Fund Your Research

There are many opportunities to help you obtain the resources and funding you need to conduct your research as an undergraduate.  These grants and funds are awarded to student researchers to fund things such as materials and travel costs.

The Undergraduate Research and Creative Opportunities (URCO) Grant Program, funded by the Office of Research and Graduate Studies, was established in 1975 to support worthy independent student projects. In the summer of 2013, the program was expanded to include the summer term and allow salary to be included in budgets. In the summer of 2014, the summer program was unified, and the URCO programs’ scope and budget were expanded.

This grant requires a match from another university unit, such as your department. For the scholarship portion of the grant ($1000), this is a 25% match, or $250 for individual applicants, and for a group application by up to four students ($500 each), it is $125 each. For the research expenses portion of the grant (up to $1000 per project), the match is 50%, or up to $500. Talk to your mentor about sources of matching funds, whether from a grant, a PI, a department, or your college.

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The Research Opportunities through Work Study (ROWS) program, a collaboration between Career Services and the Office of Research, began in 2019. The ROWS Program pairs Federal Work Study eligible students with research assistantships. The faculty mentors come from diverse departments and colleges, and their projects range from the arts and humanities to education, engineering, and basic and applied sciences. These paid research assistantships help students get involved in research when they cannot financially afford to devote so much time to research. ROWS also provides these students with some workshops to help them gain professional skills.

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The Honors Research Fund is designed to give Honors students access to direct funding for activities that will academically enhance their undergraduate experience. Students may apply for awards up to $500, and applications will be considered on a rolling basis during the academic year only. Only active Honors students on track to graduate with Honors are eligible to apply.

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These are one-semester, $1,000 grants ($750 CoS; $250 dept.) that are designed to encourage students to become involved in their first mentored research experience. The CoS funds are awarded directly to the student. The departmental funds are either awarded to the student (Math & Stat and Physics) or are used as a supply budget for the project (Biology, Chem & Biochem, Geology).

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The Engineering Undergraduate Research Program (EURP) is designed to involve outstanding undergraduate students in research projects and encourage students to consider graduate school. Students selected for the program are paid a minimum of $1,500 a semester for up to three semesters and are expected to work at least 10 hours per week, present research results at a professional venue, and apply for the “Undergraduate Research Scholar” designation on their transcripts.

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This fellowship program will support up to six Caine College of the Arts (CCA) majors (graduate and undergraduate) to engage in creative or scholarly research projects mentored by a faculty member over a period of 8-10 weeks during the summer.

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The Office of Research provides funds to support student travel to present research at conferences. You may request $200 for a regional conference, $300 for a national conference, or $400 for an international conference. These funds must be matched by another university unit, such as your PI, your department, or your college. Apply early, as these funds are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

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The purpose of the Academic Opportunity Fund (AOF) is to provide financial support to undergraduate students who have been accepted to or invited by a reputable organization to present a scholastic achievement, or to participate in an academic competition.

The CCA uses some of its Differential Tuition funding to support student projects and travel related to independent research and creative activity.

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Visit the RGS Research Development website for more undergraduate research funding opportunities.

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