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,
(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 (Hanauer & Hatfull, 2015; Hartmann, Widner, & Carrick, 2013; Pacifici & Thomson, 2011) consistently finds this type of engagement significantly increases overall student satisfaction and other desirable outcomes, such as degree completion and higher GPAs. 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 through enhanced networking skills. The office offers small grants for expenses related to 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 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.