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Prepare to Apply

The Center for Undergraduate Research is here to help you prepare a strong UGRA application. 

UGRA Info Session Recording

Watch the Powerpoint presentation with recorded audio below for some tips about preparing a strong application for an Undergraduate Research Award:

View the Powerpoint--play the slideshow and turn your computer speakers on to hear the audio as you advance the slides (Powerpoint file)

Review the student application checklist.

  1. Read all pages of the UGRA website, and be sure to watch the recorded powerpoint above.
  2. If you're just getting started in research, identify a mentor to guide your project.
  3. Talk with your mentor to discuss proposal ideas and review deadlines.  Make sure your mentor knows that they should expect an email from with a link to the reference form after you complete the online application. Show your mentor the "For Mentors" tab on this website to make sure you are both clear about their role in guiding your project.  If your mentor is not a faculty member, direct them to fill out our Research Mentor Designation form. If you're not sure if your mentor is a faculty member, just ask them.
  4. Write a first draft following the proposal guidelines.
  5. Use the rubric available online to evaluate and revise your proposal: Research Project Rubric (.doc) or Creative Project Rubric (.doc)
  6. Ask your mentor to read the draft and suggest revisions (repeat this process). Be sure to provide a copy of the rubric.
  7. If you have any questions as you revise your proposal, sign up for an individual UGRA consultation. 
  8. Make final revisions.
  9. Submit your application>>: fill out the online application form and upload all supporting documents (your proposal and any portfolio documents, if relevant).
  10. Check with your research mentor to make sure they fill out the mentor reference form.  Your mentor will automatically be sent an email with a link to the reference form from AFTER you submit your application, so be sure to get your application in early so your mentor has plenty of time to fill out the reference.


Individual Online UGRA Consultations

Staff with the Center for Undergraduate Research will be available for individual consultations to answer questions and give advice on sections of the proposal that you would like more feedback on.  Sign up for a 15-minute online consultation below; you will need to login to your KU email account.  A link to the meeting will be emailed to you when you sign up:

If these times do not fit your schedule, please email us at with your available times to meet and we can set up an alternate time.

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

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