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Undergraduate Research & Creative Works Grants

The Office of Undergraduate Research offers Research & Creative Works grants each semester (Fall, Spring and Summer).

Grants are available in the following categories:

1. Research/creative endeavor supplies - maximum $500
2. Research/creative endeavor stipends - maximum $1000
3. Conference/performance travel and fees - maximum $1000
4. Professional development (i.e trainings, workshops, master classes, professional organizational fees) - maximum $500

info Faculty, Staff, Graduate Students are not eligible to apply.

Award levels are based on the amount of available funding and the number of requests. Past Recipients 

  • Fall 2020
    • Dani Magasano (Business Administration): Developing Holistic First Year Experience Courses: Connecting Student Minds and Hearts in an Inclusive Space.
    • Camille Lucas (Business Administration-Marketing): Artificial Intelligence Changing the Way of Marketing.
    • Samantha Ewing (Business Administration-Computer Information Systems): Develop an Artifact for the Early Detection of Wildfires Using Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning technology.
    • Lisa O'Connor (Political Science, Art and Design): Data Driven Fiber Art.
    • Ricel Lopez (Human Services): The Association of Trauma and Depression Among Latinx College Students and Engagement in Treatments.
    • Adeleine Santos (Sociology): Epistemic Violence against Black, Indigenous and People of color (BIPOC) in Higher Education and the reclamation of Traditional Cultural Narratives, Knowledge and Pedagogies.
    • Douglas Anthony Mellon (Software Engineering): Designing an Artifact to Aide in Wildfire Detection and Prevention Through the use of Autonomous Drones.
    • Ayman Alhazmi (Business Administration-Computer Information Systems): Data mining and Electronic Medical records: How to Predict the Heart Failure Patient Length of Stay
    • Aaron Updike (Chemistry): Investigating the Effect of Loud Noise on Dopamine-Acetylcholine Interaction in the Central Auditory System
    • Claire Hamilton (Biological Sciences-Pre-Health Emphasis): Affect of AhR activation on Immune Response.
    • Natalie Sue Crouch (Biomedical Sciences and Chemistry): Venom Sample Categorization
    • Fahad Dahish (Computer Information System): Data Mining and Electronic Medical records: How to Predict the Heart Failure Patient Length of Stay
    • Zachary Gonzales (Philosophy and English): Interrogating the Epistemological Potential of Lorde's 'Uses of the Erotic' in Conceiving of Transness
    • Isabel Martinez-Venegas (Biology): Veterinarian Perceptions Regarding their Preparedness for their Profession.
    • Nicola Anglo-Raymundo (English Secondary Education): Culturally Relevant Literature in Secondary Schools: A Study in Usage and Limitations.
    • Bianca Ramos (Sociology): Students of Color in Higher Education.
    • Eroline Daniela Mburunyeme Yakorde (Sociology and Psychology): Examining the Beliefs and Emotions of Men Who Purchase Sex.
    • Shelby Brown (Audiology): Understanding How High Levels of Noise Affect the Equine Auditory System.
    • Jakob Coykendall (Asian Studies): LGBTQ+ Intimate Communication & Relationships during COVID-19.
    • Chloe Parsons (Economics): How Climate Change Will Impact Consumer Demand in Food Markets in the United States.
    • Olivia Sponsler-Sanchez (Psychology): Childhood Maltreatment & Chronic Pain in College Students: A Multi-dimensional Study.
  • Spring 2021
    • Jakob Coykendall (Asian Studies)
    • Bianca Ramos (Sociology)
    • Kenneth Trey Kochevar (Theatre Arts - Acting) 
    • Jasmine Poblano (Chicana/o & Latina/o Studies)
    • Rose Glaser (Human Services)
    • Adeleine Santos (Sociology)
    • Tim Crowther (Cellular and Molecular Biology) 
    • Angel Garcia (Theatre Arts - Acting)
    • Alexandria Colpitts (Biology, emphasis in Ecology and Evolution)
    • Gisselle Lopez Hernandez (Political Sciences and Mexican American Studies)
    • Sydney McCormick (Criminology and Criminal Justice)
    • Katrina Stelk (Theatre Arts - Acting)
    • Natalie Horn (Cellular and Molecular Biology)
    • Ashley Lovely (Business Administration, Marketing, Art and Design)
    • Isabella Cordon (Psychology, Human Services) 
    • Hailie Macy (Psychology) 
    • Dani Magasano (Business Administration)
    • Isabel Martinez-Venegas (Biology)
    • Rowan Smart (Psychology)
    • Olivia Sponsler-Sanchez (Psychology)

Travel Funding Details

Travel grants will be restricted based on the current UNC policies on travel.  OUR cannot fund travel or supply expenses associated with a specific class, for which those supplies or the travel is a required element of the course work.  We do support research and travel associated with programs such as McNair and Honors and with research or travel related to independent study or directed studies projects or for non-required travel and/or research supplies and time.

