Academic Year

Applications are due by 5 PM on September 30th, 2016. 

The student and faculty member can apply for funding from the Undergraduate Research Academy during each call for proposals to support their research project. For this call, the maximum total award available is $2500. Awards cover budget requests for student pay, project related supplies, travel, or a faculty honorarium. Students will be paid $9/hr. The majority of the budget must go directly to the student, therefore a maximum of $1000 can be used for expenses other than student pay. Additionally, if a portion of that $1000 will be used for a faculty honorarium, it is limited to $500. 



  • Juniors and seniors 
  • An overall grade point average of 3.5 or above
  • Project and faculty mentor identified
  • Previous URA mentees in good standing are eligible to reapply
  • Mentors must be faculty with a TT or research appointment

Application Instructions:

  1.  Application form -to be prepared by the student 
  2. Personal statement - to be prepared by the student
    • Please explain:
      • Who you are
      • Why you want to work on this particular research project
      • How you expect this experience to impact your education and career goals
    • Format:
      • One page
      • Double-spaced
      • 12 point font
  3. Research proposal - to be prepared by the faculty mentor
    • Content:
      • Project Description: describe the proposed research so an intelligent layperson could understand.
      • Role of research assistant & mentorship plan
      • Budget & budget justification - indicate matching funds, if any, here
      • References
    • Format:
      • Four page maximum - not including references
      • Double-spaced
      • 12 point font
  4. Letter of recommendation prepared by someone other than the faculty mentor. Letter should be sent directly to Dr. Killian from the letter writer.
  5. Unofficial transcript

Application submission: 

  • The application, personal statement, research proposal, and unofficial transcript should be submitted electronically as a single document in pdf format to Please name the document URA_2016_studentlastname.pdf.
  • The recommendation letter should be emailed by the reference to by the application deadline.  


Review Criteria: Proposals will be evaluated based on the overall quality of the application submitted and available funding. Keep in mind that reviewers come from a variety of disciplines and the proposal should be tailored to a broad audience. Awards are competitive; thus, all submitted materials should be polished, as would be expected for an external grant application. The applications are scored based on the following criteria:

  • Quality of the student applicant
  • Quality of the mentorship plan
  • Quality of the project
  • The impact of the project on the student's and mentor's careers