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Funding Opportunities

Research Apprenticeship Program

The Research Apprenticeship Program (RAP) provides eligible students with a paid research opportunity to assist on a faculty/staff mentor-sponsored research project. Students involved in RAP earn an hourly wage for up to 125 hours on the faculty lead research project for one academic year. To get involved in the program, students can apply with a particular faculty/staff member in mind or the Undergraduate Research Program will attempt to match students with a mentor who shares research interests. This program is meant to expose first- or second-year students to the research process through mentored apprenticeship.

Faculty or Staff Researchers who are interested in having a RAP student assist them in a project can express their interest to RAP Mentor Interest Survey. A maximum of three RAP students can be assigned to each mentor in an academic year. RAP mentors can claim up to $300 per RAP student towards eligible research-related expenses and supplies (this is not a stipend).

Eligible RAP Students:

  • Have completed less than 72 credits
  • Can be traditional, non-traditional, transfer, or international students
  • Will be matched and expected to work with a faculty/staff member holding at least a 50% appointment during the apprenticeship
  • Will be prioritized during the matching process if the student obtains faculty/staff endorsement

Preference is given to students who are enrolled full-time on campus and are first degree seekers.

Ineligible Students:

  • Students who have previously participated in RAP

RAP Student Application: Apply Here

The application has a rolling deadline from September 1st until November 15th.

Our office will actively try to match students with mentors during this rolling deadline.

Students must submit the following online:

  • Number of academic credits completed
  • Reason for interest in participating in RAP
  • Description of what you hope to achieve from RAP
  • Description of skills and experiences that serve as assets to RAP
  • Area of interest
  • Major/minor
  • Name of possible mentor (if known)

 

RAP Mentor Application: RAP Mentor Interest Survey

Interested Mentors submit the following online:

  • Department
  • Description of project
  • Number of students requested
  • Names of possible students (if known)
  • Name of other potential mentors

Applications are reviewed by the Undergraduate Research Program staff.

  • Students and mentors that have identified a preference to work together are matched first.
  • Student applicants who have not identified a mentor may be matched with a mentor of similar interest (keep in mind that the matching process takes time).
  • The Undergraduate Research Program staff will send the matched faculty or staff member a request for mentorship that includes the matched student’s application.
  • The mentor will then confirm if they are willing to work with the student.
  • The Undergraduate Research staff will let the student know that a mentor has agreed to work with them.
  • The student will then follow up to schedule a meeting with the mentor.
  • If both the student and mentor are willing to work together, they complete the online obligation form.
  • After the obligation form is completed, the student should arrange an orientation meeting with the RAP coordinator to complete hiring paperwork.
  • If a successfully matched student applied to RAP before the November 15th deadline, RAP orientation must be completed prior to the end of Fall semester.
  • Once the paperwork is completed, students can begin logging hours with their mentor.

Student Hourly Wages:

  • Students involved in RAP earn an hourly wage for up to 125 hours on the faculty-led research project for one academic year.
  • Students can only work a total of 20 hours per week for all student hourly positions at UWW.
  • If the student does not use all 125 hours, they CANNOT carry over the hours into the following academic year.

 

Mentor Research Expenses:

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

Permitted Expenditures:

  • Materials for conducting the research project (software, equipment, supplies, etc.)
  • Books (no more than $100.00 per RAP student)
  • Travel costs for conference presentations (RAP students are marked as co-presenters)
  • Publication fees with RAP students as co-authors

 

Prohibited Expenditures:

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

For more information see our Grant Purchasing Page.


If awarded an apprenticeship, students must:

If awarded an apprentice, mentors must:

  • Complete an obligation form
  • Provide student(s) with mentorship throughout the research project
  • Discuss required RAP training with student(s)
  • Complete a web survey at the end of the academic year

Undergraduate Research Grants

The Undergraduate Research Grants are awarded to students of sophomore status or higher leading a research project endorsed by a faculty or staff member. Recipients of Undergraduate Research Grants will receive up to $500. The grant supports research supplies, travel, and publication costs. Students with funded projects are required to present on campus AND at either the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) or the University of Wisconsin Symposium. In addition to the grant, the Undergraduate Research Program covers the costs (ground travel, lodging, meals, registration, poster printing) of the required conference presentations.

