student stipends must be clearly justified in the budget narrative. Travel to the GP/RM AAG need not be included as this is funded for students through other mechanisms.
Deadline: The complete application is due by Friday, March 1, 2019, no later than 5:00pm. These should be submitted digitally as a single .pdf with the subject line “Rodgers Research” to GES@ucdenver.edu
The Rodgers Research Opportunity Scholarship is designed to provide the flexibility needed to meet diverse educational needs of undergraduate students from GES. Selection criteria include: quality of proposed project, student learning potential, faculty collaboration and mentoring, budget justification, academic record, project potential for presentations and published papers, and overall writing ability (including organization, grammar, and spelling).
- Quality of Proposed Research/Creative Work - problem definition, background, objectives, methodology, writing, reasonable timeframe
- Bibliography - evidence of previous work that supports this project, references
- Budget Details and Justification - budget details, justification to attain goals, budget feasibility
- Student Learning Potential - original and creative contribution, significant learning experience, conference, results presentation, paper, etc.
- Faculty Collaboration and Mentoring - extent of collaboration and mentoring, ongoing collaboration, student support
- Academic Record – PI’s (and Co-PIs’) academic background, transcript evaluation, relevant coursework, GPA, etc.