Currently, URSCI offers these initiatives:

Undergraduate Summer Scholar Program (USSP)

  • Awards between $2000 to $3,000 to qualified undergraduates to complete an independent research project during the summer under the supervision of a faculty mentor.
  • In 2021, we will use a new application portal (in Canvas). Applications will be accepted starting March 10th. The deadline for applications for Summer 2021 is April 1st, 2021.

Recent Undergraduate Summer Scholars are:

  • Katherine Carper (Sociology, Faculty mentor: Christina Perez)
  • Lesley Arroyo (Psychology, Faculty mentor: Persis Driver)
  • Kristen Garcia (Psychology, Faculty mentor: Sophia Duffy)
  • Gabriela Giza, Alison Laton (Nutrition and Psychology, Faculty mentor: Tracy Caldwell)
  • Daisy Rivera (Business, Faculty mentor: Yuanqing Li)
  • Meyahueltzin Angeles (Architectural Engineering and Mathematics, Faculty mentor: Brent Stephens)
  • Kathryn Brien (Clinical Psychology, Faculty mentor: Tina Taylor-Ritzler)
  • Gloria Gervacio (Neuroscience, Faculty mentor: Persis Driver)

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 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.

Special Opportunity Awards

  • These awards provide support for student driven projects and initiatives that do not fit the narrative of the previous grants. Contact the URSCI Director Marion Weedermann directly at to set up a consultation about whether a certain project or initiative can be funded through this award. Funds are typically limited to $1500 per project.