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

Select "Fall Undergraduate Research Grant" at the link and quickly register before filling out your application.

If you need any assistance with the application process, do not hesitate to contact the URP office either at urp@uww.edu or (262) 472-1296.

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

  • Fall Grant is due October 1st
  • Spring Grant is 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 the 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.
  • Student researcher’s current AAR
  • 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 must 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 (i.e. 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’s 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

Projects are reviewed by Undergraduate Research Council members and campus faculty/staff as needed. Projects are scored on the following criteria.

  • Project description is clearly written by the student in their 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 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
  • Furniture

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
  • Complete a web survey at the end of the academic year

 

If research involves 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, mentors must:

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

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program at UWW

The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program is a ten-week mentored summer research grant. Up to 15 fellowships will be awarded with student stipends of $3,500. In addition, students receive up to $500 in funding for supplies, services, and travel expenses. Mentors of selected student research fellows will receive a summer stipend of $2,500. Stipend amounts are taxed.

Eligible Students Must:

  • Have sophomore status or higher at the time of application
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.0 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
  • Students enrolled in course credit for summer research projects

Apply Here: SURF-UWW Application

All application materials (including the mentor recommendation) are due by 4pm on the following date.

  • SURF UWW Grant is due March 1st

 

Students Submit The Following Online:

  • A proposal up to 15,000 characters including the following sections:
    • A statement of goals and objectives for the project with a clear research question appropriate for the discipline.
      • One for the upcoming summer and another for the upcoming academic year.
      • The two sets of goals and objectives should be connected as the summer work should inform the academic year work.
    • 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 the 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 statement of how this research will continue into the academic year and how it aligns into your future career or postgraduate study plans.
  • A complete timeline using the template below
    • Timeline template (download the template, complete, and then upload to application portal)
    • Include step-by-step actions to meet the goals, objectives, and results of the project in both the summer and academic year
  • Student applicant’s current AAR
  • Names of two individuals for letters of recommendation, one of which should be the student’s mentor
  • 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 must 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 (i.e. mentor's external grant funds, department funds, personal funds, etc.)

Mentors Submit The Following Online:

  • One-page letter endorsing the student, the feasibility of the project, the scholarly merit of the research, the mentor's commitment to supervise this project, and the experience of the mentor in supervising student research and/or creative inquiry projects
  • Current curriculum vitae of the mentor
  • Summary of outcomes of Undergraduate Research Awards sponsored by the same mentor(s) in the preceding two years.

 

Second reference submits the following online:

  • Letter of recommendation from any instructor or employer
    • Should address the scholarly merits of this project and the personal or academic background of the applicant

 

NOTE: This page provides information on the SURF UWW program. You may apply to both the SURF UWW and SURF CBR programs, but be aware that each program has different requirements, so be sure to adjust any application materials accordingly.

VIDEO: How to Submit Proposal


Applications will be reviewed by members of the Undergraduate Research Council. The review committee may ask select applicants to provide revised proposals before further evaluations are made. Up to 30 finalists will be invited to a 20-minute interview with the selection committee. The selection committee will evaluate fellowship applications on the following criteria and will also consider representation of different disciplines among the supported summer fellowships.

  • The applicant demonstrates that the project is feasible and has scholarly or creative merit
  • The applicant demonstrates that they will acquire significant new skills or experiences as a result of this project
  • The applicant presents a clear and compelling case for how the fellowship will allow them to continue their undergraduate research during the academic school year and how this summer fellowship will contribute to their career or post-graduate study plans
  • The applicant demonstrates that they can successfully complete the 10-week fellowship
  • The applicant is prepared for the fellowship (coursework, experience, etc.)
  • Letters of support from the applicant's mentor and proposed community partner attest to the merit of this project
  • Mentor letter demonstrates enthusiasm, appropriate experience, and time commitment to supervise this project

Please address any questions to the Undergraduate Research Program at urp@uww.edu.


