Awards and Funding

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)  

Research Awards and Funding







Curiosity Grants

Curiosity Grants are geared toward student-created research or creative projects with faculty mentorship. Typical awards range from $500 to $1,000, and the students are encouraged to request the highest amount within the range. Each request will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Applications for Curiosity Grants are accepted on a rolling basis. The typical response time is two to three weeks. Examples of expenses the grants may cover include: conference fees, special software for theater light design, group presentations, tools and supplies for physical projects, lighting, small 3-D printers, materials, survey incentives, and submission fees. 

Application: Curiosity Grants Application
Submission Guidelines: Rolling submissions, August 1 through May 1 of each academic year

 Summer Undergraduate Research Awards

The Summer Undergraduate Research Awards (SURA) provide a $4,000 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)  


Applications submissions to SURA 2018 are closed. Please check back in spring 2019 for SURA 2019 details. 

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 librarian archivists, participate in workshops to supplement their work, and enrich their experiences as students of the arts and sciences. 

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.