Thesis or Dissertation Awards

The Coalition for Cultural Competency at the University of Missouri-Columbia is offering dissertation grants for multicultural research conducted by graduate students in the College of Education at the University of Missouri. Conceptually driven and programmatic research in areas related to critical societal issues affecting multicultural populations in a wide variety of educational and community settings will be considered. Special attention will be given to research examining the intersection of multiple social identities (e.g., intersection of race, gender, and social class) on a given phenomenon.

About the Coalition

The Coalition is housed in the Department of Educational and Counseling Psychology (ECP) within the College of Education at the University of Missouri-Columbia. The Coalition focuses on providing services to schools and the broader community around multicultural issues through consultation, assessment, workshops, and intervention strategies. The Coalition promotes cutting edge applied research related to educational and psychological issues of diverse populations. Furthermore, the Coalition focuses on investigating issues related to a wide variety of community settings. A primary goal of the Coalition is to prepare multiculturally competent professionals to meet the needs of our diverse communities.

About the Awards

The Coalition has funds to support one (or more) dissertation award on an annual basis. The awards are meant to promote, support, and honor outstanding and noteworthy research in general multicultural issues (e.g., competency, training, and/or education) or specifically related to issues of race, gender, sexual identity, and/or social class of particular populations, especially the intersection of these factors. The award is consistent with the Coalition’s long-term training goals to promote/prepare graduate students to become multiculturally competent professionals. Awards will range from $100 to $250 for dissertation/thesis studies. Institutional IRB approval is required prior to receipt of the award.

When to Apply

Applicants should submit proposals no later than 5:00 pm, Monday, May 9, 2011 for consideration of research conducted during the current academic year or to be conducted in the next twelve months.

How to Apply

Applicants should submit no more than five double-spaced (12-point font) pages providing information on the following: synopsis of the study; rationale; hypotheses (if appropriate); and research design and methodology. The study can be in various stages of completion–from a proposed study to one already completed during the current academic year. The Coalition especially encourages proposals involving actual, not pilot, projects (pilot studies consist of preliminary research steps) and cutting edge projects that address current societal concerns/needs.  Funds are not normally provided for travel expenses.

Interested persons should submit four complete copies of their application including:

  1. A cover sheet stating title of proposal, names of the primary investigator and academic research advisor, departmental address, phone, and e-mail address.  (Primary investigator must be a graduate student in the COE.)
  2. An abstract of 100 words or less summarizing the proposed research.
  3. Project purpose, rationale, and research methodology, including number and type of participants and analytical procedures to be employed.
  4. Status of IRB review process (which must be approved before disbursement of funds).
  5. Specific plans for the award amount including a proposed budget. Applicants must submit a proposed budget specifying expected line-item costs for which the money will be used, along with a brief rationale explaining the need for the amounts requested.
  6. Vita of primary investigator.
  7. One letter of recommendation from a faculty member who has worked with the student (preferably a faculty advisor) who can evaluate the level of scholarship of the proposed study as well as the likelihood of completion.

One copy of the application materials should be delivered to Drs. Lisa Flores and Puncky Heppner, The Coalition for Cultural Competency, 16 Hill Hall, Educational and Counseling Psychology, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211. Applicants may only submit one grant application per deadline.

Selection of Awards

A committee comprising faculty and advanced doctoral students with expertise in multicultural research will review applications and make award selections. Criteria for selection will include, but not be limited to, the following:

  1. Studies that have significant potential to create new and useful knowledge on multicultural constructs with underrepresented groups, particularly those examining the intersection of race/ethnicity, gender, sexual identity, and social class.
  2. Cogent rationale for the proposed study based on the current literature.
  3. Rigorous and/or innovative methodological design and data analysis.
  4. Studies that address significant societal needs.

In the event that applications do not reflect sufficient quality on the above criteria, no awards will be given.

Award Grantees

Grantees will receive the award in one lump sum. In addition, grantees will be required to submit a brief (approximately 5 pages) technical report of their completed research project, including abstract and overall summary of research.