Overview

Application Deadline - TBD (Application coming Spring 2023)

 

Program Description

The College of Arts & Sciences has grant funds available to first years, sophomore and junior undergraduate students to support experiential learning activities in health. Students who meet the qualifications and whose proposals are accepted by the committee may be awarded a fellowship of up to $5000. An experiential learning activity is an independent, hands-on research or real world experience that advances the student’s understanding of health or healthcare. For example, a student might shadow a physician in a hospital, intern for a health insurance company, take on a research project at a Center for Public Health, volunteer for a NGO with a health mission, conduct oral histories of cancer patients, enter the genetic engineering competition, or conduct health-related research in a laboratory. Identification and justification of the funded activity is up to the student; the principal requirement is that the proposed activity be related to health. Health is broadly defined, stretching from research or work experiences in the natural sciences (e.g., biological research), the social sciences (e.g., community health research, health policy; hospital finances and management), to the humanities (e.g., history of medicine; bioethics; narrative; art). The intent of this program is to give students an opportunity to develop and experience a unique learning activity that will broaden and deepen their knowledge of some aspect of health or health care. This experience must take place between mid-May and mid-August. No late proposals or winter break experience will be considered.
 
Lehigh University Grants for Experiental Learning in Health - Woman in scienceEligibility
• College of Arts and Sciences first years, sophomores and juniors in good standing and full-time status at time of application
• Minimum 2.0 GPA at the time of application  
• Must be returning in the fall of following year as a full-time undergraduate student 
• Students may not receive academic credit for the work conducted with GELH funding
• Students who have received GELH funding previously are not eligible
  
Award
Students may apply for an individual award or a group award at a maximum $5000 per individual. A group consists of two or more students all of whom meet eligibility requirements. Grant fund fellowships will be disbursed as a stipend, expense reimbursement, or a combination of the two. Clothing, shoes and the like, as well as immunizations and medications are non-reimbursable expenses. 
 
The funds may be used as follows:
 
• To provide a stipend (in the form of a twice monthly paycheck) intended to cover cost of living such as housing and food for U.S. based experiences (or other out-of-pocket expenses for international experiences). As a guide, a student using the grant for a domestic research/internship stipend should budget $12 an hour. 
• To purchase specialized books unobtainable through the library system.
• To gain access to off-campus research materials or facilities.
• To purchase lab supplies, and to fund data gathering and analysis.
• To support travel necessary to perform research, collect scholarly data or perform other scholarly activities (field trips, international travel/housing costs, visits to off-campus libraries, etc.). 
• To support travel to present a paper, attend a conference, participate in symposia, or attend a professional meeting.  Any software or computer purchase becomes Lehigh’s property at the research conclusion.
 
Proposals requesting more than $5000 will not be accepted. If you plan to pursue, or have accepted, funding from any other source please include those details in your project proposal submitted via the online application. Please note, at any time during your project, if you are being paid by a Lehigh University source other than through the GELH grant, you are required to seek approval from Nick Pesarcik, nap622@lehigh.edu. 
 
For expense reimbursements, students must comply with Lehigh University’s travel and business expenses reimbursement policies and procedures found on the Controller’s webpage: https://financeadmin.lehigh.edu/content/travel-business-expense-policy-and-procedures.
 
 
Research Compliance
As with all research conducted at Lehigh, conduct of research must adhere to University policies, including those pertaining to human subjects, vertebrate animals and hazardous materials. Faculty mentors, as part of the normal pedagogical relationship, will provide guidance on university and professional standards, regulations and policies. If your research involves any of the aforementioned groups, you may be required to obtain explicit approvals (e.g., Institutional Review Board (IRB), Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)). For additional information, please see research policies located on the Office of the Vice Provost for Research (OVPR) website https://research.cc.lehigh.edu/research-integrityPlease note this process may take up to 2 months to complete.

Undergraduate Research Involving International Travel

Previously (Summer 2022) all international travel needed to be through an approved, Lehigh-led program. No independent travel was permitted. International travel for Summer 2023 - TBD
 
Any Lehigh student traveling abroad is required to pay a $50 fee administered by Office of International Affairs, International Programs and Study Abroad for 6 weeks or less and $100 for travel lasting more than 6 weeks. This registration enrolls you in the Lehigh University Student International Services and Insurance Program: https://global.lehigh.edu/study-abroad  
 
Students can consult with International SOS regarding questions about safety, security, immunizations and other health related at
https://www.internationalsos.com/MasterPortal/default.aspx?membnum=11BYSG000004&AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1.
 
The External Mentor
The external mentor is someone who is associated with the site where your research or experiential activity will be conducted if it is outside of Lehigh University. Not all projects require an external mentor; only those conducted outside of Lehigh University require an external mentor. The external mentor is responsible for reviewing your proposal, your deliverable, and keeping your budget on track.  The mentor is also responsible for assisting with research related questions and the IRB/travel process if applicable. Mentors cannot be paid stipend or be reimbursed for travel expenses. 
 
Letters of Recommendation
A Lehigh faculty must review your proposal and provide a letter of recommendation. If your work is being done under the mentorship of a Lehigh faculty/staff member, this person must submit the letter of recommendation. 
 
You must also provide a second letter of recommendation. If your project is conducted through or at Lehigh University, your second letter should come from your major advisor or another Lehigh professor that you have a good relationship with. If your project will be overseen by an external mentor (not a Lehigh faculty or staff member), your second letter of recommendation will come from them. Please also have your external mentor include their CV/resume and contact information with the letter of recommendation.
 
Letters of recommendation will be requested through InfoReady Review, which is the online system you will use to submit your GELH application materials.

 

 

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