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?

Students who participate in the Young ScholarsCommunity-Based Research, and Sustainability Scholars Grant Programs carry out faculty-mentored research on a full-time basis during the summer.

Our  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 up to 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.

Is your goal to attend graduate school someday?

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 studentsmilitary veterans, and students from underrepresented backgrounds for matriculation into graduate school.

Are you a science or business major?

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.