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Alyssa T.

Acceptance into my current graduate program was due to my experience with undergraduate research.
Alyssa T.

Nick B.

I collaborated with professionals nationally and gave regional presentations.
Nick B.

Shawn C.

It gave me the skills and knowledge I need to become an ecological scholar and scientist.
Shawn C.

Office of Undergraduate Research and External Scholarships

Welcome to the Office of Undergraduate Research and External Scholarships!  Our goal is threefold:

(1) to promote undergraduate research and creative activities on campus as highlighted by the annual Scholars Symposium and Creative Achievement Day,

(2) to support UCM students in their pursuit of an external scholarship including the Truman Scholarship, Fulbright U.S. Student Program, or Goldwater Scholarship, and

(3) to serve The Honors College, particularly through the guidance of the Honors Project.


Undergraduate research and creative projects truly represent UCM’s mission of “learning to a greater degree,” particularly in the way they exemplify 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 undertaking 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 and GPA (Hanauer & Hatfull, 2015; Hartmann, Widner, & Carrick, 2013; Pacifici & Thomson, 2011).  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 expenses related to research or creative projects. We encourage students to take advantage of these funds.


The office also focuses on the promotion and support of three external scholarships: the Truman Scholarship, Fulbright U.S Student Program, and Goldwater Scholarship. The Truman scholarship is a $30,000 award for junior-level students attending graduate school in a public service field. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program 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 Goldwater Scholarship is a $7,500 award given to sophomores and juniors who intend to pursue research within the fields of natural science, mathematics, and engineering. Please visit the external scholarship page for more information, attend a UCM information session, or set up a time to meet with office staff to discuss these opportunities in more detail.

Finally, the office assists The Honors College by providing support for students in completing their honors project.  We are available to meet during any stage of the process, whether that is to help on topic formulation or directing students toward resources.  Please take a look at our FAQ, our sample proposal form, or access The Honors College website for more details.



Students can also view an informational presentation for our office here, access all of our events for the 2017-2018 academic year here, or contact us here. We are happy to help in any way we can!















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