Prospective Wentz Researchers

The Lew Wentz Foundation and Oklahoma State University provide support for the nationally recognized Wentz Research program. Each year, $4,500 one-year Wentz Research Grants are given to approximately forty undergraduates to conduct independent research with the guidance of a faculty mentor in any field of study (major).  No extensions are granted, though students may apply on the regular program rotation to receive Wentz Grant funding for projects that are a continuation of previously Wentz-funded research if the project has proceeded to a significantly distinct next phase. 
 
NoteStudents are allowed to receive only one Wentz Research Grant OR Niblack Research Scholars Award per academic year.  Students may apply for more than one Wentz Award AND Niblack Research Scholars Award per year but will be required to choose to receive ONLY ONE AWARD if offered multiple awards.  

 


Wentz Research Grant | $4,500

Student Eligibility Requirements

To receive a Wentz Research Grant, you must...
  • be classified as an undergraduate at Oklahoma State University's Stillwater or Tulsa campus,
  • have completed a minimum of twelve (12) credit hours at Oklahoma State University, and
  • achieved a 3.00 minimum grade-point-average (GPA).
Note: Students must meet these minimum eligibility requirements at the time of application and for the duration of the award year. Those classified as graduate students, in 3-2 programs, or in Veterinary Medicine are NOT eligible to apply. Also, please note that only one Wentz Research Grant per year, per student is allowed.

Faculty Mentor Requirement

To receive a Wentz Research Grant, you must arrange a faculty member to supervise your project.  ONLY TENURED OR TENURE-TRACK FACULTY at the OSU-Stillwater or Tulsa campuses are eligible to mentor Wentz projects.   

Click Here for Information About Choosing a Topic and Finding a Faculty Mentor.

Proposal Guidelines

To receive a Wentz Research Grant, you must submit an original research proposal that...

  • was conceived and written by you (the student),
  • can achieve meaningful results within one academic-year (fall and spring semester),
  • explains the "what" (the question your project attempts to answer), "how" (the strategy you'll employ to answer the question), "why" (the reason an answer is needed to your question and how your results will answer it), and
  • is one (1) single-spaced page in 10+ point font, including figures (diagrams, graphs/charts, images, etc.) and references (formatted according to the disciplinary mode of citation).

Note: PROPOSALS MUST NOT INCLUDE PERSONAL IDENTIFICATION INFORMATION, such as the student's, mentor's, graduate assistant's, research team's or lab's name, to ensure the integrity of the blind review process.

- Click Here for Information About Designing a Project and Writing a Research Proposal

Review Process

Wentz Research Grant proposals are reviewed by one of six OSU faculty committees based on the disciplinary focus of the project-- not the student's major:

  • BUSINESS (Accounting, Economics, Finance, Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Hotel & Restaurant Admin., Communications, Agribusiness, Management, etc.) 
  • EDUCATION & PROFESSIONAL STUDIES (Elementary, Secondary, Music, Physical & Agricultural Edu., Apparel & Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, etc.)
  • FINE ARTS & HUMANITIES (Art, English, Foreign Languages, History, Music, Theatre, Philosophy, etc.)
  • LIFE SCIENCES (Biology, Microbiology, Biochemistry, Zoology, Entomology, Botany, Horticulture, Nutrition, Ecology, Physiology, etc.)
  • MATH, PHYSICAL SCIENCES & ENGINEERING (Physics, Statistics, Engineering, Mathematics, Architecture, Geology, etc.)
  • SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES (Sociology, Psychology, Human Development & Family Sci., etc.)

Note: These options are NOT ORGANIZED BY COLLEGE OR MAJOR OF THE APPLICANT but rather the disciplinary focus of the project.  The examples provided are NOT COMPREHENSIVE and are only intended for general guidance.

Proposals are evaluated in a blind review process (in which the committees cannot identify either the student applicant or faculty mentor) according to the following criteria:

  • Originality and Creativity | The project proposal demonstrates originality of thought and creativity in approach and project design.
  • Context | The project proposal's results and objectives are clearly positioned within the "bigger picture" of the disciplinary frame or wider context.
  • Scale and Scope | The project proposal achieves meaningful results in one academic-year (fall and spring semester) without interfering with regular coursework and extracurricular obligations, including a timeline of activities.
  • Methodology and Strategy | The project proposal clearly explains the research methodology and/or strategy to achieve meaningful results and objectives.
  • Resources | The project proposal makes thoughtful, efficient use of available resources.
  • Style and Grammar | The project proposal is written in jargon-free language free of grammatical errors and is readily understandable by a broadly educated reader.

Funding Disbursement

Wentz Research Grant funds are disbursed directly to the student recipient's Bursar account in two equal payments at the beginning of each semester (fall and spring) of the award year.  $500 of the total $4,500 award may be disbursed to a departmental account for project-related expenses.  The applicant's faculty mentor will decide if $500 should be withheld for departmental disbursement at the time of application.

Program Requirements

In addition to maintaining a 3.0+ cumulative grade-point-average (GPA) and completing twelve (12) credit hours each semester of the award year (fall and spring semester) while remaining classified as an undergraduate at OSU, Wentz Research Grant recipients must fulfill the following program requirements or the award funding will be rescinded: 

  • Progress Report | Wentz Research Grant recipients must submit a "progress report" near the end of the fall semester of the award year that summarizes project-related activities to date and describes project-related plans and expectations for the remainder of the award year.
  • Wentz Symposium | Wentz Research Grant recipients must present the results of their project in poster format at the annual Wentz Symposium near the end of the spring semester of the award year where they will compete for one of several symposium prizes.
  • Final Report | Wentz Research Grant recipients must submit a "final report" of project results (five (5) pages minimum) to The Henry Bellmon Office of Scholar Development and Undergraduate Research by the end of the spring semester of the award year.
  • Meetings and Seminars | Wentz Research Grant recipients must attend all mandatory program meetings scheduled throughout the award year or make other arrangements with the Director of Scholar Development, Jessica Sullins (jessica.sullins@okstate.edu)

Click Here to Apply for a Wentz Research Grant