The Office of Undergraduate Research provides the only funding mechanism for research at Central that accepts applications from all undergraduate students, regardless of discipline or student background.
However, Central Washington University has many programs that help support student research and scholarship. The following programs have different application procedures and requirements. Links to those programs are provided in the descriptions below; check out their webpages for more information and to see if you are eligible to apply.
- College of the Sciences Undergraduate Research Grants Program
- Douglas Honors College (DHC) Upper-Division Scholarship Experience
- McNair Scholars Program
- Science Talent Expansion Program (STEP)
The College of the Sciences encourages research collaboration between students and faculty as an important component undergraduate education. The College of the Sciences Undergraduate Research Grants Program provides funding to facilitate such collaboration. A call for proposals is usually issued late in the Fall Quarter, with proposals due in early February. Students may submit one proposal per year.
The Upper-Division Scholarship Experience is a faculty-mentored research experience in either the Art & Humanities or the Sciences. With the help of a Douglas Honors College advisor, students choose the appropriate track in which to enroll. The program is 17 credits and consists of two five-credit courses in the Douglas Honors College and seven thesis and research credits in either the Douglas Honors College or the Science Honors Program.
The mission of the McNair Scholars Program at Central is to help low-income, first generation college students and students underrepresented in graduate education, reach their goals of attaining doctoral degrees. The McNair Scholars Program is a two-year program of scholarly activities that includes a paid, nine-week, full-time summer research fellowship, training in how to write and present a scholarly research paper, regional graduate school visits, guidance through the graduate school application process, and other co-curricular and pre-professional training.
The Science Talent Expansion Program (STEP) is for any student interested in majoring in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics at Central Washington University. Academic support and mentoring is offered along with special courses with hands-on activities, STEP-specific sections of ENG 101/102 and UNIV 101, STEM-faculty mentored research experiences, and financial support for eligible students.