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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)

UCM undergraduate students in good academic standing can submit an application. 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, or 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. Unfortunately funds for the USG are currently on hold. Please do submit your proposal as we will revisit any pending requests after the symposium and fund them in the order they were received. Students may submit a USG application here. USG recipients are expected to present at the annual Scholars Symposium and Creative Achievement Day and must submit an abstract here. In the event a student is a graduating senior, students will be expected to present at one of the fall research showcases, as highlighted below.


Senior Research Showcases


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


Senior Research Showcase I: Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at 4pm in JCKL Performance Corner

McKenzie Kersey, "Prison Inmates and Cigarettes" mentored by Dr. Scott Chenault


Senior Research Showcase II: Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at 4pm in JCKL Performance Corner

Morgan Haddix, "Graying Behind Bars: The Elderly in Prison" mentored by Dr. Scott Chenault

Isabella Salisbury, "The effect of IL-6 and cortisol levels on mitochondrial oxygen consumption rate in trout." mentored by Dr. Scott Lankford