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Office of Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate Research Fellowships

All Central Washington University undergraduate students who are admitted to degree programs may apply for an Undergraduate Research Fellowship to offset expenses associated with faculty-mentored research, scholarship, or creative activities.  The maximum funding available for an individual student conducting research is $500 and the maximum funding available for a group research project with three or more students is $1200.  

To better ensure distribution of funds across disciplines and research groups, faculty are limited to a maximum of $1500 of research funding for their students in one academic year through the Office of Undergraduate Research.

Students in all disciplines are encouraged to apply.  All awardees are required to present at the Symposium On University Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE).


New rules for the 2013-2014 academic year:

  • A new GROUP RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP is designed to support projects conducted by three or more students and permits a maximum of $1200 in funding.
  • Faculty are limited to a maximum of $1500 of research funding for their students in one academic year through the Office of Undergraduate Research.
  • Research Fellowships funds cannot be used to support xeroxing/copying fees on campus, financial incentives/reimbursement for human research participants, or for projects required as part of standard coursework.

    There are only two deadlines for Fellowship applications: NOVEMBER 15 and FEBRUARY 15.

The following materials are required:

  • Cover sheet (included in the application packet).
  • Abstract of the project
  • Project description that includes the project goals and objects, relationship to previous research or knowledge in the field (i.e., literature review), clear statement of methodology or research design, timeline for successful completion of the project, anticipated results, and plans for dissemination.
  • Detailed budget and budget justification.
  • Written and signed endorsement from the sponsoring faculty member.  The faculty member must also indicate if they have previously had students receive a Fellowship and the outcome of those projects.
  • If applicable, all relevant documents for human/animal subjects clearance, and standard operating procedure for handling of dangerous animals, supplies, or equipment.
  • GROUP Research Fellowship applications must include information on all student submitters as well as discussion of how each student will contribute to the project.

Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Electronically received copies cannot be processed at this time. Applications are reviewed by an eight (8) member Undergraduate Research Advisory Committee comprised of faculty from across disciplines in the College of the Sciences, College of the Arts and Humanities, and College of Education and Professional Studies.

There are two opportunities during the school year for students to submit applications for Undergraduate Research Fellowships:  NOVEMBER 15 and FEBRUARY 15.  Original applications with eight (8) copies are due on those dates by 5 p.m. in the School of Graduate Studies and Research, Barge 305, Mailstop 7510.