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Wisely Fellow Undergraduate Research Mentor

Additional Compensation for Faculty!

The School of Honors and the Office of Academic Affairs is proud to announce The Wisely Fellow Undergraduate Research Mentor Competition 2020


The Wisely Fellow Undergraduate Research Mentor (the “Wisely Fellow”) is a one-year academic fellowship at Stephen F. Austin State University jointly sponsored by the Office of Academic Affairs and the School of Honors.

The award will cover the spring 2020 and fall 2020 semesters. The Fellow will receive $1,000 compensation for the spring 2020 and $1,000 compensation for the fall 2020. During the spring, the Fellow is expected to select three or four undergraduate Honors students and work with them on their research as well as preparing and submitting proposals to the 2020 National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) conference. These proposals are due by 27 February 2020 for presentation at the fall 2020 NCHC conference. The Fellow will mentor the students and help them each refine their research for conference presentation.

In the fall 2020, the Fellow will accompany three or four students to the NCHC 2020 where the students will present their research. The Fellow will continue the mentoring process while at NCHC and afterward for any follow-up opportunities. The Fellow will have $5,500 available to pay for the conference registration and associated travel to NCHC in November 2020 (NCHC 2020 is in Dallas). The Fellow will work with the School of Honors office staff regarding travel.

The students do not have to be in the Fellow’s area of research, though it might be easier to mentor students who share a research area. The primary goal is to help students improve their research and especially refine the final product to be presented at a conference. Similarly, the Fellow will help the students develop presentation skills.
The purpose of the Wisely Fellowship in 2020 and moving forward is to support undergraduate research at SFA.


A Wisely Fellow Undergraduate Mentorship Proposal should be submitted electronically to Michael Tkacik in the School of Honors ( The proposal should be no more than three typed pages. The proposal should make clear how the students will be selected and the plans for mentorship during both the spring and the fall.


The proposal should be submitted by January 24, 2020 at 5:00 pm.

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