Currently, URSCI offers these initiatives:

Undergraduate Summer Scholar Program (USSP)

  • Awards $3,000 to qualified undergraduates to complete an independent research project during the summer under the supervision of a faculty mentor.
  • The deadline for Summer 2020 is March 29, 2020.

Recent Undergraduate Summer Scholars are:


  • Meyahueltzin Angeles (Architectural Engineering & Mathematics, Faculty mentor: Brent Stephens)
  • Kathryn Brian (Clinical Psychology, Faculty mentor: Tina Taylor-Ritzler)
  • Gloria Gervacio (Neuroscience, Faculty mentor: Persis Driver)


  • Natalie Babrowska, Art History 


  • Adriana Espinoza, Psychology
  • Theodore Menet, Psychology
  • Danielle Jones, Biology
  • Jose Rangel, Physics

Learn more about current and past summer scholars.

Undergraduate Research Assistant Program (URAP)

  • Awards up to $1,500 per semester to undergraduate students who work as research assistants for a faculty member.
  • The application deadline for the Summer 2020 is April 1.
  • The deadlines for the Fall Semester 2020 are July 15 (first priority) and August 15, 2020. 
  • Other deadlines: Spring 2021 (December 1, 2020), Summer 2021 (April 1, 2021).
  • Faculty can apply for consecutive semesters of assistance.

Undergraduate Research Support Awards (URSA)

  • Provides undergraduates with up to $500 for supplies, equipment or travel costs associated with a research project.
  • URSA applications are considered on an ongoing basis from September 1 through May 1. Monies are awarded until funds are depleted.

Research for Course Credit

  • All departments can grant course credit for completed department-approved projects.