The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) administers several different research funding programs.
These awards fund undergraduate researchers for up to $500.00 for research expenses, presentations at conferences, or travel to conduct research. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and awards are made until funds are exhausted. (In other words, apply early!)
Starting in Spring 2013, a UConn student from any campus or any major can apply for a UConn IDEA Grant of up to $4,000 to fund work on a topic, project, problem, artistic product or performance, or other entrepreneurial or creative idea of choice. The work should be personally meaningful, relevant, and engaging. UConn IDEA Grant projects begin with an application, are developed during a period of planning, require a period of focused engagement, and end with public presentations.
The SHARE program supports undergraduate research projects in the social sciences, humanities, and arts. SHARE is designed especially for students in the earlier stages of their college careers to introduce them to research in their chosen field and give them the skills they will need for further research projects. Applications are made in Fall Semester. During the Spring semester, student apprentices will receive a $1500 stipend, and faculty mentors will receive a $500 professional development stipend.
RARE is a special subset of the SHARE Award. The RARE awards require that the student’s research utilizes or/and expands upon the data files in the Roper Center for Public Opinion. Data in the Roper archives must be central to the proposed research in some way. Applications are made in Fall Semester. During the Spring semester, student apprentices will receive a $1500 stipend, and faculty mentors will receive a $500 professional development stipend.
UConn SURF supports full-time undergraduate students who are engaged in summer research or creative projects under the supervision of a University of Connecticut faculty member. SURF awards are available to students in all majors at all UConn campuses. Deadline is early spring semester; awards are made for the summer.
SURF project proposals are reviewed by faculty committees representing all schools and colleges, and SURF awards are awarded through a competitive process. The maximum total amount awarded for SURF awards is $4,000.00 ($3500 stipend for the student researcher and up to $500 for consumables associated with the research project).
The Honors Program has provided funding for up to fifteen awards to Honors thesis researchers in the life sciences for academic year 2012-13. Funding is provided only to defray laboratory costs or to purchase consumables essential to the execution of undergraduate research leading to the completion of the Honors thesis. The maximum total award per Honors researcher is $1,000.
There is a huge universe of funding sources outside of UConn! Usually your faculty advisor can suggest funding sources specific to your major, but we also have a list and links to some databases to help in your search.