Any student who is admitted to a degree program and is conducting research, scholarship, or a creative activity with a faculty mentor can apply for an Undergraduate Research Fellowship. Projects in any discipline can apply for an Undergraduate Research Fellowship. You must have a faculty mentor endorse the project and write a letter of support for the application.
The Office of Undergraduate Research interprets "research" to be any co-curricular or extra-curricular activity that contributes to student learning and involves the direct application of principles within the field of study. Given the wide range of disciplines and student interests at Central, it is only fitting that the Office of Undergraduate Research supports all forms of student inquiry.
Any student who is admitted to a degree program and is presenting their work in a professional venue can apply for funds to help offset the costs of travel. Only presenting authors can apply for an Undergraduate Travel Fellowship. Applicants must submit verification that their work has been accepted for presentation and must have a letter of support from a faculty mentor.
Only if you have communicated your intention to the Director of Undergraduate Research via email and received permission. If you plan to attend a conference prior to the posted application deadlines, you can submit your application prior to your travel and it will be considered in the next round of applications.
All aspects of the applications are important and are considered by the Committee when determining which applications are meritorious. For Undergraduate Research Fellowships, the project description must be clear and complete. For Undergraduate Travel Fellowships, student statements regarding their part in the presentation and how the presentation enhances their personal scholarship in their program of study are particularly important. For both applications, budget details and faculty support must be included. Lastly, university budget constraints can, at times, impact the number or extent of funding provided for fellowships.
Undergraduate Research Fellowships must be spent by the end of the fiscal year in which they were provided. The CWU fiscal year ends in June. All research fellowships not spent by the end of the fiscal year will revert back to the Office of Undergraduate Research. Undergraduate Travel Fellowship funds must be used within two weeks of the student returning from their travel.
Should a student require an extension, he or she can either reapply in one of the next year's opportunities for application or seek an extension on a case-by-case basis. If students receive a fellowship after they have expended funds for travel, they may be reimbursed for those expenses for which they have kept receipts.