All materials purchased with grant funds belong to the university. Funds must be spent following 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
  • Furniture

 

Stipends will be taxed. If more than one student is working on the SURF project, the study team will need to provide a plan for how the $3,500 will be distributed among the students.

For more information see our Grant Purchasing Page.


Awarded Students Must:

  • Attend a grant orientation meeting
  • Devote 10 weeks of full-time effort (40 hours per week) to their project
    • If they hold any other employment or take any courses during the period of their fellowship they must submit a separate document by May 15th detailing their summer obligations and how they will fulfill the goals of their fellowship
    • This document must be approved by their project mentor(s) and the director of URP
  • Complete documentation of the summer project throughout the summer and provide the documentation to URP by the end of August or specified deadlines
  • Commit to continuation/extension of their summer projects during the academic year
  • Submit an abstract and present results at both Fall and Spring 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
  • Complete a web survey at the end of the academic year

If research involves 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, Mentors Must:

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

Group Grants

Group Grants are designed to support a group of students working on a mentored research project/scholarly activity with one or more faculty/staff mentor(s). The Group Grants are awards of up to $500 per student working on the project. The grant supports research supplies, travel, and publication costs. At the conclusion of the project, the group MUST be committed to an off-campus presentation/competition to present the work of the group.

The Following Students Are Ineligible:

  • Students who have applied for another Undergraduate Research award (Fall or Spring grant, SURF, RAP, Research Scholars)
  • Students who have received an Undergraduate Research award (Fall or Spring grant, SURF, RAP, Research Scholars)

Apply Here: Group Grant Application

Select "Fall Group Grants" at the link and quickly register before filling out your application.

If you need any assistance with the application process, do not hesitate to contact the URP office either at urp@uww.edu or (262) 472-1296.

All application materials are due by 4pm on the following dates.

  • Fall Group Grant is due October 1st
  • Spring Group Grant is due February 1st

 

Faculty/Staff submit the following online:

  • An application that includes the following:
  • Description of the research project/scholarly activity and its merit
  • Expected number of students involved in the project supported by the Group Grant
  • Presentation/competition event at the conclusion of the project (date, location, and other details as appropriate)
  • Estimated budget of the project
  • Project activities can include student(s) not eligible for a Group Grant but budgetary support cannot be requested for such students
  • URP contribution to this budget is limited to 30% of the total budget, and cannot exceed $500 times the number of students eligible for support (whichever is lower)
  • Budget must include travel for presentation

Projects are reviewed by Undergraduate Research Council members and faculty/staff as needed. Projects are scored on the following criteria.

  • Clearly outlined project with outlined actions logically connected to research goals, objectives, and outcomes
  • Project is realistic given the time frame and the amount of funding
  • Budget follows guidelines and is cost-effective

All materials purchased with grant funds belong to the university. Funds must be spent following 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
  • Furniture

 

For more information see our Grant Purchasing Page.


  • The student research assistant(s) contributes in tangible and significant ways to the faculty research project and is trained in appropriate research skills
  • The group must present at an off-campus presentation/competition/conference
  • Students participating in the Group Grant are encouraged to present the group's research at Spring Undergraduate Research Day

Research Scholars Program

This program seeks to enhance undergraduate research among new and existing faculty/staff by providing up to $300 per semester or $600 per academic year for faculty/staff to hire one or more undergraduate student research assistant(s). Students get the opportunity to collaborate with a faculty member and further their skills in research. Student research assistants are encouraged to present their results at Undergraduate Research Program Day and consider applying for an URP grant to continue the project as appropriate.

