Applications are closed for 2018.

The student and faculty member can apply for funding from the Undergraduate Research Academy Summer Program to support their research project. For this call, the maximum total award available is $3500. This call is meant to support summer research conducted between June-August 2018. Although the dates of the research program are flexible, students are expected to dedicate ~200 hours towards research over the summer. Students must attend all summer workshops and URA meetings held during the 2018 summer semester.



  • 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, however, preference will be given to student and faculty pairs that have not previously received funding from the Undergraduate Research Academy
  • Mentors must be tenure-track, tenured or research appointment faculty


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 student researcher & mentorship plan
      • Budget & budget justification
      • References
    • Format:
      • Four page maximum- not including references
      • Double-spaced
      • 12 point font
  4. Letter of recommendation for student from someone other than the faculty mentor
  5. Student’s 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_2018_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