University of Kansas Spring 2017 Undergraduate Research Awards

Deadline: November 3, 2016 11:59 PM CST

Undergraduate Research Awards (UGRAs) are $1,000 scholarships provided to undergraduate students pursuing original research, scholarship, or creative work under the general guidance of a member of the faculty or other approved mentor.  Each UGRA proposal must be sponsored by a KU affiliated faculty member or approved mentor who has read and approved the proposal and who agrees to oversee the conduct and completion of the project.  UGRAs are awarded to students conducting semester-long independent projects that constitute work that is original and substantive given the standards and objectives of the field. (The UGRAs are not intended, for example, to support trips to workshops or the like; something new has to be discovered or created). Aside from recognizing student accomplishments, the UGRA competition provides an incentive for students to practice writing about their work and to take a deeper look at the literature of their field.


Students in any major can apply. To be eligible you must be a degree-seeking undergraduate student when you receive the award.  Students receiving fall or spring awards must be enrolled full-time during the award period.  Exceptions to this rule can be made, e.g., when the applicant is studying abroad during the semester or only needs a few more credits to graduate.  If you think an exception should be made for you, or if you have questions about your eligibility, contact the Center for Undergraduate Research at

Selection Criteria:

UGRAs are scholarships awarded on the merit of the applicant's proposal as judged by a faculty reviewer, the applicant's preparation, and the recommendation from a faculty member who is familiar with the applicant and the proposed project. Reviewers utilize either the Research Project Rubric (.doc) or Creative Project Rubric (.doc) depending on the project type. Applicants will be informed of award decisions by the end of the semester.

Award Dispersal:

You will receive your award through the Financial Aid distribution process. If you owe KU for any charges (e.g. tuition, required campus fees, etc.), this financial aid will be applied towards the amount due.  If a credit balance is created within your account, the credit balance will be refunded to you. You will receive your check via direct deposit if signed up for this in Enroll & Pay. Otherwise, the Bursar’s Office will mail you a check. Students receiving need-based financial aid, such as loans, should be aware that this award may alter your loan amounts. If you have questions about how this award may affect your Financial Aid, please contact Joan Weaver in the Financial Aid Office, 785-864-5478.

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