Case Western Reserve University is a multi-disciplinary research intensive university with administration, faculty, staff, and students actively involved in issues of energy and sustainability. In 2008, President Barbara Snyder signed the American College and University President’s Climate Commitment, which was followed-up in 2011 with the university submitting its Climate Action Plan with the goal of reducing the university’s carbon footprint to net zero within 40 years.
CWRU has many faculty involved in research concerning energy and sustainability across a breadth of disciplines. In its strategic plan and beyond, the university has committed financial resources to energy and the environment through The Great Lakes Energy Institute, Fowler Center for Sustainable Value, the Institute for Advanced Materials, and The Sustainability Alliance. The SURES program provides support for undergraduates to participate with faculty in research and engages students, staff, faculty, and community members in discussion and debate of energy issues. Students who participate in the program are better prepared to enter industry and business and make an impact early in their careers.
The SOURCE office recognizes and is grateful to the Case Alumni Association (CAA) and the Dominion Foundation for their support of the SURES program.
All undergraduate students at Case Western Reserve University who are continuing as undergraduates at Case in Fall 2014 are eligible to apply to the SURES program. Award recipients must be registered for fall classes prior to beginning the summer project. Projects must be completed at Case, and/or be under the supervision of a Case faculty member. Students who are awarded full-time research stipends ($3,500) cannot enroll in more than 4 hours of summer course work. Students must be present in their research during the entire 10 week program. Students unable to meet this requirement need to apply for SOURCE Funding. While students may apply for funding for different projects, students may not accept funding for 2 different projects (that is, students may not be part of both the CREATE and SURES programs). If you are accepted into more than one program, you must choose in which project you want to participate. However, faculty members are encouraged to supplement SURES funding with additional funding for supplies and stipend.
The SURES Program
The 2014 Summer Undergraduate Research in Energy and Sustainability (SURES) program is a ten week program. Exact dates to be determined. The deadline is March 7th, 2014. Each SURES participant will be paid a $3,500 stipend for full-time commitment. During the ten week program, students will work closely with their research mentors on their proposed projects. In addition, participants are required to participate in the weekly seminar series.
Students must identify a mentor prior to completing the SURES summer application. The SOURCE office is available for assistance in identifying a faculty mentor. SOURCE recommends that students attend one of the many “how to find a research position on or off campus” workshops during the fall semester.
A completed application packet consists of the following:
1) The online SURES summer funding application.
2) A brief proposal (approximately 3-4 pages) to include:
- Title Page - Your name, major, project title, mentor's name, and department only on this first page
- Following Pages - Goals and objectives, project description, project connection to energy and/or sustainbility, methodology, time commitment required for the project, connection with your educational and career goals, and budget summary
- If your project involves human subjects, you must include a section in your proposal about where you are in the IRB approval process.
4) Academic Transcript (unofficial printed from SIS is acceptable)
- Please email the transcript as a separate attachment from your proposal and resume.
- Please fill out this form, save it to your computer and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
- Application Components 2 - 4 may be emailed to email@example.com (.doc, .docx, or .pdf only)
- Please email the proposal with resume and transcript as 2 attachments (Proposal & Resume = 1st Attachment; Transcript = 2nd Attachment).
- Please note "SURES SUMMER FUNDING APPLICATION" on the subject line
- Applicants also may bring the above information to the SOURCE Office, Sears Library 451
- Your Project Mentor may email the Faculty Support Form to firstname.lastname@example.org or bring the form to the Source Office, Sears Library 451
The deadline for submitting a completed Application Packet, which includes application form, proposal, transcript, resume, and faculty support form, is March 7th, 2014.
Applications will be reviewed to confirm that the applicant meets the eligibility criteria. The selection committee will evaluate application files and identify recipients based on the strength and educational value of the proposal, the do-ability of the project, and the overall support of the faculty sponsor.
SOURCE will inform students about funding status during the first full week of April.