Program Overview

The Undergraduate Research Academy encourages students to expand their education beyond the classroom through participation in research and creative projects mentored by UCCS faculty. The Academy objective is to support collaborative efforts between the student and faculty member, where both members benefit from the experience. Academy students act as research assistants on meaningful projects identified by their faculty mentor. Through this yearlong opportunity, the student gains valuable experience, while being paid, and the faculty member's research program goals are furthered. Academy students typically work 10 hours per week during the school year and 20 - 30 hours per week during the summer. Students may identify faculty mentors or vice versa. 

Funding Possibilities:

The student and faculty member can apply for funding from the Undergraduate Research Academy each spring to support their research project. Awards cover budget requests for student stipends and project related expense allowances (materials, equipment, or travel). Preference will be given to applications where the faculty mentor (or appropriate college dean) contributes to the student stipend. The maximum total awards is $7000/year. The review committee may suggest a reduced budget. In that case, the award is subject to the proposer's acceptance of the modified budget. Proposals will be evaluated based on the overall quality of the application submitted and available funding. The awards are made to neither the student nor the faculty mentor but rather to both. If for some reason this team dissolves, the remaining award money must be returned to the URA. Membership is not limited to projects funded by the Academy; all qualified applicants will be invited to participate in our research community.

Program Requirements:

  • Full-time status - enrolled in a minimum of 12 CH
  • Juniors and seniors - apply during sophomore or junior year
  • An overall grade point average of 3.5 or greater 
  • Project and faculty mentor identified
Student Expectations: 
  • Attendance and participation in monthly research seminar (Fall 2015 and Spring 2016)
  • Poster presentation at Mountain Lion Research Day 2016
  • Project duration is June 2015 - May 2016 (exceptions can be made)
  • Completion of an exit survey
Faculty Expectations:
  • Research mentoring
    • Help student achieve clearly defined expectations
    • Weekly or biweekly meetings
    • Attend the Undergraduate Research Assistant Mentoring Panel Discussion
    • For more information, see the Mentoring Best Practices document
  • Proposal and/or paper submittal
  • Completion of an exit survey