  • New or returning mentors (faculty/staff) are eligible
  • Faculty/staff mentors should be actively engaged in a scholarly or creative project
  • Returning mentors must have at least two years without mentor grant involvement with the Undergraduate Research Program excluding Group Grants

Apply Here: Research Scholars Application

Select "Fall Research Scholars Program" at the link and quickly register before filling out your application.

If you need any assistance with the application process, do not hesitate to contact the URP office either at urp@uww.edu or (262) 472-1296.

All application materials are due by 4pm on the following dates.

  • Fall Scholars is due October 1st
  • Spring Scholars is due February 1st

 

Faculty/Staff submit the following online:

  • 1-2 page proposal with the following information:
    • Description of the project for which the research assistant will contribute
    • Details on what tasks the research assistant(s) will undertake and an explanation of how this research opportunity will contribute to the research assistant’s understanding of research methods in the applicant’s field
    • A description of how the research assistant will be recruited
  • If you have already identified a potential undergraduate student to serve as a research assistant you will be prompted to include their demographic information in the online application

Projects are reviewed by the Undergraduate Research Program staff and/or council members as needed. Projects are scored on the following criteria.

  • Application clearly describes the work of the student and relevance to student development
  • The outlined actions are logically connected to research goals, objectives, and outcomes
  • Project is realistic to the time frame, funding amount, and student’s background
  • Project has the potential to lead participating student(s) into future URP grants or student presentations at a future Undergraduate Research Day

  • Each faculty/staff mentor who is awarded a research scholar will select the undergraduate student research assistant, who will be hired through the Undergraduate Research Program
  • The exact terms of employment (i.e. pay rate, number of hours per week, etc.) are to be determined by the mutual agreement between the faculty/staff mentor and the selected student
  • Faculty/staff mentors can decide on a stipend payment to the research assistant(s) or for their pay to be hourly
  • Students do not receive academic credit for being a part of this program
  • All funding must be spent by the third Friday of April
  • Full-year assistantships are only available to Fall term applicants
  • Assistants can be hired through this program for a maximum of one academic year for the entire duration of their college career at UW-Whitewater

  • The student research assistant(s) contributes in tangible and significant ways to the faculty research project and is trained in appropriate research skills
  • For Fall awards, mentors and students are expected to complete a mid-year online survey
  • All recipients are expected to complete an online final survey at the end of the academic year
  • Student Research Assistants are encouraged to present results at Fall Undergraduate Research Day and consider applying for a URP grant to continue the project in the following academic year as appropriate

Travel-Study Grant

The Travel-Study Grant provides funding to all students who are enrolled in an international travel-study course that requires intensive research/scholarly/creative project(s). The grant supports research supplies and group travel costs. The Travel-Study Grant awards up to $500 per student enrolled in the course or 30% of the total budget (whichever is lower). Funds are applied to the group, not individual students. Based on availability of funds and number of qualified applications, the URP Director will determine the final award amount. At the conclusion of the project, the group must be committed to an on-campus presentation and share the results of the research with URP.

Students must be enrolled in an international travel-study course that requires intensive research/scholarly/creative project(s) of all students enrolled, irrespective of their individual URP grant status.


Apply here: Travel-Study Grant Application

Select "Fall Travel Study" at the link and quickly register before filling out your application.

If you need any assistance with the application process, do not hesitate to contact the URP office either at urp@uww.edu or (262) 472-1296.

All application materials are due by 4pm on the following dates.

