UCRA funding is available to all full-time undergraduate students who have declared A&S majors. Members of the UCRA committee are ineligible to serve as the primary faculty advisors for proposed student projects.


UCRA welcomes proposal submissions from all academic departments within the College, and no priority will be given to students or faculty based on the stage of their careers. Funding will be considered for any project-related need, including travel, equipment, supplies, presentations, and conferences. The funding cap for 2014-2015 awards is $1000.

Applications should be emailed to Geoff Tick as a MS Word or PDF file (preferred). Applicants will receive an email indicating that their proposals have been successfully received.

Further application details are available in the 2015 UCRA Application and the 2015 UCRA Guide.

Selection Criteria

The committee will consider the following points during the review:

  • Significance of research and/or creative activity
  • Clear plan for the work
  • Guided by a compelling question or creative idea
  • Intelligibly written for non-specialist
  • Interdisciplinary, if appropriate for the project
  • Could not be done without this funding
  • If previously funded by UCRA, a report on the outcome of the prior funding must be referenced (if already submitted)

Important Dates

To ensure full consideration for funding, applications should be submitted beginning January 16, 2015; the review process and awards decisions will begin at this time.

Funded applications may begin immediately, or the start date may be delayed for up to one year. All proposed projects should be completed within one year of the original award; in certain circumstances six month extensions may be granted.

Final Report and Presentation

At the end of the project, each successful applicant must submit a written report describing the results of the project and evaluating its success.

Additionally, successful applicants will present their work at the annual Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Conference. They are also encouraged to present their work at other regional, national, and international conferences.