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Sponsored Programs and Research Integrity

Administration Building, Room 315
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660-543-4264


Willard North Graduate Student Research Award



The Willard North Graduate Research Award is named in honor of Dr. Willard North who devoted many years to fostering research at UCM.  Dr. North was a proponent of sound research design, appropriate statistical techniques, and proper interpretation of results.

The purpose of these awards is to promote and encourage those with the highest levels of graduate research and scholarly investigation in keeping with Dr. North’s standards.

The Willard North Graduate Student Research Award is available to all graduate students seeking graduate degrees from University of Central Missouri. All applicants must be enrolled in graduate courses during the semester in which they apply for the award. Graduate students are limited to one (1) award per degree program and a maximum of two (2) awards. Awards will be made only during the active phases of the research/thesis and will not be made after a project/thesis has been submitted for final approval. Applicants should be aware that the total pool of funds is dependent upon endowment growth.

Application Instructions

  • The application must include:
    • Cover Page and Abstract form complete with signature approvals by the appropriate faculty sponsor, department chair, dean or other appropriate supervisor;
    • Electronic abstract
    • Concise, informative proposal with 1” margins and 12-pt font appropriate for a non-technical audience with labeled sections containing the following (six page maximum Word or PDF document);
      • Background, Problem Statement and brief Literature Review;
      • Goals, Objectives and Significance or impact of the study (be explicit);
      • Methodology or Procedures (include time/work schedule);
      • Line Item Budget with Justification (one page maximum);
      • Listing of other sources of support for this project (one page maximum);
      • Curriculum vitae or statement indicating the qualifications of the faculty sponsor (one page maximum);
      • A short description of the relationship of this study to the research interest of the faculty person with whom the student is working;
      • If the request is for more than $300, include detail regarding exceptional circumstances and whether project can occur without additional funding.
    • Copy of any instrument used (survey, etc.).
  • The application (includes all items in section 1 above) should be sent to The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research Integrity, Administration Building, Room 315. Application is limited to six (6) pages total which includes all items identified above.