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College of Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Undergraduate Summer Grants

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College of Arts and Sciences summer mini-grants support the creative, scholarly, and research efforts of undergraduate CAS majors. Student-led extracurricular projects, especially those with an interdisciplinary emphasis, qualify for consideration.

An award of up to $3,000 will be granted to qualifying undergraduate students to initiate or continue a research project under the guidance of a regular faculty member or members within the College of Arts and Sciences.

Projects must be at least eight weeks in duration and students should be in residence on their home campus.


The deadline to apply is March 25, 2019.

General Application Guidelines

The grant application is to be five pages in length and must provide a description of the proposed research, scholarly, or creative activity as outlined below. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Pages 1 and 2: Provide a two-page description of the proposed creative/scholarly/research project as outlined below.

  1. What is the proposed project and your part in it?
  2. What is the rationale for this project?
  3. If this is an ongoing project, what are the results of your pilot studies and previous experiences that support the proposed project?

Page 3: A signed, one-page statement of support from the sponsoring faculty mentor or mentors that specifically addresses the following questions:

  1. Do you agree to support and actively supervise the proposed research or creative activity?
  2. What matching or additional support will you or your department contribute?

Signatures of both the sponsoring faculty member and the unit chair/director must be included.

Page 4: The applicant must provide a one-page resume that includes, but is not limited to, the applicant’s name, WSU ID number, mailing address (local, permanent,and departmental), telephone number (local, permanent, and departmental), WSU email address, academic accomplishments (including cumulative and current GPA), his/her declared major, and anticipated graduation date.

Page 5: The applicant must provide a budget page detailing the direct costs and any matching or additional support. Living expenses can be included in the costs.

Students with original discoveries are encouraged to present their findings at venues such as professional meetings, exhibitions, or performances. Additional funding may be available for travel to these venues.

Submission Details

Completed proposals may be delivered to:

Courtney Meehan
Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies
309 Thompson Hall

or sent via email to Debbie Brood, Office of the Dean, at

Proposals must be received by 5:00 p.m. on the last day of the deadline (March 25, 2019, for summer 2019 projects).