  • For Spring Semester travel (Jan - May): October 1st
  • For Fall Semester travel (Sept - Dec): February 1st
  • For summer travel (Jun - Aug): Consult with URP Director

 

Faculty/Staff submit the following online:

  • A clear description of the research/scholarly/creative activities that the students are expected to conduct for their projects, the skills they are expected to gain, and how the activities are aligned with the stated course learning goals.
  • An explanation of why such activities must be conducted while traveling abroad as opposed to on campus or over the internet.
  • A course syllabus showing the percentage of the total course grade that counts towards research/scholarly/creative activities.
  • Expected outcomes/artifacts from the research project(s).
  • Potential dissemination opportunities, as well as opportunities to sustain the project(s) beyond the specified travel dates.
  • The CV of the faculty/staff leader and any co-leader(s) highlighting relevant experiences, publications, and qualifications to supervise the proposed international project.
  • Expected number of students involved in the course
    • For courses with travel dates in January, the student names and IDs should also be included with the application.
    • For courses with travel dates in May or later, student names and IDs should be provided to URP in as soon as the final list of registered students is made available.
  • Estimated budget for the trip
    • Budget template (download the template, complete, and then upload to application portal)
    • Equipment or consumables for required course research
    • Group travel expenses (no funds will be allocated to individual students)
    • URP contribution to this budget is limited to 30% of the total budget, and cannot exceed $500 times the number of students eligible for support (whichever is lower)

Projects are reviewed by Undergraduate Research Council members and faculty/staff as needed. Projects are scored on the following criteria.

  • Course clearly requires travel for intensive international research/scholarly/creative project(s)
  • Syllabus clearly outlines rigorous research project(s) and the outlined activities are logically connected to course learning objectives and outcomes
  • Project(s) is realistic given the time frame and the amount of funding
  • Budget follows guidelines and is cost-effective

 

Based on availability of funds and number of qualified applications, the URP Director will determine the final award amount.


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(s) (software, equipment, supplies, etc.)
  • Group travel expenses (group airfare purchased via Fox World Travel, payment to travel vendors, etc.), to bring down the total cost of the travel study course. No funds will be allocated to individual students

 

Prohibited Expenditures:

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

 

For more information see our Grant Purchasing Page.


If awarded, all students enrolled must:

  • Attend a travel orientation meeting
  • Submit a group abstract and present results at Spring UW-Whitewater Undergraduate Research Day
  • 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, faculty/staff must:

  • Provide students 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
  • Submit a summary of outcomes of the travel-study research projects.
  • Provide representative samples of student research/scholarly/creative artifacts for promotion, display, or other purposes

Supplemental Funding Opportunities

A thesis-like capstone project is an in-depth and ambitious project typically conducted in the senior year of a student's college career. Students who are conducting such projects and need additional financial support (i.e. beyond the normal $500 Undergraduate Research Grant budget) are eligible to apply for up to an additional $500 for each grant. However, the student applicant must address in their proposal why the proposed project is equivalent to a thesis project in its scope and/or deliverables and thus, merits special consideration for extra funding. The mentor must also address this issue in their letter of support. Students can only request one such thesis-like supplement in the course of their college career. The thesis or thesis-like project must result in an outcome that is significantly greater than the outcomes expected from regular UR projects. Appropriate documentation(s) for such evidence should be sent to the URP office once the project is completed.


The Discovery Endowment Award supports students who are engaged in course-based research projects. It allows one or more students who are enrolled in Independent Study (Research 498 (R)), Honors Thesis, or a Research Methods course to request up to $500 in approved research-related expenses in addition to the $500 maximum research budget allowed under the Undergraduate Research Grant Program. Student applicants must submit an Undergraduate Research Grant Application following the instructions given on the fifth section of the application, and clearly indicate the interest in applying for this award by checking the appropriate box on the application. All student applicant(s) must also have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above (note this is higher than the minimum GPA requirement of a regular Undergraduate Research Grant) as stipulated by the donor of the award. The itemized budget must provide a clear justification for the need of a larger budget (up to $1,000 instead of $500 total). The letter of support from the mentor must clearly indicate the student applicant(s) is enrolled in 498(R) or a specific Research Methods course during the semester of the grant application. The proposed project can be conducted by either single or multiple student investigators (with one student applicant clearly identified as the lead student investigator). One such award is available per academic year. All rules governing Undergraduate Research Grant projects apply to recipients of the Discovery Endowment Awards. Only one Discovery Endowment Award may be offered per academic year.


