Layman Fellowship Program

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To increase student engagement in experiential learning through research and scholarship mentored by OSU-Cascades faculty.


This program is made possible due to the generous support of Doug Layman, Daisy Layman, and the Layman Foundation.


Each award (per student) includes:

  • $1,000 award to the student. Students must enroll in a total of 3 research credits over the one-year study period, athough the student can choose how to distribute these credits across the year. The student's account will be billed standard tuition rates for these credits. For each credit of research the student registers for, $333 will be posted to the student’s account in the term when they enroll in the course. In order to be eligible to receive these funds, students must be enrolled at least one-quarter time (enrolled in at least 3 total credits per term of the award).
  • $1,000 support to faculty mentor, as summer stipend (lump sum in the summer following the completion of the work on in the summer where the work occurs), or Professional Development funds during the academic year where the work occurs.
  • Up to $500 for student supplies and/or student travel related to the project.

Eligible projects and requirements

  • Faculty-mentored student research/scholarship projects appropriate to the discipline are eligible for funding. The faculty mentor is responsible for identifying an appropriate project together with the student.
  • All full-time 1.0 FTE OSU-Cascades faculty members are eligible to be a mentor.
  • All OSU-Cascades students are eligible. Requirements include:
    1. Enroll in 3 research credits (minimum of 90 hours of research experience) within one calendar year of the award. The faculty mentor and student will work together to identify the number and timing of the enrolled credits.
    2. Document 90 hours of work, signed by the mentor, and completed within one calendar year of the project start date.
    3. Presentation of the project at the annual OSU-Cascades Student Research Symposium with an acknowledgement indicating support from the Layman Fellowship program on their poster/project. If the student is unable to present at the OSU-Cascades Symposium, the faculty mentor and student can identify an alternative presentation venue.
    4. Completion of an online form at the conclusion of the project to summarize accomplishments and impacts on the student’s educational and/or career trajectory. The summary will also note where the student presented the project, and will include long-term contact information for after graduation such as email, phone number, and mailing address.
  • Faculty mentors agree to participate in program evaluation activities including surveys, interviews, student applications/acceptance to graduate school, job placement, etc.

How to apply

  1. Application form can be found here.
  2. Student will connect with faculty mentors to identify an appropriate project. The application form requires students indicate that they have approval from the faculty mentor for the proposed project. A copy of the application will be sent directly to the mentor at the time it is submitted for review.
  3. Student will complete an application, available online, that includes:
    1. Information about the student and the name and email of the faculty mentor.
    2. Start and end date (maximum duration is one calendar year).
    3. Description of the project (aims, methods, anticipated outcomes).
    4. Statement of anticipated impact on student’s education and/or career goals.
    5. Budget for supplies and/or travel, up to $500.
      1. For information regarding travel see the business office website.


November 15 (for January 1 funding) and May 15 (for July 1 funding), annually.

Begins November, 2017. Last anticipated application deadline: May, 2021 for July 1, 2021 funding.

Review criteria and process

  • The review committee will be comprised of two faculty members and an administrator familiar with the Layman Fellowship program. Faculty members on the committee will not review/recommend their own students’ applications for funding.
  • All complete and well-developed applications will be recommended for funding. All proposals recommended will be funded, given sufficient funding.
  • Additional considerations may be included if more proposals are received than can be funded, including student financial need, student characteristics (e.g., under-represented group, first generation college student), representation of multiple disciplines, and faculty mentors. The intention is that recipients represent the OSU-Cascades student body.

In future years the track-record of mentors’ students completing their projects, and the quality of symposium presentations will also be considered.

Number of awards

  • Total budget is $50,000 per year for 4 years, for a total of $200,000.
  • For the first funding cycle (November 15, 2017) we anticipate funding up to 20 projects.

For 2017: If 20 or fewer mentors are identified on student proposals, each mentor with one or more students applying should receive at least one award, if the application is recommended for funding. If more proposals are received than can be funded, the mentors with multiple students applying will be asked to prioritize their students’ applications. Currently, there is not a limit on the number of students who can apply to work with an individual faculty mentor.

  • In future years approximately ten projects will be funded in November and ten in May.
  • Any funds unspent on funded projects, and/or funds not awarded in a given year, will be rolled into the pool of funds for the following year.