Capstone Grants


The 2019 Capstone Grant Awardees have been announced! 

Click here to see the 2019 Awardees.

The purpose of the Histochemical Society’s Capstone Research Grant is to provide assistance to further the research projects of undergraduate students who propose to use immunohistochemistry or other histochemical techniques in their projects.  We aim to encourage undergraduate students to effectively utilize histochemistry as an analytical method for biological research under the direction of a faculty mentor. The Histochemical Society will award $1000 to successful applicants and mentors.  Preference will be given to students who hold a junior or senior academic standing.  It is expected that the research would be completed within approximately one year.  Students whose research is supported by the Capstone Research Grant will be required to report their findings to the Histochemical Society Education Committee upon the completion of the project.


Applicant Requirements:  

The Capstone grant is awarded to a faculty mentor to support the work of a student applicant. Students must be undergraduates and current members of the Histochemical Society. Mentor must be a current faculty mentor with commitment to support the proposed undergraduate research project. Mentors who are current members of the Histochemical Society will be given preference.  Ideally, student applicants will have conducted research previously and this award will be used to help the students to collect remaining data to prepare the project for publication or presentation.  Preference will be given to students who will be juniors or seniors during the proposed research. A mentor bio sketch, CV, and mentoring plan with timeline are part of the application.

 
Evaluation: 

Applications will be evaluated on the effective and necessary use of immunohistochemistry or other histochemical techniques toward completion of the project.  Likelihood of successful completion of the project (based on availability of appropriate laboratory space, equipment and institutional support) and significance of the question being addressed will also be considered.


Reporting: 

Successful applicants should submit a summary of their project in the form of a scientific manuscript.  This should be submitted within 2 months of the project’s completion date

Timeline:

March 1 to May 15: Application site open

May: Applications reviewed

June: Applicants notified; Funds disbursed

August of following year: Project completion

October of following year: Report submitted to the HCS Education Committee


Acceptance of funding: 

The Histochemical Society will work with awardee mentors and their institution to determine the best mechanism for delivering the funds.  The HCS reserves the right to publish names and photographs of the awardees on the HCS website and other informational forums, including social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. Grant funds may be transferred within the same mentor lab if the student awardee is unable to fulfill the terms of the grant, provided mentor notifies HCS and submits the new student’s CV/resume and updated timeline for completion of the project. 

Contact Information:
Please contact Education Committee Chair, Scott Tanner ([email protected], 864-503-5063) or HCS Executive Director, Kendra LaDuca ([email protected]) regarding any questions.

Research Plan:
To apply, you will be asked to submit a Research Plan (3 page limit).  Please include the following:

  1. Hypothesis
  2. Rationale, including why IHC techniques are necessary for project
  3. Previous/Supporting Data
  4. Methods, including use of IHC techniques
  5. References
  6. Planned presentation/publication outlets for undergraduate student
  7. Submission Guidelines
    1. 3 Page Limit, excluding references and presentation outlets
    2. Margins should be no smaller than 1”
    3. Font should be 10pt. Arial or Times New Roman
    4. 1 Figure may be included
    5. Submit in PDF format

Apply:
To apply you must submit your Research Plan (outlined above), Student CV/Resume, mentoring plan with timeline, mentor's biosketch, and a letter of support. Applications for the 2019 Capstone Grant cycle are no longer being accepted. The 2020 application process will open in early 2020.