Undergraduate Research Program
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Funding Opportunities

Eligible Students must:

  • Have sophomore status or higher at the time of application
  • Have a UW-W cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher at the time of application.
  • Be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student during project completion
  • Have the project endorsed by a faculty/staff member holding at least a 50% appointment.

The following students are ineligible

  • Students with an active Undergraduate Research award (Fall or Spring grant, SURF, RAP, Research Scholars) in the same academic year
  • Current or upcoming McNair Scholar students

Apply Here: Undergraduate Research Application

All application materials (including the mentor recommendation) are due in the online application portal by 4pm on the following dates.

  • Fall Grant Due: October 1st
  • Spring Grant Due: May 1st

Students submit the following online:

  • A proposal up to 7,000 characters including the following sections:
    • A statement of goals and objectives for the project with a clear research question appropriate for the discipline.
    • An outline of the method or design for carrying out the project including participants, data collection, and analysis procedures (should be the largest section of the proposal).
    • A statement of anticipated significance of results (i.e. briefly describe possible outcomes of the project and why they are likely to be of interest).
    • A brief explanation of the preparedness to undertake the project.
  • A complete timeline using the template below
    • Timeline template (download the template, complete, and then upload to application portal)
    • Include step-by-step actions the student plans to take to meet the goals and objectives and results.
  • Current AAR of the student applicant(s)
  • A complete itemized budget and justification using the template provided below
    • Budget template (download the template, complete, and then upload to application portal)
    • All supplies should be listed with their estimated costs, justification, and web link if applicable
    • Travel costs need to comply with University travel reimbursement requirements.
    • Budget should not exceed the funds of the project. Funds over the $500 limit should have an explanation of where the additional funding is coming from, (e.g. mentor's external grant funds, department funds, personal funds, etc.).

Mentors submit the following online:

  • One page letter endorsing the student and the scholarly merit of the student research project.
  • Current curriculum vitae of the mentor
  • Summary of outcomes of Undergraduate Research Awards sponsored by the same mentor(s) in the preceding two years.

VIDEO: How to Submit Proposal


Projects are reviewed by undergraduate research council members and campus faculty and staff as needed. Projects are scored on the following criteria.

  • Project description is clearly written by the student in her/his own words, well designed and cost-effective.
  • The outlined actions are logically connected to research goals, objectives, and outcomes.
  • Project is realistic for the student's background, the time frame, and the amount of funding.
  • Mentor supports the project and has an appropriate background for supervising the project.
  • Project is likely to result in a paper, creative performance, visual art object, or academic project that can be presented to a professional/peer audience and/or published in a scholarly publication.

All materials purchased with grant funds belong to the University. Funds must be spent following regular University guidelines and within the University's fiscal year.

Permitted expenditures

  • Materials for conducting research project (software, equipment, supplies, etc.)
  • Books (no more than $100.00 per grant)
  • Conference presentation travel
  • Publication fees

Prohibited expenditures

  • Salary/wages for students, mentors, and/or participants

For more information see our Grant Purchasing Page


If awarded a grant, students must:

  • Attend a grant orientation meeting
  • Submit an abstract and present results at the annual UW-Whitewater Undergraduate Research Day Program.
  • Attend a travel orientation meeting
  • Submit an abstract and present work at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) or the University of Wisconsin Symposium on Research and Creative Activities.
  • Complete a web survey at the end of the academic year

If research will entail or entails human or animal subjects, you must hold or obtain approval from the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP). Undergraduate Research Program award funds will not be disbursed to you until you provide the appropriate protocol number from ORSP to URP.

If awarded a grant, mentor must:

  • Provide student with mentorship throughout the research project
  • Provide students with feedback on required abstracts and presentations
  • Complete a web survey at the end of the academic year

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URP information
  • McCutchan Hall, Lower Level
  • Common Office Hours:
  • M-F, 9 A.M. - 5 P.M.
  • Campus E-mail:  urp@uww.edu
  • Campus Phone:  (262) 472-1296
RAP information
  • McCutchan Hall, Lower Level
  • Campus E-mail:  rap@uww.edu
  • Campus Phone:  (262) 472-1484

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