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Faculty-Undergraduate Student Engagement (FUSE)


FUSE grants are designed to support undergraduate students' intellectual development by fostering active engagement in the areas of research, creative and scholarly activities, and/or artistic performances.

All undergraduate students in good academic standing who will reach at least sophomore status at the time of award may apply. FUSE is well-suited for sophomore and junior level undergraduates. 

 

The Fall 2019 round of FUSE is closed. Check back after summer for information on the Spring 2020 round. 

 
An example of a FUSE application can be found here 
 
 

Program Overview

 

What type of projects are eligible?

All areas of research, creative activity, and artistic performance are eligible. Projects must be student- initiated, although the initial concept can originate from the faculty mentor.

 A standard FUSE award package includes:

  • Up to $3,000 that can be used after the award start date (no Pre Award spending will be approved).
  • Allowable expenses include the following:
    • project-related expenses (including travel needed to carry out research)
    • student to travel to a conference to present
    • travel for the faculty mentor to accompany the student to that conference
    • Funds can only be used to support the awarded student(s) listed in the FUSE application.
  • Scholarship for tuition for the one-hour course (if the course results in an increase in tuition)
  • $500 awarded to the student upon successful completion of the project
 An International FUSE award package includes:
  • The standard FUSE award package as described above
  • Up to $1,000 of supplemental funding awarded to the student to support international activities
What is expected of an awardee? 
(further details will be provided upon award)
  • Students must take a one-hour research course “UC 400: Mentored Research Experience” during the semester in which they receive the award (coursework is the FUSE project itself)
  • Students must to present/participate during WKU’s annual REACH week.
  • Student must present a poster/talk, or stage a performance/exhibit, at a national or regional conference, or other venue appropriate to the nature of the work
  • Faculty member should submit publication(s), with appropriate authorship, based on the work
  • Student are encouraged to attend an Office of Scholar Development workshop and discuss external scholarship options
A copy of the Reviewer Scoring Rubric can be found here
 

 

                                            Take a look at the FUSE Award recipients for Spring 2014 here.
Take a look at the FUSE Award recipients for Fall 2014  here.
                                            Take a look at the FUSE Award recipients for Spring 2015 here.
Take a look at the FUSE Award recipients for Fall 2015  here.
                                            Take a look at the FUSE Award recipients for Spring 2016  here.
Take a look at the FUSE Award recipients for Fall 2016  here.
Take a look at the FUSE Award recipients for Spring 2017  here
Take a look at the FUSE Award recipients for Fall 2017  here 
Take a look at the FUSE Award recipients for Spring 2018 here 
Take a look at the FUSE Award recipients for Fall 2018 here
Take a look at the FUSE Award recipients for Spring 2019 here
Take a look at the FUSE Award recipients for Fall 2019 here

 

 

 For Existing FUSE Awardees:

Guidelines for Spending FUSE Funds

WKU Student International Travel Registry

Final Report Form

 

 

For further information or questions, contact fuse@wku.edu

 

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 Last Modified 6/7/19