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Alyssa T.

Acceptance into my current graduate program was due to my experience with undergraduate research.
Alyssa T., 2015

Nick B.

I collaborated with professionals nationally and gave regional presentations.
Nick B., 2015

Shawn C.

It gave me the skills and knowledge I need to become an ecological scholar and scientist.
Shawn C., 2015


Undergraduate Scholars Grant

The purpose of the Undergraduate Scholars Grant (USG) is to facilitate research and creative activities at UCM through compensation of related expenses.  Such expenses include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Consumable supplies, materials, technology, and equipment (e.g. chemicals, DNA products, coding software, material for costumes, incentives for research participants)
  • International or domestic airfare, hotel, food, gas, parking, registration or other travel-related expenditures incurred while at a recognized conference, workshop, or approved venue
  • International or domestic airfare, hotel, food, gas, parking, registration or other travel-related expenditures incurred for field-work, training, or an experiential-based opportunity that is directly related to research or creative project (e.g. travel to location to interview participants, statistical software training, writing workshop)

All UCM undergraduate students in good academic standing are typically eligible for one grant per academic year. Projects must be sponsored by a full-time faculty member that has independently reviewed and affirmed the quality of the work. A maximum of $750 for supplies/domestic travel and $1200 for international travel will be awarded.  Students may receive partial funding depending upon demonstrated need, available resources, location (domestic versus international travel), and merit of the proposal as ascertained by criteria identified below.

The Coordinator of Undergraduate Research and External Scholarships and the Dean of the Honors College & International Affairs will evaluate USG applications on a rolling basis. Decisions regarding awards are based on the following criteria: (1) academic/creative quality of work, (2) contribution to the field of study, and if applicable, (3) level of participation at conference, event, or experience.  USG recipients are expected to present at the annual and must submit their abstract here, before turning in their USG application.

** Thank you for your interest in applying for an USG. Unfortunately, all USG research dollars have been distributed for this fiscal year and our application is therefore closed. If your research and attendance at UCM will extend through the Fall 2016 semester or further, we encourage you to submit your application after July 1, 2016 for consideration in next year's USG award cycle. **


Undergraduate Scholars Research Showcases


Two research showcases for the graduating senior recipients of the Undergraduate Scholars Grant (USG) took place to highlight the efforts of their research.


Monday, November 16th at 10:00am in the JCKL Performance Corner

Emily Tochtrop, "Identification of the Functionality of Bifaces in the Chaney Collection," mentored by Dr. Amber Clifford-Napoleone

Emily Carney, "Partisan Politics and the Prosecutor," mentored by Professor Don Wallace

Karlie Rose, "Social Media's Coverage of Sexual Assault," mentored by Dr. Ashley Wellman

Kayla Kroenlein, "The College Experience," mentored by Professor Eric Stykel


Karlie Rose

Kayla Kroenlein

Emily Tochtrop

Emily Carney

Tuesday, December 1st at 12:00pm in the JCKL Performance Corner

Brittany Brooks, "Exploring Campus Sexual Assault," mentored by Dr. Ashley Wellman

Andrew Frojd, “Observing Rates of Acetylcholinesterase Catalysis for Development of an Undergraduate Biochemistry Laboratory," mentored by Dr. Jay Steinkruger

Anthony Fatino, “Luminescent Gold Nanoparticle Development for Detection of Heavy Metal ions in Biological Environment,” mentored by Dr. Chen Zhou


Brittany Brooks

Anthony Fatino