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 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.

Read about the advantages of doing research through the Undergraduate Research Academy in our article in the UCCS Communique.

Funding Possibilities:

The student and faculty member can apply for funding from the Undergraduate Research Academy. Calls typically are announced in the spring for the summer program and at the end of the fall semester for the spring program. each spring and fall to support their research project. Awards cover budget requests for student stipends and project related expense allowances (materials, equipment, or travel). 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 the research team. If for some reason this team dissolves, the remaining award money must be returned to the URA.

Program Requirements:


  • Full-time status - enrolled in a minimum of 12 CH
  • Juniors and seniors - apply during sophomore, junior or senior year
  • An overall grade point average of 3.5 or greater
  • Project and faculty mentor identified
  • Faculty member must have research as a component of their normal expected duties as there is an expectation that the student will assist the faculty with her/his work and that the faculty will submit a publication and/or grant proposal based on the work accomplished

Student Expectations: 

  • Attendance and participation in the ID1020 research seminar during spring term and URA workshops during summer term
  • Poster presentation at CSURF (spring), Mountain Lion Research Day (fall), and the URA’s Undergraduate Research Showcase (fall)
  • Summer project duration is June- August with fall research presentations; Spring project duration is January-May with spring research presentation  (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 URA Mentorship Workshop
    • Attend the research seminars/Help mentee develop seminar presentation during Spring Term
    • Supervise student on creation of research presentations at CSURF, Mountain Lion Research Day, and/or the Undergraduate Research Showcase
    • For more information, see the Mentoring Best Practices document
  • Proposal and/or paper submittal
  • Completion of an exit survey

Questions can be directed to Dr. Anna Kosloski, URA Director at