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Undergraduate Research Initiative

Eligibility: Majors and combined majors in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities are eligible. Students who receive other funding (e.g., from the Office of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships) for the same projects are eligible for funding only for those expenses not covered by other awards. Students must note in their application if they have applied to other funding sources and notify Laura Green immediately, with a revised budget request, if they have success in securing such funding.

Details of Award:

  • Applications may be for individual or group projects. All applications must identify at least one faculty mentor.
  • Amount awarded will be up to $1500 for individual projects; up to $3000 for group projects.
  • Award may aid any stage of the project.
  • Eligible requests include, but are not restricted to, stipends to support student participation, materials, and supplies, aid in data collection, or dissemination of work.
  • Applicants whose work involves human subjects (e.g., interviews) must consult with the mentor about whether or not to seek IRB review. If IRB review is needed, the proposal must include a timeline for seeking such review, and applicants must submit evidence of IRB approval or exemption before funds will be disbursed.
  • Recipients must submit a brief progress report to Associate Dean Laura Green ( at the end of the eighth week of the first semester of funding and a final report at the conclusion of the student’s participation in the research project.
  • Recipients are strongly encouraged to present their work at an on-campus venue such as the Undergraduate Research Forum or RISE.  


There are three funding cycles: April 15 for funding beginning Summer and Fall semesters; August 15 for funding beginning Fall semester; and November 15 for funding beginning Spring semester.

*The deadline for Fall 2023 has been extended to August 22.

Application Process: Fill out the online application form below. A completed application includes:

  • A faculty sponsor who must be willing to sponsor your research;
  • Brief descriptions of the research project on which you will be working, your contribution, and how the award will help you achieve your academic goals;
  • An itemized budget;
  • Comprehensive resume.

Review Process: All applications will be reviewed by a faculty committee. The committee will be looking for:

  • clearly described research projects, including timelines;
  • well defined student contributions and expected benefits;
  • significant anticipated outcomes;
  • and appropriate and detailed budget rationales.

Decisions will be made within three weeks of the application deadline.