Funding Opportunities for Students

Grant opportunities available

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 their scholarly and creative endeavors. There are many internal grant programs, available through Center of Excellence in Faculty and Undergraduate Research Collaboration., as well as external grant opportunities for summer internships, research, and travel. Scholarship opportunities are also available.

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.

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:

Work on a project over the summer
Work on a project during the academic year
  • Receive a stipend of up to $2100 through the Faculty/Student ResearchCollaboration program, and up to $700 to spend on research expenses. (deadlines in July, September and, if funds remain, February)
  • Receive an award of up to $2000 through the Diversity Mentoring program. This program is designed to enhance engagement of low-income students and students of color in faculty/student undergraduate research collaboration. At least three-quarters of the award will be used for student stipends and remaining funds may be spent on research expenses. (deadline open)
Present the results of your project
Apply for a scholarship

TIP: Many professional societies offer travel funds for students (e.g., reduced conference registration fees). Check the conference/society website or contact ORSP for assistance.

Program (See individual pages for details) Proposal Submission Date
Faculty/Student Research Collaboration

July 16, 2018 (first call)
Sept 27, 2018 (second call)

Diversity Mentoring Program Open
Kell Container Corporation Scholarship for Faculty/Student Collaborative Research April 2, 2019
James R. Larson and Vicki Lord Larson Undergraduate Research Fellowship April 2, 2019
Summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates February 2019
CERCA or Student Research Day March (abstract due)
April-May (event)
Student Travel for the Presentation of Research Results Open

 

Internships and External Grants

Internships

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. More info at http://www.aier.org/fellowships/student-fellowship/how-to-apply
  • American Museum of Natural History: Anthropology Internships: Offers internships for students interested in anthropology, museums, or related fields. More info at http://research.amnh.org/anthropology/about/internship
  • Amgen Scholars: Supports participation in university research projects at one of 10 universities, including Stanford, UC Berkeley, and University of Washington. 
  • Carnegie Institution of Washington: Supports 10-week summer internships to conduct individual research projects with guidance from laboratory staff. Eligible research areas include Planetary Geology, Astronomy, Mineral Physics, Biogeochemistry, and Geochemistry. More info at https://www.gl.ciw.edu/static/groups/summerscholars/about.html
  • 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://www.commerce.gov/page/internships-department-commerce.
  • 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 http://energy.gov/student-programs-and-internships.
  • 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. More info at http://www.daad.de/rise/en/
  • 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. More info at http://keckgeology.org/studentappprocess10
  • MURF 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. More info at http://nanojapan.rice.edu/educationOutreach_nanojapan_ireu.shtml
  • 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. More info at http://orise.orau.gov/cdc
  • 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.

Travel Grants

See program website for specific due dates. For many applications, you must work with a faculty mentor to complete. Contact ORSP for assistance.

Research Grants

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 http://scholars.activeminds.org/index.php.
  • 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.

Registry of Undergraduate Researchers

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