and External Scholarships
at the University of Central Missouri
Welcome to the Office of Undergraduate Research and External Scholarships! Our goal is threefold: (1) to promote undergraduate research on campus as highlighted by the annual Scholars Symposium and Creative Achievement Day, (2) to support UCM students in their pursuit of a Fulbright and/or Truman award, and (3) to serve The Honors College, particularly through the guidance of the Honors Project.
Undergraduate research truly represents UCM’s mission of “learning to a greater degree,” particularly in the way it exemplifies engaged learning. The process of working one-on-one with a faculty mentor in all phases of the process, from topic creation to the final product, is an experience that forever impacts a student’s collegiate experience. In fact, pedagogical research consistently finds this type of engagement significantly increases overall student satisfaction and other desirable outcomes, such as degree completion. Participation in undergraduate research or creative endeavors also prepares students for life after college, another pillar of UCM’s mission, including graduate school and employment opportunities. The office offers small grants for undergraduate student travel ($400) and supplies ($750) related to their research or creative projects. Members of The Honors College are allowed up to an additional $1,000 if the travel or supplies are used in conjunction with their Honors Project. We encourage students to take advantage of these funds.
The office also focuses on the promotion and support of two external scholarships: the Fulbright award and the Truman scholarship. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program (http://us.fulbrightonline.org/) supports postgraduate students for a year abroad to either teach English in a foreign school system or to conduct research at an international university. The Truman scholarship (truman.gov) is a $30,000 award for junior-level students attending graduate school in a public service field. Please visit the external scholarship page for more information, attend a UCM information session, or set up a time to meet with me to discuss these opportunities in more detail.
Jennifer Varriale Carson, Ph.D.
Coordinator of Undergraduate Research and External Scholarships