Which Research Grant or Program is Right for You?
The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program provides several different types of grants to help support research at UST. Most of our research grants are open to all students, regardless of academic discipline, and include a faculty-mentored research experience that lasts either one semester or summer. A couple of our research grant programs have special purposes and/or eligibility requirements. A few of our other grants cover supplemental needs such as funding for travel expenses or housing.
Here are a few questions to get you started as you consider which of our programs may be right for you:
Would you prefer to carry out your research full-time in the summer, or part-time during the academic year?
Our Excel Research Scholars also work on faculty-mentored research projects full-time during the summer, in addition to participating in other seminars on topics like presentation skills and the graduate school application process, as well as other activities.
Graduate students participating in the Graduate Research Team Grants Program carry out full-time research over an extended period during the summer.
Students in the Collaborative Inquiry Grant Program carry out their faculty-mentored research on a part-time basis during the academic year.
The teams participating in the Mayo Innovation Scholars Program also work on their projects part-time during the academic year.
While all of our undergraduate research grant programs will help prepare you for graduate school, one program in particular was designed with that goal in mind. Based on the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program, UST's Excel Research Scholars Program prepares first-generation college students, military veterans, and students from underrepresented backgrounds for matriculation into graduate school.
Most of our grant programs are open to students from ALL academic disciplines - and we encourage students in the humanities as well as the sciences to apply. In addition, UST participates in the Mayo Innovation Scholars Program, which is a unique opportunity for teams of undergraduate and graduate students to conduct research on on new product ideas and innovations developed by physicians and other professionals at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. To be eligible for the Mayo Innovation Scholars Program, you must be an undergraduate majoring in science or business/economics, or a graduate business student.
With the Community-Based Research Program, students have the opportunity to partner with a community organization to complete a major research project that seeks to benefit the community organization, a specific population, and/or the community at large. Students from all undergraduate majors are eligible for this grant.
Conference Travel Grants are available to undergraduate students who are accepted present their research at academic conferences. Students may apply for up to $500 plus an additional $250 to match funding obtained from their academic departments. In addition, Research Travel Grants are available to students who need to travel in order to carry out their research. That grant also offers up to $500 plus an additional $250 to match funding obtained from a student's academic department.
The goal of the Excel! Research Scholars Program is to encourage degree-seeking, first-generation college students, students with U.S. military status, and students of color at the University of St. Thomas, Concordia University-St. Paul, Hamline University, Macalester College, or St. Catherine University to pursue their graduate degrees. Eligible undergraduate students are enriched with education and preparation for graduate study, which includes research experience, graduate school seminars, graduate admission exam training, writing assistance, and presentation training.
The Summer Housing Grant Program provides funding to offset the cost of on-campus summer housing for students who are engaged in faculty-mentored research at the University of St. Thomas.