Apply for Funding Awards

Complete your application through the Research Grant Qualtrics application.

  • A complete application via the Qualtrics applicatiion (Link is available above in the gold box)
  • Project proposal narrative (no more than two pages, single spaced, 12 point, Times New Roman font)
    • Must be uploaded into the Qualtrics application.
  • Faculty sponsor support
    • You will provide the name and email contact information of your faculty sponsor.
    • The OUR office will email the faculty member requesting confirmation of their support for your application. Please be sure to alert the faculty sponsor about the coming request for support email.
  • Conference/performance acceptance letter (if the application involves conference participation).
    • Must be uploaded into the Qualtrics application

Contact us at our@unco.edu for more information or if you have any questions.


Fall 2021 Grants

Grant Period for Fall 2021 is for project work completed, travel completed, and/or supplies purchased between August 23, 2021-January 15, 2022.

Application Proposal details

Project Proposal Narrative specifications

2-page maximum (single spaced, Times New Roman, font size 12.

The proposal narrative must be either copied and pasted into the on line Qualtrics application form.

Project Proposal Narrative (Conference and Performance Applicants):

If you are applying for the sole purpose of presenting at a conference or traveling for a performance, please provide a brief explanation (no more than 2 pages) for the requested funds, including how your presentation or performance will support your professional development as a student scholar and how your presentation/performance will contribute to the body of knowledge in your discipline.  Include:

  • Details about when/where the presentation/conference/activity will take place.
  • Total requested amount.

Project Proposal Narrative (Researchers/creative endeavors): 

If you are applying for research or creative endeavor purposes, please provide a compelling narrative (no more than 2 pages) that includes the following:

  1. Purpose & significance of your project; how your project will contribute to the body of knowledge in your discipline.
  2. Brief description of the research methods, procedures or project design (this includes if your project needs &/or has already obtained IRB approval for research with human subjects)
  3. Level of oversight and supervision that will be provided by the faculty advisor/sponsor or others involved
  4. A timeline of project activities for the semester and  how it will be possible to advance on the project during the period. 
  5. Total Amount Requested for each of the categories (list $0 if no funding is requested in that category):

    • Conference, Performance or Professional Development Activity (max $1,000)
    • Research or Creative Endeavor Supplies (Max $500)
    • Research or Creative Endeavor Stipend paid to Student for work activities (Max $1,000)
    • TOTAL AMOUNT REQUESTED (Max. $1,500)

Stipend Requirements and Award Criteria:

Stipends will be awarded based on the available funding, the numbers of applications received, and the quality of the application materials. Students who receive a stipend from OUR will be expected to adhere to all UNC rules and regulations surrounding research and creative endeavors, including issues of plagiarism and rules governing human subject research. Recipients will be given explicit details of the disbursement and reimbursement process in their award letters.

Post-grant reports

Each student who receives funding must prepare and submit a post-grant report at the end of the grant period that provides a summary of the project-related activity, including the ways in which it enhanced the student’s education.  This document will be two to three pages in length and will also include an itemization of the project-related expenses covered by the award.  The post-grant report must be submitted according to the deadlines posted and through the template provided as posted on the OUR website at www.unco.edu/our.  Failure to submit the post-grant report will make you ineligible for future funding from OUR.  If a student abandons the project, or fails to complete the work for which the funding was provided, they must notify OUR, and a refund of the stipend will be required.  

Priority Categories

Stipend Award applications will be prioritized according to the following categories:

Category 1

  • Research project or creative endeavor supplies
  • Maximum request  = $500.
  • Supplies must not be intended for general use
    for multiple students and must instead be specific for the
    applicant's project. Supplies grants may be counted as financial aid.

Category 2

  • Research project or creative endeavor stipends
  • Maximum Request = $1000
  • Includes payment to student (via student employment system) for
    approved research or creative endeavor activities as outlined
    in the proposal.

Category 3

  • Conference presentation and performance travel and fees
  • Maximum Request = $1000
  • OUR is not currently funding grants for travel due to COVID.
  • You may apply for a grant to pay for fees associated
    with virtual conferences.

Category 4

  • Professional development
  • Maximum request = $500
  • May be used for trainings, conference fees for those not presenting, workshops,
    master classes, or professional organization membership fees.