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Expectations of UGRA Recipients:

1) Undergraduate Research Contract: Recipients of the UGRAs are expected to devote considerable time during this award period to carrying out the research proposed in their application.  Because research is different in each discipline, we rely on the student and mentor to agree on the time commitment and progress that is appropriate for an UGRA project.  To receive the award, each student and their mentor are required to work together to complete an Undergraduate Research Contract.  This Contract will clearly delineate the expectations that the student and mentor have of one another and will include a list of milestones and their anticipated completion date. Research Contracts are filled out at the beginning of the award period and revisited at the end of the semester.

2) UGRA Check-in meeting: Center staff will contact UGRA recipients during the award period with times for a required check-in meeting.  At these meetings, UGRA recipients will update each other on the progress of their projects and reflect on what they have learned through the process. 

3) Presentation of projects (starting with Summer/Fall 2020 UGRA recipients): UGRA recipients are required to present the results of their research and creative project on KU's campus within one year of receiving their award.  Presentations must be on KU's campus or in the Lawrence area, such as the Summer or Fall Poster Sessions or the spring Undergraduate Research Symposium sponsored by the Center for Undergraduate Research, a departmental presentation or event, or an art show at a local gallery.  Exceptions to the presentation requirement can be made, such as when presenting a project could create patent issues, conflict with larger research collaborations, etc.

4) If relevant, students should complete the following:

  • Student International Travel Registry: Students traveling abroad to conduct research are required to register through the Study Abroad & Global Engagement regardless of whether they are enrolled in course credit. For more information, visit Study Abroad & Global Engagement's webpage about the Travel Registry>>.
  • Human Subjects Committee Lawrence (HSCL) approval: Students completing research with human subjects must obtain approval of their project via the Human Subjects Committee of Lawrence (HSCL) prior to beginning their work with human subjects.  For more information, visit the HSCL website, call phone785-864-7429 (ext. #1), or email
  • Environmental, Health, and Safety Blackboard courses (Lab Safety 101, Art Safety 101, etc): Instructions for enrollment are available on the EHS website.

UGRA Quick Links

To apply:

  • Student Application Deadline: March 25, 2021, 11:59 PM; UGRA Student Application Form>>
  • Mentor Reference Deadline: March 29, 2021, 11:59 PM; mentor will be emailed link to reference form when student fills out UGRA application

For award recipients:

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