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Currently, URSCI offers these initiatives:

Undergraduate Summer Scholar Program (USSP)

  • Awards between $2000 to $3,000 to qualified undergraduates to complete an independent research project during the summer under the supervision of a faculty mentor.
  •  Applications will be accepted starting March 10. The deadline for applications for Summer 2023 is April 3, 2023. 

Learn more about current and past summer scholars.

Undergraduate Research Assistant Program (URAP)

  • Awards up to $1,800 per semester to undergraduate students who work as research assistants for a faculty member.
  • The deadline to apply for
    • Spring 2023 is December 1, 2022
    • Summer 2023 is April 3
    • Fall 2023 is August 21
  • Faculty can apply for consecutive semesters of assistance.

Undergraduate Research Support Awards (URSA)

  • Provides undergraduates with up to $500 for supplies, equipment or travel costs associated with a research project.
  • URSA applications are considered on an ongoing basis from September 1 through May 1. Monies are awarded until funds are depleted.

Research for Course Credit

  • All departments can grant course credit for completed department-approved projects.

Special Opportunity Awards

  • These awards provide support for student driven projects and initiatives that do not fit the narrative of the previous grants. Contact the URSCI Director Irina Calin-Jageman directly at to set up a consultation about whether a certain project or initiative can be funded through this award. Funds are typically limited to $1500 per project.