PDRF Responsibilities

  • Make satisfactory progress toward the degree
  • Support graduate and undergraduate research by engaging in research-related department, college and university events
  • Submit detailed research progress report to the faculty mentor each year
  • Complete the graduate student grant-writing workshop within the first year of study
  • Apply for external support (e.g., NSF, NH grants), if available, within the first few years of study
  • Complete USU’s Research Scholars Certification Program
  • Obtain at least one semester of teaching experience
  • Serve as an ambassador for the program

Eligibility Requirements

  • GRE score above the 70th percentile
  • Cumulative 3.5 GPA or higher
  • Additional department-specific requirements
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Benefits

Tuition Award

Receive at least $20,000 per year

Tuition Award

PDRF tuition awards cover 100% of tuition costs for four years. The first year, the award will cover the non-resident portion of tuition.

Annual Stipend

Have tuition covered for four years

Annual Stipend

PDRFs receive a four-year fellowship with an annual stipend of at least $20,000. Individual departments or colleges may supplement the stipend.

Central Support

Work one-on-one with a vice president for research

Central Support

PDRFs and their faculty mentors will meet with Dr. Scott Bates annually to discuss the fellow’s program experiences, needs and challenges.

Special Guest Luncheons

Meet exceptional campus visitors

Special Guest Luncheons

PDRFs often participate in exclusive lunches with special guests to campus. Past guests have included NPR’s Joe Palca and NSF’s Doug Levy.

Grant-Writing Workshop

Learn from the experts

Grant-Writing Workshop

PDRFs have a reserved spot in USU’s intensive grant-writing workshop, taught by the highly reputable external company, Grant Writers’ Seminars & Workshops, LLC.

GrTS

Engage in professional development

GrTS

The Graduate Training Series (GrTS) provides professional development training for graduate students at USU. This training is invaluable in a competitive academic market.

Student Research Symposium

Present your research

Student Research Symposium

The annual Student Research Symposium, held during Research Week, celebrates both graduate and undergraduate research at USU.

Graduate Student Travel Award

Attend conferences

Graduate Student Travel Award

The RGS Graduate Student Travel Award partially funds travel costs associated with professional presentations at regional, national and international conferences.

Research Scholars Certification

Be a responsible researcher

Research Scholars Certification

The Research Scholars Certificate provides an introduction to researchers on their responsibilities related to proper research conduct.