Research & Writing Opportunities

Young Scholars Grant

The Young Scholars grant program awards individual grants to undergraduate students at the University of St. Thomas who are interested in spending an entire summer working full time (40 hours per week for 10 weeks, or 400 hours total during the grant period) with a professor on a significant research project or creative activity. These grants are designed to give students the time and resources they need for meaningful reflection and in-depth inquiry into a problem or issue of interest both to them and their faculty mentor. Students from all academic disciplines are eligible to apply.

Successful applicants to this program receive a summer stipend of $4,000 and a $700 on-campus housing stipend (if needed) from the end of May to the middle of August. Faculty mentors will receive a stipend of $750.

Applications for research projects to be carried out over summer 2017 are due by 4:30 pm on Friday, February 16, 2018.

The grant application and additional information can be found on the Young Scholars Grant website.


Excel! Research Scholars Program

The Excel! Research Scholars Program is a post-baccalaureate achievement program that prepares undergraduate students for successful completion of the baccalaureate degree, while preparing them to apply to, be competitive for, and excel in graduate school. Excel! Research Scholars are committed to social change and seek to achieve social justice through scholarship and research. This program is aimed towards students who will be juniors or seniors in the 2017-2018 academic year.

As an Excel! Research Scholar, you will:

  • Complete a research project under the guidance of a faculty mentor and present your findings at local and national conferences.
  • Receive advanced research, writing, and presentation training, Graduate Record Exam preparation, academic and career coaching, and assistance in applying to graduate school.   
  • Receive room and board on the University of St. Thomas campus during an 8-week Summer Research Institute.
  • Earn a $3,500 merit-based stipend, paid throughout the summer and academic year.
  • Receive up to $1,000 in reimbursement for visits to potential graduate schools.

Applications are encouraged from individuals who are first-generation college students. The program defines first-generation college students as those students whose biological parents do not have a four-year degree. If either parent has a 2-year degree the student is still eligible. It also encourages applications from individuals from groups traditionally underrepresented in research careers in the sciences, social sciences and humanities in the academic, public, or private sectors, including students who identify as first-generation and or African American, Hispanic American, American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, and other Pacific Islander.

Applications are due by 4:30pm on January 19, 2018.

The program application and other information can be found on the Excel! Research Scholars Program website.


Collaborative Inquiry Grant

Are you interested in digging deep into research with a faculty mentor? The Collaborative Inquiry Grant program gives you the opportunity to do that on a part-time basis (approximately 10 hours per week / 100 hours in a semester) during the academic year. Grants are offered in both the fall and spring semesters.

The purpose of this grant program is to give students the freedom of time so that they are able to delve into the world of research: either learning how to do research or continuing and honing skills already acquired. This intensive educational experience is meant to complement, enhance, and deepen what is being learned in the traditional classroom. Students from all academic disciplines are invited to apply.

Student grantees receive a stipend of $1,000 for the semester. Faculty collaborators receive $500.

Applications for research projects to be carried out should be submitted either by November 3, 2017 (for research during the upcoming spring 2018 semester) or in April (for research during the fall 2018 semester).

The program application and other information can be found on the Collaborative Inquiry Grant website.


Undergraduate Fellowship for Research on Topics on Women and/or Gender-Related Issues

The Luann Dummer Center for Women is pleased to offer an undergraduate fellowship to students who will conduct research on women and/or gender-related issues. This award has been offered since the 1996-1997 academic year.

Proposals are accepted from students in all academic disciplines who will be juniors or seniors during the year of the fellowship. Students must be enrolled at UST during most or all of this time period. The grant recipient can complete his or her research during the 2017-2018 academic year, but it is encouraged to be completed during the summer of 2017.

Students who apply must secure a faculty sponsor; present research questions and goals, along with a timetable; demonstrate knowledge of current literature and research methods; and, indicate how the proposed research fits into the student’s development as a research scholar. A $4,000 stipend will be awarded to the student to support work on the project, and a $1,500 stipend will be provided to the faculty sponsor.

Applications are due by Friday, March 16, 2018.

The program application and other information about the Undergraduate Fellowship can be found on the Luann Dummer Center for Women website.

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