Undergraduate Research

ELIGIBILITY FOR UW-WHITEWATER URP RESEARCH GRANTS

The deadline for Spring Grant Proposals is March 2nd, 2018 by 3 PM.  Please read the information below before submitting a grant proposal.

Applicants may only apply to one Undergraduate Research Grant/SURF Grant per Academic Year.

Current or upcoming McNair Scholar students are ineligible to apply for an Undergraduate Research Grant.

VIDEO: How to Submit Proposal

Application link found below this page.

APPLICANTS MUST:

  • Be of sophomore status or higher as of Spring 2018.
  • Have a UW-W cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher at the time of application. (Exemptions to the minimum GPA requirement may be granted upon URP approval and mentor support.  The mentor's letter of support must address the rationale for the exemption request.)
  • Have the project endorsed by a faculty/staff member. All tenure-track, tenured faculty or academic staff members (instructional and non-instructional) holding at least a 50% appointment are eligible. Exceptions may be granted on a case-by-case basis for faculty and academic staff with appointments less than 50% with three years or more of University of Wisconsin-Whitewater service. 
  • Be an enrolled full-time student during an undergraduate program for the completion of a project.  Exceptions considered for part time students whose field of study requires the completion of a research or creative project.  Written support of a faculty mentor and the department chair must be provided as part of the grant application; students and mentors interested in this option are strongly encouraged to consult with the URP Director in advance of grant preparation.

  • Student investigator receives no salary/wages from the project.  Books (no more than $100.00 per grant; special justification such as specific titles not available from the library or Interlibrary Loan system needed for larger requests), software, small equipment, and other materials purchased with grant funds belong to the University.  Funds must be expended following regular University guidelines and within the University's fiscal year.
  • Funds may be used for dissemination of project results including conference presentation and publication.  See FAQ page for more information.
  • Use of human subjects or animals in the research must receive approval by the appropriate University committee before ANY URP funds can be disbursed.  See FAQ page for more information .
  • Projects which run beyond or span academic years require special justification.


  • All students whose projects are funded (including those with multiple authors) are expected to submit an abstract to and present their work at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR).  Students may be held financially responsible for costs incurred as a result of a cancellation of a conference presentation.
  • All students whose projects are funded are expected to present their results at the annual UW-Whitewater Undergraduate Research Day Program.
  • Funded students will be asked to fill out a brief web survey.
  • Failure to satisfy these expectations, without satisfactory explanation, will result in ineligibility for undergraduate research funding (for either the student or mentor or both for one year if warranted).


  • Project description is clearly written by the student in her/his own words, well designed and cost-effective.
  • Project is realistic for the student's background, the time frame, and the amount of funding.
  • Faculty supervisors supports the project and has an appropriate background for supervising the project.  Faculty may supervise up to three projects per year.
  • 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.
  • The outlined actions are logically connected to research goals, objectives, and outcomes.

  • HONORS THESIS CAPSTONE PROJECT - ONE AWARD AVAILABLE PER STUDENT

  • 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 his/her 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 his/her letter of support. Students can only  request one such thesis-like supplement in the course of a student's 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.

  • BIOLOGY UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH / GANSER BIOLOGY RESEARCH AWARDS - SIX AWARDS AVAILABLE PER ACADEMIC YEAR

  • Award eligible for Biology majors conducting Biological Sciences research.  Applicants must be at least of 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.

  • Discovery endowment funding opportunity - ONE AWARD AVAILABLE PER ACADEMIC YEAR

  • 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 application(s) 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 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.


If your 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 you do not have a protocol number assigned to your research and need to apply, please be aware that the approval process may last three to four weeks for finalization.  This is especially important when planning travel arrangements. 

Human Research Compliance Policies and Process

Animal Research Compliance Policies and Process


  • The student applicant will be responsible for the complete proposal package which will include the following:

  • 1.    The online UW-Whitewater Undergraduate Research Grant Application Information Page.  Group Proposals (proposals with multiple student investigators and/or multiple mentors) are allowed, but budget constraints will not change.

  • 2.    Current AAR of the student applicant(s).

  • 3.    A proposal up to 7,000 characters (equivalent to a document that is approximately three pages in length, typed, and double spaced). Spaces are counted as part of the 7,000 character limit, and the character usage will appear underneath the essay box once you begin. The proposal will include 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.
  • 4.    A schedule or action plan including step-by-step actions the student plans to take to meet the goals and objectives and results.  Click here for a template.
  • 5.    A complete itemized budget form with an accompanying budget justification on a separate page.  All anticipated supplies should be listed with their estimated costs.  All travel costs need to comply with University travel reimbursement requirements.  (Note that the budget should not exceed the needs of the project, normally up to a maximum of $500/grant or $1000/grant for undergraduate honors thesis research or its equivalent thereof. The thesis or thesis-like project must result in an outcome that is significantly greater than the outcomes).  See FAQ page for more information.  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.).  Limited additional awards of up to $250 are available for projects that require research abroad.  (Special attention should be paid to the budget of larger requests).  Click here for a template.

  • 1.    Letter(s) of endorsement from the faculty supervisor(s) (maximum one page), briefly evaluating the scholarly merit of the student research project. 
  • 2.    Current curriculum vitae of the faculty supervisor (a brief vita of two pages maximum for each applicant, including only relevant experiences, qualifications of the applicant(s) to undertake the project, as well as relevant publications). If multiple mentors are involved, only the curriculum vitae of the the lead mentor is necessary.
  • 3.    Summary of outcomes of Undergraduate Research Awards sponsored by the same mentor(s) in the preceding two years.  This data is for program assessment purposes and will help us to maintain and increase funding for the program.


  • There is no limit to the number of times an applicant may submit a proposal, or receive funding from the Undergraduate Research Grant Program over the course of their college career. However, students can receive no more than one award (Fall Grant Cycle, Spring Grant Cycle, or SURF) per year.
  • Deadline for Fall Grant Proposals: March 2nd, 2018 by 3 PM.  Proposals should be submitted by 3 PM of the due date, including Mentor Recommendations. For more information, see our FAQ page here.
  • VIDEO: How to Submit Proposal
    Spring Undergraduate Research Grant Application

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