Initiated by the Dick Summerlee ’69 family and supported by the Alumni Advisory Board of the Woltemade Center, The Norman Leonard Endowed Student Research Grant supports student-faculty collaborative research. The purpose of the grant is to provide a tangible reward to students who possess a motivation for learning, a talent for the application of learning, and the ability to demonstrate accomplishment in a faculty-supervised project beyond standard class work. The award is for $2,000 and multiple grants may be given in any one year.

To qualify for the award:

  • A student must be a declared major in Economics,  Management Economics, Finance Economics, Accounting, or International Business.
  • Applications must be jointly submitted by a student and faculty member.
  • Students may only submit one application.

A complete application will include:

  • the student’s unofficial transcript
  • a 2-3 page research proposal addressing the following points:
    • the proposed research topic
    • the proposed time line of the research project
    • the proposed methodology of the research project
    • the expected research outcome (e.g., paper, database, presentation)
  • a mini-literature review of the proposed topic
  • a student statement about the student’s motivation for this project and how the project fits within the student’s course of study
  • a brief comment from the collaborating faculty member (confidential – for review committee only)
  • dated signatures from both the student and the collaborating faculty member

Ohio Wesleyan is grateful to the Summerlee family for honoring the late Dr. Norman Leonard, who served the economics department for 33 years, in a way that perpetuates his passion for excellence in combining theory and practice.