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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 and Daisy Layman.


    Each award (per student) includes (updated 6-1-20):

    • $1,000 award to the student. Students have the choice of enrolling in research credits over the one-year study period, or taking this money as hourly wages. If the student opts for research credits, the student's account will be billed standard tuition rates for these credits and $333 will be reimbursed 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 at the university in at least 3 total credits per term of the award).
    • $1,000 support to faculty mentor, which can be taken as summer salary or as overload pay during the term.
    • Up to $500 for student supplies and/or student travel related to the project. Any remaining funds can be used for student hourly wages.
    • Any unused funds will be returned to the Layman Fellowship program for award to future students. Faculty may not use remaining supply/travel money to fund additional students but they can use their own $1000 stipend/PD for this purpose.

    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. Document 90 hours of work, signed by the mentor, and completed within one calendar year of the project start date.
      2. 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.
      3. 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

    **FOR JULY 1, 2020 AWARDS**
    Faculty mentors may submit an application on behalf of a "to be named" student who will conduct the research. Completed applications should be emailed to Kara Witzke.

    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. 
    3. Student will complete an application (linked above) that includes:
      1. Information about the student and faculty mentor.
      2. Start and end date (maximum duration is one calendar year).
      3. Description of the project (background, aims, methods, anticipated outcomes).
      4. Role of the student, faculty mentor, and other Layman Fellow applicants on the project.
      5. Statement of anticipated impact on student’s education and/or career goals.
      6. Budget for supplies and/or travel, up to $500.
        1. For information regarding travel see the business office website.
      7. Project timeline.
    4. Drop off completed application to the Enrollment Services front desk in Tykeson Hall by 5 pm on the deadline date.


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

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

    Review criteria and process

    • Application scoring rubric can be found here.
    • The review committee will be comprised of two faculty members and an administrator who oversees 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.
    • The total number of projects to be awarded in one fiscal year is 19. While the actual number could vary, approximately ten projects will be funded in July and nine in January.
    • 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.

    QUESTIONS? Contact Dr. Kara Witzke, Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs.