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Office of Undergraduate Research

Student FAQ

Who can apply for an Undergraduate Research Grant?

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 Grant.  Projects in any discipline can apply for an Undergraduate Research Grant. You must have a faculty mentor endorse the project and write a letter of support for the application.

Why are they called Undergraduate Research Grants if they can also be used for scholarship or creative activities?

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.

Who can apply for an Undergraduate Travel Grant?

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 Grant. Applicants must submit verification that their work has been accepted for presentation and must have a letter of support from a faculty mentor.

Can I apply for a Grant after I have already completed the work or gone to the conference?

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.

How does the Undergraduate Research Advisory Committee decide which applications to fund?

All aspects of the applications are important and are considered by the Committee when determining which applications are meritorious.  For Undergraduate Research Grants, the project description must be clear and complete.  For Undergraduate Travel Grants, 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.

I have received an Undergraduate Grant.  When do the funds have to be used by?

Undergraduate Research Grants must be spent by the end of the fiscal year in which they were provided. The CWU fiscal year ends in June.  All research grants not spent by the end of the fiscal year will revert back to the Office of Undergraduate Research. Undergraduate Travel Grant 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 grant after they have expended funds for travel, they may be reimbursed for those expenses for which they have kept receipts.