Awards and Funding

Ready to explore on your own? The Office of Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity (OUR) awards funding to undergraduates conducting independent research. In addition to funding opportunities, the OUR also administers two highly esteemed internship programs for students seeking experience in specific fields. 

Mark Sullivan

“My time spent in the OUR Summer Undergraduate Research program was quite valuable in helping me prepare to be a successful graduate student.”

—Mark Sullivan (Biological Sciences, BS ’13)

Read about Mark Sullivan's experiences in the OUR Summer Undergraduate Research Award program.  

 

OUR Awards and Funding: 

 

 

   

Summer Undergraduate Research Awards


The Summer Undergraduate Research Awards (SURA) provide a $3,500 stipend to conduct independent research over the summer. Titles of recent SURA topics range from Internet Memes and Popular Culture to The Mirror and the Mind: Medieval Literary Mirrors and the Neuroscience of the Mirror Response. SURA recipients also enroll in a 12-week summer SURA course to learn how to communicate their research findings to a general audience.

All SURA recipients participate in an ethics workshop. Because ethical concerns are inherent in every kind of research, the ethics workshop provides students, faculty, and staff with a meaningful opportunity to reflect on the kinds of ethical concerns that will guide young scholars far into the future.

“In 2011, I received a Summer Undergraduate Research Award to write a cartoon pilot script… On a whim, I pitched the finished script and another I had written afterward to Frederator Studios, which to my surprise opened the door to more pitches and finally a green-lit cartoon short titled Our Electrical Morals for their online channel Cartoon Hangover.”

—Michael Rosenthal (English Writing, BA ’12)

Read about Michael Rosenthal's experiences in the Summer Undergraduate Research Award program.

Applications for SURA are accepted in the spring term. Please check back in for application details and deadline.

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Archival Scholars Research Awards


Archival Scholars Research Award (ASRA) recipients receive a $1,000 stipend to develop independent research projects that draw on the University Library System (ULS) archives. Awardees receive archival training from professional librarians and participate in two workshops to supplement their independent research and enrich their experiences as students of the humanities. 

About the University Library System Archives

The ULS is proud to have special collections and archives housed in the Archives Service Center, Center for American Music, Fine Arts Library, Theodore M. Finney Music Library, and the Hillman Library Special Collections Department. These units work collaboratively to make their collections available and easily accessible to undergraduates. Examples of potential areas of research are available here; however, this is not a comprehensive list and students are encouraged to inquire about other collections that might align with their interests. 

ASRA Fall Open House

Undergraduates interested in ASRA should attend one of the regularly held fall open houses. During the open house, undergraduates can discuss ideas with Dietrich School faculty, representatives from the Office of Undergraduate Research, librarians, and archivists. Open house dates will be posted before each fall term.

Applications will be accepted from any Dietrich School undergraduate who:

  • is interested in humanities, primary source material, archives or library collections;
  • has a faculty mentor within the project discipline responsible for the oversight of the project.

 

Applications submissions to ASRA for academic year 2017-18 are closed. Please check back in fall 2018 for academic year 2018-19 program details. 

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CBS Anthony and Concetta Ambrosio Internship Award


The CBS Anthony and Concetta Ambrosio Internship Award provides $5,000 to support a paid summer academic internship at CBS Corporation in New York City. The recipient of the award is expected to live in New York City during the summer of the internship. Past recipients have interned with The NFL Today, Face the Nation, and CBS This Morning.

Joelle Smith, English Writing and Communication major, always wanted a summer in New York City. The CBS Anthony and Concetta Ambrosio Internship Award made her dream a reality. 

Applications will be accepted from any Dietrich School undergraduate who:

  • has an interest in news or media broadcasting;
  • is rising juinor or senior;
  • has a minimum GPA of 3.0;
  • has had at least one internship experience.

Applicants will need to request a recommendation from a supervisor at an internship or job using the Professional Reference Request Form, and from a faculty mentor using the Academic Reference Request Form

Online Application: 2018 Ambrosio Application
Application Deadline:

DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MONDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2017 AT 11:59PM

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Geo A. Bivins Jr. Internship Award


The Dietrich School invites undergraduates to apply for an award of $10,000 to support an unpaid summer academic internship at RCA Records in New York City. The Geo A. Bivins Jr. RCA Internship awardee also will receive academic credit for the internship. 

Applications will be accepted from any Dietrich School undergraduate who:

  • has an interest in entertainment, music, media, or business;
  • is rising juinor or senior;
  • has a minimum GPA of 3.0;
  • has had at least one internship experience.

Applicants will need to request a recommendation from a supervisor at an internship or job using the Professional Reference Request Form, and from a faculty mentor using the Academic Reference Request Form

Applications for the Geo A. Bivins internship Award are closed. Please check back in spring 2018.

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Carnegie Endowment for International Peace James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program


The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (CEIP) Junior Fellows program is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing cooperation between nations and promoting active international engagement by the United States.

The Junior Fellows program is designed to provide substantive work experience for those students who have an identified career interest in the area of international affairs.

Junior Fellows provide research assistance to scholars working on Carnegie Endowment projects, such as nonproliferation, democracy building, Middle East political reform, trade and environment, economics, international security, international economics, South Asian politics, China-related issues, and Russian and Eurasian affairs.

Visit the CEIP website for more information.

Application Requirements:

  • a completed CEIP James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program application; 
  • an essay, one page or less, double spaced, on why you would like to become a Junior Fellow (please include your name on each page);
  • a one-to-two-page résumé (including phone number, address, extracurricular activities, and work experience);
  • two recommendations, at least one of which should be from a professor from your major department;
  • unofficial transcript(s) for all college-level coursework; and
  • an essay of no more than three typewritten, double-spaced pages on a topic you are interested in researching as a Junior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment. The essay is intended to test skills in analysis, logic, and written expression. The essays are to be thought pieces, not research papers. Please refer to the application for the essay prompts. 
Application submissions for the CEIP James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program are closed for academic year 2017-18. Please check back in fall 2018 for academic year 2018-19 program details.

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