One of the “Marks of Excellence” of UW-Eau Claire is its emphasis on student participation in scholarly and creative activity.
Listed below are several grant opportunities available to help undergraduate students participate in scholarly and creative endeavors. There are internal grant programs, available through Center of Excellence for Faculty and Undergraduate Student Research Collaboration, many of which are funded by the Blugold Commitment Differential Tuition program. These support student research time and materials, as well as travel to present research results. Scholarship opportunities are also available. There are external opportunities for summer internships and research, as well.
Remember, you can satisfy Liberal Education Outcome Skill 3: Create original work, perform original work, or interpret the work of others through a research project.
Skill 3: Create, Perform, Interpret
Students may satisfy their Liberal Education requirement for Skill 3: Create original work, perform original work, or interpret the work of others through a non-credit research experience. An in-depth research project, mentored by a faculty scholar, provides the opportunity for a student to demonstrate originality and to demonstrate facility with discipline-appropriate techniques used in scholarly work.
The procedure is as follows:
- In BP Logix, select "Start New Form," and start the "Student Application S3 Achievement" form to alert ORSP that you plan to request that your research experience "count" for Liberal Education Skill 3.
- In the semester that you tell us you will be completing the project, we will send your faculty mentor another form to assess your achievement of the S3 outcomes.
- Assuming your mentor indicates through that form that you have met the benchmarks for achieving competency in Liberal Education Skill 3: Create original work, perform original work, or interpret the work of others, ORSP will alert the Registrar's office to the fact that you have completed that requirement.
If you wait until the last minute before graduation, it may be impossible to process this in time!
Internal Grants + Scholarships
Students may work with a faculty member to apply for any of the following grant opportunities. The Center for Writing Excellence, with locations in Centennial Hall (Centennial 2104) and McIntyre Library (2003A McIntyre Library), can help at any stage of your writing process, from brainstorming your project and outlining your structure to organizing your argument and polishing your claims.
Work on a project over the summer
- Receive a stipend of up to $2,300 through the Summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates program, and up to $600 to spend on research expenses. Deadline in February.
Work on a project during the academic year
- Receive a stipend of up to $2000 through the Faculty/Student ResearchCollaboration program, and up to $600 to spend on research expenses. (deadlines in July, September and, if funds remain, February)
- Receive a stipend of up to $2000 through the Diversity Mentoring program, and up to $500 to spend on research expenses. This program is designed to enhance engagement of low-income students and students of color in faculty/student undergraduate research collaboration. (deadline open)
Present the results of your project
- In addition to presenting at the UW-Eau Claire Celebration of Excellence in Research and Creative Activity (CERCA), you can apply up to two times a year to help fund travel to present at a professional conference. You may receive up to $700 for the first trip, and a total of $1000 for the year. (deadline open)
Apply for a scholarship
- There are specialized scholarship opportunities for student researchers, the Kell Container Corporation Scholarship for Faculty/Student Collaborative Research and the James R. Larson & Vicki Lord Larson Undergraduate Research Fellowships. There are five Larson Fellowships, one each for the College of Business, College of Nursing and Human Sciences, College of Education and Human Sciences, and two for the College of Arts and Sciences - one for sciences and one for non-sciences.
TIP: Many professional societies offer travel funds for students (e.g., reduced conference registration fees). The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) also provides travel and research support in some disciplines. Check the conference/society website or contact ORSP for assistance.
|Program (See individual pages for details)||
Proposal Submission Date (See individual pages for exact dates)
|Student-Faculty Research Collaboration||
July (first call)
September (second call)
February (if funds remain)
|Summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates||February|
|Diversity Mentoring Program||Open|
|Kell Container Corporation Scholarship for Faculty/Student Collaborative Research||March|
|James R. Larson and Vicki Lord Larson Undergraduate Research Fellowship||March|
|CERCA or Student Research Day||
March (abstract due)
|Student Travel for the Presentation of Research Results||Open|
Internships and External Grants
Internship programs span a range of disciplines, including business, health, humanities, education, and STEM. For summer internships, most deadlines run from late Jan. to early Mar.; see program website for specific due dates.
- American Institute for Economic Research: Offers a Summer Fellowship Program that provides intensive training in economics. Visiting staff and research fellows expose students to research that is unlikely to reach mainstream classrooms via the conventional textbook route. Find more information here
- American Museum of Natural History: Anthropology Internships: Offers internships for students interested in anthropology, museums, or related fields. Find more information here
- Amgen Scholars: Supports participation in university research projects at one of 10 universities, including Stanford, UC Berkeley, and University of Washington.
- Department of Commerce: Offers opportunities for hands-on education and training related to many fields of interest, including business; life, health, and medical sciences; communications and graphic design; mathematics; computer science; physical sciences. More info at https://careers.state.gov/intern/student-internships/.
- Department of Energy: Scholars Program provides summer internships to undergraduates and graduate students. Majors accepted include engineering; physical sciences; environmental sciences; computer science and information technology; physics; program management; math; statistics; safety and health; accounting and finance; law; and other related discipline areas. More info at http://orise.orau.gov/doescholars/ and https://www.energy.gov/jobs/careers/students-recent-graduates.
- Energy Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship Program: provides students with an opportunity to gain and develop research skills with the Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy for 10 weeks over the summer. More info at http://orise.orau.gov/mlef/
- Department of Homeland Security: Sponsors a 10-week summer internship program for rising juniors and seniors majoring in homeland security related science, technology, engineering and mathematics (HS-STEM) disciplines. More info at http://www.dhs.gov/homeland-security-careers/students.
