All undergraduate and graduate students who receive ISLA funding must final a final report that meets the following guidelines. In some cases, a donor thank you note will also be required. Please be sure to credit ISLA appropriately in any public displays of your work.
Following project completion, please submit a final report. Final reports should be 3-4 pages in length and should be written in a style accessible to a non-specialist reader. Funded graduate students must submit their final reports six months after their award has been made; deadlines for undergraduates are in late April and the second week in September.
UROP recipients should include a signed UROP Final Report Cover Page. Conference Presentation Grants and graduate student grants do not require a final report cover page.
Email a PDF of your final report to Therese Blacketor, ISLA Student Program Coordinator. Awardees are encouraged to attach photographs or other digital materials relevant to your funded research/project.
Final reports should address the following:
List the where and when your research took place.
Nature of Research
Examples include (but are not limited to) archival or library research, human behavior study, fine arts or performance project.
Provide context of existing research or artistic work and present importance of your project in light of the existing research or artistic works.
How did you conceptualize the project? What questions did you wish to explore? How did you envision the project advancing your degree/career? In practice, how did you spend your time? For projects in the social sciences, please use this section to describe topics such as how participants were recruited and what conditions and procedures were established and followed.
What questions were you able to answer (or not answer) and why (or why not)? What results did you obtain? For social sciences, describe hypotheses, statistics, and outcomes.
What were the important takeaways for you, your work, and your field more broadly? How does your project speak to contemporary issues, needs, or fields outside of your own? How does your research address big questions beyond the specific parameters of your project? Think about how you would explain the project, and why it matters, to a person with little or no knowledge of your field.
What did ISLA funding enable you to achieve that you would not have been able to otherwise? Include specific tasks (e.g., compensating survey respondents, travel costs), as well as broader endeavors (e.g., journal publication, dissertation completion, winning larger external awards).
What is the project's current status, and when do you expect its completion? Did the project change as a result of your funded research (or other factors), and if so, how? How do you envision the project’s ultimate trajectory? For social science projects, relate results to existing research (replicated? extended? contradictory?) Discuss limitations and future directions of research.
If your award letter attributes your grant to a particular donor, you are required to write a thank-you note to that donor in addition to providing us with an electronic copy of your final report and senior thesis (when appropriate). Unsealed thank-you notes should be submitted to Therese Blacketor in 245 O'Shaughnessy Hall. Thank you notes are due with final reports.
Any publication, public recital, exhibition, or other public display of the student’s work must include an appropriate acknowledgment of ISLA’s Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program, Graduate Research Opportunity Program, or donor-specific fund. Although no one format is required, we recommend the following:
This [research, etc.] is made possible in part by support from the [grant program name], Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, College of Arts and Letters, the University of Notre Dame.