Research Grants

Barnes Program Student Research Grants

Barnes Program Student Research Grants provide business students with funding of up to $2000 to engage in research with a faculty mentor outside of the normal classroom experience. The research may take place in a formal setting such as hourly work as a research assistant or during a 1-hour independent study course. The research may also take place in less formal settings such as a student club activity.

Student research projects may lead to poster or oral presentations by the student at on-and off-campus conferences and papers co-authored by the student and a faculty mentor that may be submitted for publication in a professional/academic outlet.

Examples of acceptable expenditures include online survey panels, experimental subject payments and travel for qualitative (e.g., interviews) or quantitative (e.g., on-site surveys) data collection. Research assistantships are available up to $1000 (100 hours at $10/hour) similar to those funded by the Office of Student Research (OSR). The use of funds is restricted to these and travel expenses related to presenting the research at an external conference [NOTE: students should seek travel funds from OSR first].

Each proposal is evaluated by a Walker College of Business faculty committee. Decisions are based upon the quality of the proposal, dissemination plan and availability of funds. Grants are funded by the Lee Barnes Benefaction for Learning Enhancement and Enrichment.

Students should present their work at a Walker College of Business student research poster session and, if possible, at the Annual Celebration of Student Research and Creative Endeavors at Appalachian. At the completion of the research, faculty mentors are asked to submit a final report explaining how the award was used. Grantees are asked to acknowledge the Barnes Program Student Research Grant on any presentations or publications that result from the research conducted through the grant.

If you would like to apply, click here for the Barnes Program Student Research Grant Application. For more information or questions about this program please send an email to