- Dow Jones Newspaper Fund: Supports summer internships in editing and reporting. Program provides free pre-internship training seminars on college campuses and weekly salaries. Interns who return to college full-time the following fall receive $1,000 scholarships from the fund.
- German Academic Exchange Service: Offers 2-3 month summer internships in Germany for research in biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences, and engineering.
- Keck Geology Consortium: Includes 4 weeks of summer research, continuing research during the academic year, attendance at the annual Keck Geology Consortium Symposium, and a publication in the annual Keck Geology Consortium proceedings volume.
- SURF Undergraduate Research Fellowships: Provides a ten-week summer internship in research laboratories at California Institute of Technology. Underrepresented students are encouraged to apply.
- NanoJapan - International Research Experiences for Undergraduates: Provides summer research opportunities in Japanese university laboratories with Japanese mentors focused on the study of THz dynamics of nano structures.
- National Aeronautics and Space Administration: Provides access to all agency-wide internship/fellowship opportunities for students pursuing degrees in STEM fields. More info at http://www.nasa.gov/centers/ames/education/internships/#.Vfmrb5cpV_A.
- National Institute of Standards and Technology: Invites undergraduate students to apply for the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program at one of the six NIST laboratories in Gaithersburg, MD: Material Measurement Laboratory, Physical Measurement Laboratory, Engineering Laboratory, Information Technology Laboratory, Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology, NIST Center for Neutron Research.
NOTE: This proposal must be submitted by the University, through ORSP. More info at http://www.nist.gov/surfgaithersburg/welcome1.cfm.
- National Institutes of Health: Offers an opportunity to spend a summer working at the NIH side-by-side with some of the leading scientists in the world in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research. More info at https://www.training.nih.gov/programs/sip.
- National Science Foundation: Supports active research participation by undergraduate students through the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program. NSF provides a searchable database, listing active REU programs. More info at http://www.nsf.gov/od/oia/activities/interns/.
- Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE): Seeks summer fellows to focus on public health issues related to the environment. Sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH), and Division of Laboratory Sciences (DLS). Current undergraduate and graduate students majoring in applied sciences that have completed three years of major coursework may apply.
- Oak Ridge National Laboratory: Offers a variety of summer research programs in STEM areas related to energy.
- The Pine Integrated Network: The Education, Mitigation and Adaptation Project (PINEMAP) Undergraduate Fellowship Program provides undergraduate fellows from across the United States with a research experience under a graduate student, post-doc, or research staff mentor and prepares them to successfully deliver secondary school science or social studies lessons based on summer research. More info at http://www.pinemap.org/education/undergraduate
- Rutgers University - Research in Science and Engineering (RiSE): Invites sophomores, juniors, and non-graduating seniors with strong academic credentials, a passion for research, and an interest in graduate school to participate in a 10-week summer research program.
- Smithsonian Institute: Offers internship opportunities across many Smithsonian museums/centers, including Astrophysical Observatory, Center for Education and Museum Studies, Environmental Research Center, National Air and Space Museum, National Museum of the American Indian, and Smithsonian Gardens. More info at http://www.smithsonianofi.com/.
- University of Central Florida - Preparing Future Researcher: Offers summer research experiences to help prepare for graduate school in the following disciplines: Chemistry, Criminal Justice, Security Studies, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Optics and Photonics.
- University of Missouri: Offers a variety of summer programs, including cell and molecular biology, animal sciences, and computational neuroscience. More info at http://www.undergradresearch.missouri.edu/programs-jobs/programs/index.php
- U.S. Department of State: Offers intensive summer language institutes in thirteen critical foreign languages. More info at http://www.clscholarship.org/.
- WAVE Fellows Program: Provides support for talented undergraduates intent on pursuing a Ph.D. to conduct a 10-week summer research project at Caltech. The program is extended, but not limited, to underrepresented minorities, women, first-generation college students, geographically underrepresented students, and educationally and financially disadvantaged students.
See program website for specific due dates. For many applications, you must work with a faculty mentor to complete. Contact ORSP for assistance.
- Council on Undergraduate Research - Biology Division: Up to $250 each, for junior or senior undergraduate students presenting original research results at a regional or national, discipline-specific meeting during the fiscal year.
- Council on Undergraduate Research - Social Science Division: Up to $200 each, for junior and senior undergraduate students presenting the results of research that they have conducted at a regional or national, discipline-specific meeting during the fiscal year.
See program website for specific due dates. For many applications, you must work with a faculty mentor to complete. Contact ORSP for assistance.
- Active Minds Emerging Scholars: Provides an opportunity for students to complete independent mental health projects and be connected with a network of young scholars and national experts in the field of behavioral health. More info at https://www.activeminds.org/programs/emerging-scholars-fellowship/
- Council on Undergraduate Research - Psychology Division: Furthers the goals of Psi Chi by providing funds for undergraduate Psi Chi members to conduct summer research under the supervision of faculty. Awards include a $3,500 student stipend and a $1,500 faculty mentor stipend. More info at http://www.cur.org/governance/divisions/psychology/.
- Sigma Xi - Grants-in-Aid of Research: Supports student scientific investigation in any field. Awards are up to $1,000. More info at https://www.sigmaxi.org/programs/grants-in-aid.
Interested in Applying to Graduate Schools?
The Council on Undergraduate Research hosts a Registry of Undergraduate Researchers. The purpose of this registry is to facilitate matchmaking between undergraduates who have research experience and a desire to pursue an advanced degree, with graduate schools seeking high quality students who are well prepared for research. All you need to do is fill out a simple curriculum vitae form and Graduate Schools will be informed of your interest.