Overview

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GELH will not support international travel in 2021 due to COVID-19.

 

Program Description
The College of Arts & Sciences and the College of Health have grant funds available to 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 and College of Health sophomores and juniors in good standing and full-time status at time of application
• Sophomore standing minimum 23 college credits (true freshmen are not eligible to apply) 
• Minimum 2.0 GPA at the time of application  
• Must be returning in the fall of following year as a full-time undergraduate student 
• Will complete the proposed research and presentation prior to graduation 
• 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 $10 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.
 
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 Amanda Webb, amw313@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.
Proposals requesting more than $5000 will not be accepted. Any unused funds provided by the grant must be returned to Lehigh University.  Please email Amanda Webb at amw313@lehigh.edu for instructions.  Students are to inform the committee via the online application tool of any other grants they plan to pursue, and/or have accepted and the funding source and dollar amount of each.  If notification of a grant award takes place after the application is submitted, the student is responsible to notify Amanda Webb at amw313@lehigh.edu of the award amount and funding source(s). 
 
During the timeframe of the experiential learning activity, the Office of Interdisciplinary Programs may request a progress update to include research status, including any current issues and confirmation of work hours.
 
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 Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval. For additional information, please see research policies located on the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) website https://research.cc.lehigh.edu/research-integrityPlease note this process may take up to 2 months to complete.

Undergraduate Research Involving International Travel
Students seeking funds to travel to other countries will need to submit an ITAC review form to the International Travel Advisory Committee (ITAC); students are encouraged to submit their ITAC review form to ITAC simultaneously with their GELH applications, even if the ITAC review form must be updated later with some specific information. Some travel requires provost approval. Conduct violations may prohibit a student from traveling on a Lehigh-sanctioned grant or program, and traveling with a Lehigh student who has conduct violations may result in a group trip’s denial of endorsement by the provost.

ITAC will likely only approve international travel if the student is on a Lehigh-sanctioned trip involving an agent of the university (faculty or staff member), or if the in-country partner organization is considered to be a strong partner organization by ITAC. It is recommended, but not required, to piggyback on programs Lehigh is already participating in order to be in close proximity to Lehigh faculty/staff.  Both GELH and ITAC consider the background, experience and staffing of students in-country partner organizations (e.g., Engineers Without Borders) when they evaluate travel proposals. Nonprofit organizations vary widely in experience, expertise, resources and training.  There are many characteristics of a strong partner organization, but they typically have the following:
 
1. Staff members of the organization are on-site where the student(s) will be located at all times;
2. Clearly defined policies and notifications for students, parents, and universities (typically available on a web site or by emailing the organization’s contact person);
3. Considerable experience working with students at the site or country of the travel;
4. Appropriate insurance.
 
Students should include information about their intended partner organization with their GELH application, as well as with their ITAC proposal. If proposing partnering with a new organization, students must properly vet the organization and include this information in their GELH application and ITAC proposal. ITAC review for travel that involves travel in remote locations, partnering with new organizations, and/or travel without an agent of the University will require full review rather than expedited review, and such projects may never be approved by ITAC. Students are encouraged to work with sites and partner organization that Lehigh University already has established ties or programs with.
 
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://www.lehigh.edu/~incis/documents/ServiceandInsuranceProgram.pdf.  
 
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 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 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 provide a CV/resume and contact information to the GELH Committee via email to Amanda Webb, amw313@lehigh.edu. If your project mentor is a Lehigh faculty/staff member, your second letter of recommendation should come from your major advisor or another Lehigh professor that you have a good relationship with.
Please have the letters of recommendation submitted to Amanda Webb, amw313@lehigh.edu.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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