College of Arts and Sciences

Student Research Grants


Students may apply for a Student Research Grant, by writing a small research proposal, submitting it for potential funding, carrying out the proposed activity, and writing a final report. Successful completion of all of the above makes a student eligible for a Student Research Award, presented at our annual Department Awards Night and Celebration.

The Student Research Grant program was established during the Fall 2009 semester to stimulate student research in the Department of Chemistry at Tennessee Tech University. This student focused program is financially supported from the proceeds of in-house published laboratory manuals.

Student Research Grant Committee:

Student Research Grants are a part of the Student Research Program which is managed by the Student Research Committee: Dr. Xuanzhi Zhan (chair). The committee evaluates student written proposals and recommends the most competitive applications for funding based on scientific merit, overall quality, and proposed budget.


Undergraduates, first and second year M.S. students, as well as first and second year EVS Ph.D. students whose primary research is being conducted in the TTU Chemistry Department may submit a proposal for funding consideration to the Student Research Grant Committee. Undergraduate proposals receive first priority towards funding.

Application Process:

The Student Research Grant application package must include one original of the following:

1) Cover page (Including your name, title of proposal, your advisor's name, and the submission date

2) Proposal (doubled-spaced, font size of 12). The overall format for the proposal is open, but should contain the following sections: Introduction (or Background), Objective, Methodology, Project Description (or Research Plan), Summary, etc. Previous results, if applicable and relevant, are encouraged to be included. Example Submission

3) Budget Form (available on downloadable from the TTU Chemistry website)

If a proposal is not selected for funding the student is encouraged to revise, improve, and resubmit the proposal before the next submission deadline.

Application Deadlines:

The next SRG deadline is Friday, March 15. The completed application package should be submitted electronically as a single PDF file via email to Dr. Xuanzhi Zhan ( before 5 p.m. CST on the due date listed. The copier in the Chemistry Department office (FH 219) can accomplish this. Applications submitted late or incomplete will not be considered.


It is the belief of the committee that a grantee should be accountable for the funds that were used to support the research endeavor. However, the proof of such accountability could take various forms. Presentation of the work at the TTU Student Research Day, a local, regional, or national meeting for the discipline in which the research was conducted, publication of results in a journal of the faculty mentor's choice, or submission of a written summary of what results were obtained, if the research project proved unfruitful, would all satisfy this requirement. It is the expectation of the committee that such a dissemination of results be completed in a period of time no longer than one year from the time the research was initiated. Submission of a copy of an abstract or written summary should be submitted electronically to Dr. Carroll once the research is to be presented.

Student Research Awards

Undergraduate students who received a grant, carried out the proposed research, and fulfilled the dissemination of results requirement shall be eligible to receive a Student Research Award. This recognition includes a certificate to be presented during the departmental banquet at the end of the spring semester.