The Graduate Student Research Award, introduced in 2007, is intended to support the research activities of WNRCASN members who are graduate students. This award is available to: 1) faculty members who are WNRCASN members and who are engaged in graduate studies; or 2) graduate students at WNRCASN-affiliated institutions. The focus of the research must be related to nursing education. Research within this focus may be directed to any aspect of nursing education, including issues of importance to faculty members or students, strategies pertaining to teaching and learning, or curricular challenges.
One research award will be funded up to $2500. It is expected that the research will be completed within a two-year period.
1. Applicants must be faculty members who hold active membership in WNRCASN prior to submission of the application or a graduate student at a WNRCASN affiliated institution.
2. The proposed research must relate to nursing education.
3. Faculty members who are members of WNRCASN and are also graduate students may apply to the Graduate Student Research Award to fund their theses or dissertations only. Graduate students studying at a WNRCASN-affiliated educational institutions (and who are members of WNRCASN) may also apply for the Graduate Student Research Award. Proposals that arise from graduate studies course work are not eligible for the WNRCASN Research Award.
Note: If for any reason, the successful applicant cannot complete the project within two years, the award will not be deferred. In those circumstances, the award must be relinquished and the second-ranked applicant will be offered the award.
Each application must be submitted electronically and must include the following:
1. Personal Data includes:
- name of graduate student and research supervisor including educational institution affiliation
- contact information for graduate student
- for graduate students who are WNRCASN members – the name of employing educational institution
2. Title of Proposed Research Project
3. Statement of the relationship between the research project and graduate studies
4. Signatures of graduate student, research supervisor and Dean
Part A should be on a separate page which will be removed from the proposal prior to review in order to facilitate a blind review. All identifying information within the proposal will be obscured for the review process.
Part B: Research Proposal
1. Research proposal should include:
- an abstract;
- a clear concise description of the research;
- literature review;
- method and procedures, including problem statement/research question, hypothesis, theoretical/conceptual framework, sample and assumptions;
- ethical considerations; and
- relevance and potential contribution to nursing education.
Please limit the research proposal to a maximum of 5 pages, single spaced, one-sided, 12 font with 2.5 cm margins. It is recommended that applicants use the title of the research as a header on all documents.
2. Budget: Personnel and materials expenses only (conference expenses will not be covered). Please specify if funding is expected or has been obtained from other sources. Budget should be a maximum of one page in addition to the proposal. The money will not be released to the successful researcher until ethical approval has been received and a copy of the certificate submitted.
3. Schedule of activities: Include a time line of project completion. The funded proposal must be completed within a two year period following award of the funds.
4. Please submit your application and proposal electronically in pdf format by midnight December 11 to firstname.lastname@example.org
1. Reports: It is expected that an annual report will be submitted to WNRCASN Executive outlining the progress of the study (i.e.: completed activities, remaining activities, and expected date of completion). This report is due one year after the award date. Further, it is expected that a two-page summary report outlining the major findings will be submitted to WNRCASN Executive at the completion of the study.
2. Budget: Approximately 10% of the budget allowance may be moved from one line to another, as long as an explanation is provided to justify same. If the project cannot be completed as intended, all award monies must be reimbursed to WNRCASN. Funds will be released to the successful applicant on submission of certificate of ethical approval to the WNRCASN Secretary-Treasurer.
3. As an award recipient, the successful applicant(s) will be asked to provide a recent photo and a one page project overview (300 words) to be posted on the WNRCASN website.
4. Research funds must be deposited into an account with the successful applicant’s educational institution. For graduate students, this account may be in the Research Supervisor’s name.
5. WNRCASN must be credited with funding support in all public dissemination of the project.
Decisions for awards will be based on the quality of the application