Fund Your Research2018-10-27T04:16:10+00:00
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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.

Projects can have budgets of up to $2,000. A portion of the funding comes from the Office of Research and Graduate Studies, while the student’s sponsoring academic department must provide matching support. While no match is required for the first $500, for every dollar of the total budget above $500 (to a maximum of $2,000 of total budget), a 1:1 match is required. Thus, RGS will be responsible for $500 + 50% of the remaining budget up to $2,000. This is a maximum of $1,250 from RGS, per grant. The match must come from a university source. The departmental or college matching support may be in funds or “in-kind” support.

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

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