Student Travel and Research (STAR) Fund

STAR Fund Guidelines

*Funding for Fiscal Year 2014 has been expended. If you have a project that begins on or after July 1, 2014 or extends through summer 2014, you are welcome to apply for funding from Fiscal Year 2015. For summer projects, please contact Amy O'Shaughnessy or Tricia Atterberg to verify your eligibility for funding. 

Procedures for Awarding Arts & Sciences NAB Student Travel and Research Funds Approved 12/23/03

Students who are interested in applying for STAR funds should follow this procedure. These funds are reserved for special and significant opportunities that are not part of the regular ongoing academic programming at Drake.

On 1-2 pages indicate who will travel and the nature of the proposed travel for research, conference presentation, competition, or significant learning opportunity.

A. Briefly describe the activity and indicate how it fits one of these categories:

  1. Travel to present research at an academic conference.
  2. Travel to a significant performance or performing arts competition.
  3. Travel to take advantage of a significant research opportunity.
  4. Travel to participate in a significant learning opportunity that is not covered by the above categories.

B. Indicate how the activity is related to learning goals in an individual class or in your major program or in a co-curricular program at Drake University.

C. Secure a recommendation from the faculty member who is supervising the research, performance, or program as well as a memo of approval from the chair of the department or director of the program in which the course, program, or co-curricular activity is being conducted (these recommendations can be sent electronically).

D. Submit the above materials with a brief budget indicating the expenses to be covered to the Office of the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Make sure to indicate all the possible sources of funding that you have available for the project or travel. Note that individual award amounts may be limited in order to serve a larger number of students; thus students should look for additional funding resources to complete their proposed activity. Deadlines for proposals each semester: October 15 and February 15, although if funds are available projects will be considered for proposals made after these deadlines.

The Dean and Associate Dean will meet to discuss and approve awards. Decisions will be based on the

  • Availability of Funds.
  • Quality of the proposed project.
  • Significant nature of the opportunity.
  • Amount of support available to the student(s) from other sources.
  • Preference will be given to students who are actively engaged throughout the project; for example students who will present a paper or poster session, carry out research, or perform in the competition as opposed to attending a conference or competition only as an audience member.
  • Preference may be given to eligible students who are majoring in an Arts and Sciences program.

E. Following a successful award students will be required to submit a Travel Reimbursement Form along with a brief report on their experience indicating 1) the use of funds with receipts attached for expenses, and 2) the quality of the learning/research/performance activity and what they derived from it. These are due in the Office of the Dean, College of Arts and Sciences no later than one month after the completion of the funded activity.

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April 15, 2014
On Wednesday, April 16, Drake University will host a special program for language immersion students from Merrill Middle School to celebrate Pan American Day. The students will participate in Drake Spanish courses in the morning and have the opportunity to celebrate Pan American dance and music at a performance by Drake students in Olmsted Center in the afternoon.