The Kilmer Fund was established by an anonymous donor to honor Dr. Frederick Barnett Kilmer, a physician and analytical chemist, who was the Director of Scientific Affairs for the Johnson & Johnson Company from 1889 to 1934.
As a result of this generosity, the OSRC is able to offer a variety of Kilmer grants for our undergraduate researchers and creative artists. These grants are meant to encourage and support independent student/faculty collaborative, research and creative projects across the campus in all academic fields of study.
Read on below, or schedule an appointment to learn more.
At present, the following opportunities exist:
- Kilmer Undergraduate Research Apprenticeships
Available for fall, spring, or two consecutive semesters
- Kilmer Summer Research Fellowship
One award available over the course of a student’s undergraduate career
Completed applications will be reviewed on the following schedule:
- Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 4 p.m. for Spring 2021
- Thursday, March 18, 2021 at 4 p.m. for Summer 2021
- Thursday, March 18, 2021 at 4 p.m. for Fall 2021
Note: The present COVID-19 restrictions mean that certain budget items (such as travel) will be disallowed until the restrictions are lifted, while some budget items otherwise discouraged (such as the purchase of books) will be considered more favorably.
2.5 GPA or above (3.0 for Summer Research Fellowship). This threshold must be met at the time of the award and maintained for the duration of the apprenticeship. In rare cases in which a student's GPA is slightly below a 2.5, but high in their particular field of interest, the student’s academic advisor will be asked to write a letter of support for the project.
Register for and complete a research or independent study course (or APLE 499 Kilmer Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship) with a faculty mentor for the project during the academic year (as appropriate). This course may earn from 1-3 academic credits. Summer Kilmer projects are exempt from this requirement (but may earn credit if desired).
For two-semester Kilmer awardees, register for and complete APLE 450 Advanced Honors Colloquium (1 cr.) to discuss and share your work. Multiple sections of APLE 450 will be offered every term. Class meets for one hour per week for fifteen weeks. (Summer Researchers and single-semester Kilmer awardees are exempted from this requirement).
Present the results of findings or the culmination of creative/scholarly projects in an academic forum or venue appropriate to the discipline. All Kilmer recipients are expected to present at the campus’s annual Learning & Research Fair (in April). Students are encouraged to submit their work to a discipline-specific conference or meeting/scholarly journal.
Read and follow the Guidelines for Completing the Kilmer Grant and submit a completed Application and Information Survey (see below for current forms) to the Office for Student Research and Creativity (Center for Applied Learning, Lougheed Learning Commons, Suite 107) by the designated application date. Faculty mentors must complete and submit a Faculty Mentor Support Form.
Note: Students will want to consult with their faculty mentor, but the application should be completed by the student. Late, incomplete or previous versions of the application will not be considered for funding.
Awards (To be used only for expenses directly related to the project)
- Year-long projects (two full semesters): up to $600
- Semester projects: up to $400
- Summer projects: up to $1000
Award amounts will be based on documented budgetary needs, and funds must be expended within the projected timeline. Failure to expend the awarded funds within the designated time will result in the reallocation of funds. Students are eligible for one award per academic year, and only one summer award during their undergraduate course of study.
Note: Funding levels depend upon annual endowment earnings, which may fluctuate with the financial markets.
All forms related to the Kilmer Fund Application process and award disbursement are posted online.