Applications are reviewed by the Undergraduate Research Program staff.

This award is for eligible Biology majors conducting Biological Sciences research. Applicants must have at least sophomore standing and maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 or above. A total of six awards are available per academic year, and each award request can be up to $500 in research budget (on top of any other grant budget request). Applicants are selected among eligible and successful undergraduate research proposals that show high quality of research and justification for increased research budget.


QUALIFICATIONS OF CANDIDATES

The candidate must be an accepted registered student at UW-Whitewater and maintain an overall academic GPA of at least 3.0. The candidate may be a sophomore, junior, or senior at the time of application, holding good standing with the university. The candidate must have applied for, and been accepted by, the Undergraduate Research Program. The candidate also needs an approved faculty mentor as part of that program and must be conducting academic research. The candidate should submit a completed application a semester prior to receiving the scholarship.

 

SELECTION OF CANDIDATES

The selection of the candidate(s) will be made by the Director of the Undergraduate Research Program, with input from other appropriate persons with regard to finalist candidates and the criteria below must be adhered to. All candidates must be a native of Wisconsin. After finalist candidates are selected, should there be a candidate from Wautoma (Waushara County), that candidate will receive the scholarship. To be considered as a finalist candidate, student(s) must have a superior research project proposal, provide prior evidence to suggest high-caliber work will be completed, and have a demonstrated passion for research.


Program Goals/Activities

To support and encourage research by our most talented undergraduate researchers, the College of Business and Economics is initiating an Undergraduate Research Travel Grant program. The specific goal of this program is to provide support for students to travel with a faculty mentor to a national, international or (less preferred) regional professional meeting to make a research presentation (either oral or poster). This program is intended to complement the experience students gain by presenting at NCUR through the support of the Undergraduate Research Program. It is particularly suitable for students who have already presented at NCUR.

Eligibility

Up to $800 is available to support travel for each student. There are ten awards in total annually. Support for faculty travel should be requested through the College Professional Development Plan, or funded extramurally. Students enrolled full-time in a College of Business and Economics major are eligible. They must be juniors or seniors and have a UW-Whitewater cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher. Mentors must be College of Business and Economics tenure-track or tenured faculty or academic staff members holding at least a 50% appointment. If there is an excess of grant applications, the following criteria will be considered in awarding travel grants:

  • Student GPA

  • Student interest/success in research (participation in the UW-Whitewater Undergraduate Research Program and work toward a research-based honors thesis are especially relevant here)

  • Faculty history of successful mentoring of research students (including student authorship on publications, student conference presentations or other relevant activities)

  • Distribution of funds among mentors and departments/programs

  • Travel arrangement is cost-effective

Deadline and Application Procedure

Requests will be accepted in each academic year from July 15 to March 15. Faculty must request funds on behalf of student presenters using the form available here. Please also paste copies of the student's unofficial transcript, student's CV, a description of the research project/scholarly activity to be presented (highlighting the student's role), and a brief mentor CV into the Word file containing the form. Email this file as an attachment to the Undergraduate Research Program (urp@uww.edu) as early as possible. When sending the respective email, please insert "CoBE Student Travel Award Application" in the subject line. The Director will make recommendations to the CoBE Dean Dr. John Chenoweth. Awards will be announced by email as soon as possible.
For faculty, all out-of-state travel must receive prior approval from the College. Please use the form provided here and submit it to Dean Dr. John Chenoweth (Hyland Hall 4300B) for approval before out-of-state travel commences.
Applicants should NOT finalize travel arrangements (i.e. purchase plane ticket, register for conference, etc.) before approval.

Reimbursement

Travel must be completed and reimbursement forms submitted by June 20 of the academic year in question. All reimbursements must follow state and UW System guidelines as described by the UW-Whitewater Travel Information Office. All forms must be turned in the Undergraduate Research Program office, McCutchan 12, via hard copy. Please see our FAQ page for additional information: FAQ.


