How Can I Use a SIRF?

We want our University Scholars to explore and discover. The SIRFs are designed to help you do just that. You have broad leeway in the type of project you can undertake, understanding that the project must be supervised by a faculty mentor and you are more likely to earn a SIRF in an area where you have demonstrated previous expertise and interest.

SIRFs can be used to complete group resesarch projects as well. All members of your group must be University Scholars; groups collaborate on a single letter of intent and a single application.

Click here to read about projects profiled at the Fall 2014 Scholars Research Symposium.

Click here to read about projects profiled at the Fall 2015 Scholars Research Symposium.

Here are a few examples of projects SIRFs can be used to carry out:

  • A theatrical production based on an original and yet-to-be represented play/musical.
  • An oral history of a particular group of people – e.g. the original protagonists of the Stonewall Uprising;
  • A cross-cultural study of evolving people's attitudes and beliefs surrounding in-vitro fertilization in the Bible Belt region of the United States;
  • An art history project requiring travel to study a particular artifact – e.g. participation in an archeological dig on the island of Crete;
  • An anthropology project involving field work in a distant place – e.g. studying urban homelessness in the mega-cities of Latin America;
  • An historical project depending upon access to manuscript sources located far away – e.g. early Christian writings in the Vatican library in Rome, Italy;
  • A study of the impact of global climate change on the Great Barrier Reef;
  • A proposal for a new elementary school curriculum to promote computer literacy among young children;
  • A geological study of a recently active Icelandic volcano;
  • The design of a new helmet design to minimize the risk of concussions;
  • The use of radar technologies in conjunction with mammograms to better pinpoint breast cancer tumors.
  • A comparative analysis of 9/11 memorials monuments as focal points of social memory conflict;