Undergraduate Research Awards
Update (March 17, 2020): The deadline for SU/FA UGRA student applications has been extended to April 1, 2020. Students should write their proposals as if campus were to be operating normally during the period of your award; if changes to your research plan will later be needed in response to the COVID-19 public health situation, you would work with your research mentor to alter your plans. The UGRA Proposal Workshop that is scheduled for Monday, March 23 will be held via Zoom. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or concerns!
Student application deadline for Summer/Fall 2020: April 1, 2020, 11:59 pm
Undergraduate Research Awards (UGRAs) are $1,000 scholarships provided to undergraduate students pursuing original research or creative projects under the general guidance of a KU faculty member or other approved mentor. UGRAs are awarded to students conducting semester-long independent projects that constitute work that is original and substantive given the standards of the discipline. The UGRAs are not intended, for example, to support trips to workshops or the like; something new has to be discovered or created. Each UGRA proposal must be sponsored by a KU affiliated faculty member or approved mentor who has read and approved the proposal and who agrees to oversee the project. The deadline to apply for an UGRA is in October for spring awards and in March for summer or fall awards.
- Eligibility: Students in any major can apply. To be eligible, you must be a degree-seeking undergraduate student at KU when you receive the award. Students receiving fall or spring awards must be enrolled full-time during the award period. Exceptions to this rule can be made, e.g., when the applicant is studying abroad during the semester or only needs a few more credits to graduate. To request an exception, or if you have questions about your eligibility, contact the Center for Undergraduate Research at email@example.com.
- Selection Criteria: UGRAs are scholarships awarded on the merit of the applicant's proposal as judged by a faculty reviewer, the applicant's preparation (including past grades and courses taken), and a recommendation from a faculty member who is familiar with the applicant and will mentor the proposed project. Reviewers utilize either the Research Project Rubric (.doc) or Creative Project Rubric (.doc) depending on the project type. Applicants will be informed of award decisions by the end of the semester in which they apply.
- Award Dispersal: You will receive your UGRA scholarship through the Financial Aid distribution process. If you owe KU for any charges (e.g. tuition, required campus fees, etc.), this financial aid will be applied towards the amount due. If a credit balance is created within your account, the credit balance will be refunded to you through direct deposit or check. Students receiving need-based financial aid, such as loans, should be aware that this scholarship may alter your loan or other aid amounts. If you have questions about how this award may affect your Financial Aid, please contact the Financial Aid Office and ask to speak with your Financial Aid Counselor, 785-864-4700.