Undergraduate Research Opportunities & Funds
Research and Internship Opportunities
- Research Experiences for Undergraduates in Biology
- Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program (provides opportunities for undergraduates from underrepresented groups to excel at the undergraduate level in science- and math-related fields, work toward doctoral degrees, and undertake careers as college teachers)
- The UMass Boston - Dana Farber/Harvard Cancer Center Research Partnership
- The Initiative for Maximizing Student Student Development
- Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program (for advancing the careers of community college students interested in pursuing a biomedical research career)
Funds for Undergraduate Student Research
Kingston-Mann Undergraduate Student Research Awards for Excellence in Diversity/Inclusion Scholarship
The awards competition honors the work of undergraduate students whose research contributes to the scholarship of diversity and inclusion. The awards program is intended to encourage students to discover their potential as researchers. Included are eight colleges and universities from across New England. For information about the award, selections from past award-winning essays, and application forms, please visit www.umb.edu/kmawards.
2013-2014 Annual Research Grant Competition for Undergraduate Students
The Office of the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and the University Honors Program are pleased to call for applications for its Academic Year 2013-2014 Annual Research Grant Competition for Undergraduate Students. These funds assist UMass Boston undergraduate students with expenses that they may incur while conducting research or working on a creative project. The application deadline is Monday, November 18, 2012, by 5:00 pm. Only completed applications will be accepted. Grant awards are expected to be announced by the end of the Fall 2013 semester and distributed during the month of January 2014.
Application Process: Submit the following three documents to: University Honors Program, Campus Center, Room 2002
- Completed Application Form
- A copy of the student's transcript
- A letter of support from the student's faculty sponsor (faculty sponsors, please take special note of the "Eligibility" and "Allowed Uses" sections defined below)
Eligibility: Students from all undergraduate colleges are eligible. Students need not be members of the Honors College. Students are ordinarily expected to have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
Award Amounts: Funding is limited. Grants will not exceed $500.00, and most grants are smaller. In exceptional circumstances, grant requests totaling up to $1000.00 (materials and conferences) may be considered. Students may request funds for expenses that they have already incurred if they can provide receipts. Budget items should be explained, if they are not obvious. See next item. Funding is limited. Grants will not exceed $500.00, and most grants are smaller. In exceptional circumstances, grant requests totaling up to $1000.00 (materials and conferences) may be considered. Students may request funds for expenses that they have already incurred if they can provide receipts. Budget items should be explained, if they are not obvious. See next item.
Allowable Uses of Funds: Categories of need for which funds may be sought include, but are not limited to: purchase of books, purchase of materials for experiments, payments to human subjects, Xeroxing, equipment, travel to archives, and travel to present projects at research conferences. Explain why books must be purchased rather than borrowed from libraries. Explain why materials for experiments are not normally stocked by the laboratory.
With regard to the purchase of materials or equipment, please specify whether payment is to be made by reimbursement to the applicant or to the department or program.
Distribution of Funds: Funds will be distributed either by reimbursing the student for expenses (receipts required), or by transferring the funds directly to a department. Funds must be distributed no later than June 30, 2014.
Presentations at Conferences: The application form asks whether students might apply for funds to present their projects at conferences. They should respond “yes” if they are giving any thought to applying to present, even though they cannot know now whether or not they will be accepted by the conference(s). Moreover, students who may present at a conference should fill out the funding application form now even if they are not asking for any other funding. They should estimate the costs for attending a conference in the space provided.
Decision making process and notification: All funding decisions are made by the Undergraduate Research Committee, a faculty-student committee. Students and/or sponsors may be contacted by the Committee if more information is needed during the process. Students will be notified of the Committee’s decision by e-mail. Decisions are expected by the end of classes in December and funds will be distributed during January 2014. All funds must be distributed by June 30, 2014.
An Application Form and Detailed Instructions for completing and submitting the application are available by clicking on the appropriate link directly below as well as in in the Office of the University Honors Program located in the Campus Center, 2nd floor, room 2002.