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Undergraduate Research Grants
Grants are available only for academic undergraduate research projects taken for Armstrong class credit. These grants are not to be used to replace departmental budget responsibilities for typical classroom work and cannot be used to purchase computer equipment. You are expected to consult with your research mentor (the instructor of your course) for help in completing this application. All expenses must be accompanied by receipts which should not include sales tax. Each student can download the tax exempt form from the Purchasing website.
Proposal and Budget
Please provide a 250 WORD PROPOSAL of your research or creative project. Work with your mentor to ensure that the proposal appropriately conveys the kind of work you will be doing this semester and why this grant money will facilitate undergraduate research. If you are traveling to a conference, please include all relevant details (title of conference, dates, and location) and the type of presentation you are making. Also include how you plan to present your research at Armstrong's Student Scholars Symposium. As best you can, follow the conventions that a professional scholar in your discipline would use to write the proposal. Also include a detailed budget that identifies how you will spend the funds allowed for your project. ($200 per individual researcher) For travel, include shared expenses where possible. Please be sure to examine our model applications in the right hand column.
What is Refundable?
- individual costs associated with traveling to a conference to present student-created work
- supplies needed to present undergraduate research projects at an academic conference (including the Armstrong Student Scholars Symposium) and poster printing fees
- supplies needed to complete an undergraduate research project
- subscriptions, memberships, and fees paid to institutions to complete research (online or in person)
What is Not Refundable?
- travel expenses already covered by the department sponsoring student conference attendance (i.e. – you cannot get reimbursed twice for the same expenses)
- costs of meals or parking while conducting research or while attending conferences.
- costs of computer software
- wear & tear reimbursement for car travel
Other Grants Available
- Social Science Grants: The Social Science Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) is offering a limited number of travel grants, up to $200 each, for undergraduate students presenting the results of research that they have conducted at a regional or national, discipline-specific meeting during the academic year 2014-2015. Award recipients are required to acknowledge CUR for support of their travel in their talk or poster. After the meeting, a brief report about the experience is expected. Minority students are encouraged to apply.
- Biology Grants: The Biology Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research is offering a limited number of travel grants, up to $250 each, for undergraduate students presenting original research results at a regional or national, discipline-specific meeting during the fiscal year 2014-2015. Award recipients are required to acknowledge CUR for support of their travel in their talk or poster, to complete a short evaluation form about their meeting experience and to submit a PDF file of their poster. Minority students are encouraged to apply.
The Council of Undergraduate Research offers matching grants of $200-250 for biology and social science student grant recipients.