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The Steven Konover Research Grant

Criteria for the Award:

 1.    Student(s) must be in good academic standing (3.0 or above).

 2.    Student(s) must propose an original scholarly or creative project that examines the intersection of Judaism and/or Jewish culture with that of another religious faith, race, culture, ethnic group, or academic discipline.

•       This project must be proposed in a well-articulated statement of no more than two pages which describes (1) why the student, or group of students, wants to undertake this project, (2) the exact nature of the project (including a timetable for its completion), and (3) what use will be made of the scholarship funds (a detailed budget including research costs, purchase of materials necessary for performance, travel/living expenses, etc. must be submitted as part of the application.). 

•       This project must be publicly presented, preferably at the Undergraduate Research and Creativity Colloquium (in April of every year). The performance/presentation must occur no later than 2 semesters after the receipt of the award.

•       Grants ranging from $100 to $2,500 will be awarded. Multiple awards may be made.

Examples of possible projects: a student might explore the roots of Jewish music, travel to Eastern Europe or Israel to do research, and then present a concert that illustrated the fruits of the research. A drama student might present a one-woman show about aspects of the Arab-Israeli conflict based on research and travel. A student might create a photo exhibit that explores the lasting impact of some aspect of Jewish culture on Spanish culture.

 3.     Proposals will be judged by an interdisciplinary committee of faculty in terms of the originality, quality, and feasibility of the project.

 4.     Proposals should include a letter of recommendation from a faculty member who knows the student’s work and with whom the student has spoken about the project.

 5.     Proposal Deadline: November 15 (for a project to be undertaken in the spring term) or April 15 (for a project to be undertaken in the fall term).

 6.      Submit completed proposals (email or hard copy) to:

Dr. Donald Jones

Director of the University Honors Program

Auerbach 212 i