Student Research and
Creative Activities

West Chester University

Gretchen Studlien-Webb
Department of theatre and Dance
College of Visual and Performing Arts
West Chester University
West Chester, PA 19383

SRCA Award Q and A

Q. How can I submit my project through D2L?
A. Please submit all required documents (SRCA cover page, including abstract, project narrative, and a letter of support from your faculty mentor) through D2L Dropbox. You can find D2L submission instruction on SRCA website:
Projects such as sculptures, artwork, CD’s, must be brought to the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, Filano Hall, Room 205, no later than 4:00 PM on Feb. 25th, 2013.

Q. How should I submit the cover page with signatures if I go through the online submission?
A. Applications must be submitted to your department chair no later than Feb. 11th, 2013. The complete proposal including cover page with approval signatures of your department chair and dean must be scanned and uploaded into D2L by the applicant no later than 5 PM on Feb. 25th, 2013.

Q. Does the SRCA Committee take responsibility for unique articles, like works of art?
A. No. The SRCA Committee does not assume responsibility of any submissions. If you would like your submission returned to you after Research Day, it is the student(s) responsibility to pick up their projects by 3:00pm on April 16th, 2013.

Q. I only took 9 credits this semester, am I still be eligible?
A. Yes. Undergraduate applicants need 18 credits for the whole academic year, so if you take 6 in the fall and 12 in the spring, you can still qualify. Graduate students need a minimum of 9 credits for the whole academic year to qualify.

Q. Do I have to take the page limit seriously?
A. Yes. Submissions which exceed the page limits will be disqualified.

Q. Does the bibliography count toward my page limit.
A. No.

Q. Does charts, tables, and illustrations count toward my page limit?
A. Yes.

Q. Can I avoid the page limit requirement using smaller type and no margins?
A. No. If the font size, spacing, or margins do not follow established SRCA competition guidelines, your application will be disqualified.

Q. When writing my proposal, what level of knowledge does my audience have?
A. Your proposal should be understood by all members of the SRCA committee and not a hypothetical panel of experts so you should write to a general audience level.

Q. If I mail in my material to the SRCA Committee, will it be accepted if the postmark is before the deadline.
A. . No. Your application must be electronically submitted through D2L- no later than 5:00 PM on Feb. 25th, 2013. Documents sent via snail mail (campus or post office) will not be accepted.

Q. If I work with another student, do we each win $500?
A. No. Each approved project can win $500, not each applicant.

Q. If I was a recipient of past SRCA Award, can I apply again?
A. Yes. However, the project must be a new initiative.