The Washington State University Emeritus Society of retired faculty has launched a grant program to encourage innovative research and creativity activity by undergraduates majoring in the arts and humanities. Online applications are due March 15 for students seeking the first two grants of $1,000 each.

“We have long supported students who are engaged in mentored research, and these new grant awards represent our latest effort to encourage undergraduate’s academic pursuits,” said Tom Brigham, Emeritus Society executive secretary.

Students from many majors are eligible. According to the application document on the organization’s website, students could be, for example, “engaged in studying the fine and performing arts; exploring modern and ancient languages, literatures, cultures, philosophy, and history; or examining human culture and expression from defined perspectives in the wide range of related interdisciplinary programs at WSU.”

Brigham said, “These grants are available to students at any stage of project development, up to and including final presentation.”

Brigham said the new grants should not be confused with $500 annual awards often given to applicants presenting in several categories of the annual Showcase for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (SURCA). The new grants are separate from those, he said.

Arts and humanities students interested in applying for the new grant award should visit the Emeritus Society website to read about qualifications, procedures, and materials, then go to the grant application page and select to apply for the “Emeritus Society Grant in Arts and Humanities.”

Questions about the new grants should be directed to the email emeritussociety@wsu.edu, or a message can be left at 509-335-8090.