Proposal Formatting, Evaluation and Funding


Proposals should be single spaced, and comply with the following format.

Cover Page


Title/Abstract Page


Student Applicant


Faculty Mentor


Abstract (up to 250 words)


Aims and Objectives (a brief, clear statement of specific research objectives)


Introduction (up to 1 page to support the rationale of the research hypothesis and work plan, with a review of key literature relating proposed work to previous and current work in the field. Include a statement on relevance to your career goals and why it is an innovative, original contribution that will advance animal health)


Work plan (a 1-2 page statement of the essential work plan and methods that will be used to attain the stated objectives and test the hypothesis)


Literature Cited


Letter of Support (attach letter of support from the mentor which should include the support available for the student)


Grants will be awarded to students upon the recommendation of a Student Research Electives Committee composed of 5 faculty representatives, each an accomplished researcher with an active current program, and 3 Ex Officio members: Dr. Kevin Macaluso, Program Director and Associate Professor of Pathobiological Sciences; Dr. Britton Grasperge, Co-Director and Assistant Professor in Clinical Pathology; and Dr. J. Taboada, Associate Dean for Student and Academic Affairs. Proposal evaluations will be based on:


  • Originality and relevance to the future advancement of animal health                30%
  • Student grade point average, academic background, and interest in research  20%
  • Feasibility of the research plan, budget, and value as a learning experience      20%
  • Level of support & guidance expected to be provided by mentor(s)                    20%
  • Potential for publication of findings in a scientific journal                                     10%

Funds to support successful proposals will be placed in an account for expenditure by students according to a budget approved by the advisory committee for summer stipends ($5,961) and $250 for such items as supplies and operating expenses. The latter will depend on the program and needs. It is expected that a majority of the cost of research will be supported by the mentors. Funds will not be provided for travel, capital expenses, or graduate, post-doctoral or residency stipends. Intellectual property rights for results of these studies will be assigned following LSU guidelines. As per University guidelines, mileage reimbursement up to $500 will be provided for LSU students electing to work at the TNPRC for the purposes of travel.