Program Goals/Activities

In order to support and encourage research by our most talented undergraduate researchers, the College of Letters and Sciences is funding the Undergraduate Research Travel Award program. The specific goal of this program is to provide financial support for students to travel with a faculty mentor to a national, international or (less preferred) regional professional conference to formally present their research (as part of either a panel or a poster session). This program is intended to complement the experience students gain by presenting at the National Conference of Undergraduate Research.

Eligibility

Only students enrolled full-time in a College of Letters and Sciences major are eligible. They must be juniors or seniors and have a UW-Whitewater cumulative GPA of at least 2.75. Mentors must be College of Letters and Sciences tenure-track or tenured faculty or academic staff members holding at least a 50% appointment. Students who qualify may request a maximum of $800 to support their registration, travel, and related expenses. A maximum of 10 student awards are available each fiscal year. Support for faculty travel should be requested through the College Professional Development Plan, or funded extramurally. The following criteria will be considered in awarding travel grants:

  • Student GPA

  • Role of student in research project/scholarly activity and presentation

  • Student interest/success in research (participation in the UW-Whitewater Undergraduate Research Program for multiple years and work toward a research-based honors thesis are especially relevant here)

  • Faculty history of successful mentoring of research students (including student authorship on publications, student conference presentations or other relevant activities)

  • Faculty mentor must attend conference with student presenter

  • Only one student per paper/presentation will be funded

  • Distribution of funds among mentors and departments/programs

  • Cost-effectiveness of travel arrangements

Deadline and Application Procedure

Requests will be accepted on a rolling basis, but application materials must be received no later than 90 days before the scheduled conference travel. Following official university policy, ALL travel arrangements must be completed with the Fox World Travel Agency. Therefore, applicants should NOT finalize travel arrangements (i.e. purchase plane tickets, register for conference, etc.) with other vendors as official policy will not allow them to be reimbursed. Should you have any questions about this travel policy, please refer to UW-Whitewater's Financial Services Policies about travel at https://uw.foxworldtravel.com. For general questions, please inquire with the Travel Office by email travel@uww.edu or call 262-472-1331. All airfare must be purchased using the Concur booking tool or by calling Fox World Travel 866-230-8787. PLEASE inquire with the Travel Office with any questions on traveling because if policies are not followed, you WILL NOT BE REIMBURSED.

Faculty mentors must submit the L&S Travel Award application on behalf of their student presenters using the form available here. Please also paste copies of the student's unofficial transcript, student's CV, a description of the research project/scholarly activity to be presented (highlighting the student's role), and a brief mentor CV into the Word file containing the form.  Also, when possible, provide a copy of the preliminary conference program that lists the student's role as a presenter. In special cases, where such documentation is not yet available when applying, an exception may be considered. However, in order to receive the award, such documentation MUST be provided. Please email the complete application file as an attachment, to the Undergraduate Research Program (urp@uww.edu) as early as possible. When sending the respective email, please insert "L&S Student Travel Award Application" in the subject line. The Director will make recommendations to the L&S Associate Dean. Award decisions will be announced by email as soon as possible and awards are available until funds are exhausted.


Reimbursement

Once you have been notified that you are an award recipient, you will need to complete an electronic Travel Authorization form. This must be completed at least two weeks prior to your travel. To learn more about this, go to http://www.uww.edu/adminaffairs/finance/accounting-services/travel and scroll down to How to create a travel authorization. Should you have questions about how to proceed, please work with your mentor who will likely be able to assist. Upon return from your conference, you will need to submit an electronic expense report, also known as an eTER, in order to get fully reimbursed. All eTERs must be submitted no later than June 15th of the academic year in question. All reimbursements must follow state and UW System guidelines as described by the UW-Whitewater Travel Information Office. Please see our FAQ page (http://www.uww.edu/urp/faqs) for additional information.


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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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