Quest Portal User Tips

The UConn Quest Portal is used by offices at the University of Connecticut to collect applications and administer review processes. It is powered by SurveyMonkey Apply and jointly administered by the Office of the Vice President for Research and the Office of Undergraduate Research. While using the site, you can access help documentation by clicking on the "i" icon in the top right corner. This page serves as an additional resource to address common user questions related to OUR applications: Requesting a Recommendation, Modifying a Complete Task, and Submitting an Application.

Requesting a Recommendation

Recommendation tasks in the system are designated by the thumbs up icon. Click on the task to begin. The task and its instructions will display as in the image below. Click on the green "Request a Recommendation" button to enter your recommender's name and email address. You may also elect to write a message to your recommender, which will be included in the recommendation request they receive via email. Click on the green "Send Request" button.
Image of recommendation task before any information has been entered.

Once you have sent the request to your recommender, the task status will change to a half-full green circle to show that it is in progress, and you'll see your recommender's information and the date of the request, as in the image below.
Image of recommendation task after recommendation request has been initiated.

If you need to resend the recommendation request, or withdraw it so that a different person can act as a recommender instead, click on the three dots to the right of the recommender details. This will allow you to either resend the request or withdraw the request.
Image of recommendation status options displayed by clicking on the three dots next to recommender details.

In order to submit your application, all application tasks must be complete. This means that you must mark your recommendation task as complete by clicking the "Mark as Complete" button, even if the recommendation has not yet been submitted. Rest assured that your recommender will still be able to submit their recommendation - marking the task as complete does not affect their ability to submit a recommendation.

Modifying a Complete Task

A green circle with a checkmark will appear next to complete tasks. However, you can still make modifications to such tasks. Open the task and click on the three dots to the right of the task name to display the following options: Download, Reset, and Edit. Reset will remove all task content. Edit, on the other hand, will allow you to make changes to the existing task content.
Image of task options (download, reset, edit) displayed by clicking on the three dots next to the name of a completed task.

Submitting an Application

In order to submit an application, all the tasks within the application must be complete. When all tasks are complete, as in the image below on the right, the "Submit" button will turn green and become clickable.

Application with incomplete tasks
Application with incomplete tasks.

Application with complete tasks, ready for submission
Application with complete tasks.

Once all the tasks in your application are complete, you may review or submit your application materials. Read below for details about the sequence of steps and screens associated with each option.


If you click the "Submit" button, you will be given the opportunity to review and download your application materials by clicking on "Review." Clicking on the green "Submit" button submits your application.
Submit screen with option to review.


If you click the "Review" button, you will be able to review and download your application materials. You can scroll through all your submitted materials on this screen. Alternatively, you can download your application for review and/or for your records using the download link in the top right corner. You must click the "Submit Your Application" button in the top right corner to complete and submit your application.
Review and submit screen.

You will then be asked to confirm that you wish to submit your application by clicking on the green "Submit" button.
Submit screen.