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Kilmer Fund

Undergraduate Students

The Kilmer Fund was established 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.

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

Deadlines

Completed applications will be reviewed on the following schedule:

  • Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 4 p.m. for Spring 2019
  • Thursday, March 20, 2019 at 4 p.m. for Summer 2019
  • Thursday, March 20, 2018 at 4 p.m. for Fall 2019

Requirements

  • 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 INTD 499 Kilmer Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship) with the faculty mentor for the project during the academic year or over the summer (as appropriate).

  • For two-semester Kilmer awardees, register for and complete INTD 450 Advanced Honors Colloquium (1 cr.) to discuss and share your work. Multiple sections of INTD 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).

  • Submit a Progress Report each semester or at the end of the summer. For year-long apprenticeships, Progress Reports (document available below) must be submitted by the end of each semester.

  • 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.

Application Procedure

Submit a completed application (see below for current form) to the Center for Applied Learning (107 Crumb Library) by the designated application date.

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

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.

Forms

All forms related to the Kilmer Fund Application process and award disbursement can be found online.

View Forms Here