Division of Academic Affairs
Undergraduate students are encouraged to apply for an Undergraduate Research Grant administered by the Division of Research & Graduate Studies in collaboration with Associated Students, Inc. (ASI). Students are able to apply for funding each spring semester for the following academic year. These grants provide up to $1,000 in financial support to undergraduate students who work closely with a faculty member to conduct research, engage in field studies, create projects in their discipline, or participate in similar scholarly/creative activities. Students are encouraged to design their own projects but may also work on a professor's project. Either way, students must work closely with a faculty mentor to prepare and successfully complete an Undergraduate Research Grant application by the scheduled deadline.
Undergraduate Research Grant Application - Closed
For 2019-20 Award: Closed (student & faculty)
Example Undergraduate Research Grant Application (pdf) - Student
Example Undergraduate Research Grant Application (pdf) - Faculty
**For questions or issues regarding the application, please call the Division of Research and Graduate Studies at 559-278-2448 and ask for Rodrigo Gomez. You can also email at firstname.lastname@example.org.**
Important Undergraduate Research Program Information:
Benefits of participating in the Undergraduate Research Grant Program|
In addition to building a relationship with a faculty mentor and gaining valuable experience, students may get a jump on preparing for graduate school or their career, publish or present their work and establish contacts which will improve their prospects for success. The funding can defray the costs associated with working on a project. However, since any part of the grant taken as a student assistant payment ($500 max.) is considered income, it could affect financial aid. You can check with the Financial Aid office (559) 278-2182 for more information.
Undergraduate Research Grant Eligibility|
(funds for the 2019-20 academic year)
Faculty Mentor Eligibility & Information|
Finding a faculty mentor: Talk to your instructors and your adviser about the activities in which they will be involved. Share your interests with them. Ask them for suggestions of faculty who may have similar interests. Use the University Experts website.
Selection of Undergraduate Research Grant Recipients|
Research proposals are reviewed by a specifically designated committee from the Division of Research & Graduate Studies - Sponsored Programs and Associated Students, Inc. Each proposal is carefully rated on:
Applying for an Undergraduate Research Grant|
Using Undergraduate Research Grants Funds|
Undergraduate Research Grant funds can be used to:
For more information or questions regarding expenditures and reimbursement procedures, please contact the Division of Research and Graduate Studies at 559.278.2448. Requests for reimbursements should be sent to the Division of Research and Graduate Studies at mail stop TA 51.
Undergraduate Research Grant Recipient Requirements|
Use of Human or Animal Subjects|
The use of people and animals in research is federally regulated. To use people in your research, you may have to get approval from the University's Institutional Review Board (IRB). Your faculty mentor can help you determine whether or not you will need approval and can also assist you with the approval process. More information is available on the Human Subjects website; click on The Institutional Review Board link under "Contact Information."
If you plan to use animals in your project, you will need to work with the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). Again, your faculty mentor can assist you with this process.
Undergraduate Research Awardees
Fall 2018-19 Undergraduate Research Awardees (pdf)
Spring 2018 Undergraduate Research Awardees (pdf)