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The University of St. Thomas offers a variety of grant programs to undergraduate students, including the Young Scholars Grant, the Collaborative Inquiry Grant, the Excel! Research Scholars program, Sustainability Scholars Grants, Community-Based Research Grants, Research Travel Grants, and Conference Travel Grants. Click on the boxes below to find out more about each of these grants and to access weblinks to applications or visit the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program website.

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 2018 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 web page.

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

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

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 web page.

Sustainability Scholars Grant

The Sustainability Scholars Grant program supports undergraduate students from any discipline who wish to complete a major research project focused on sustainability. Awardees are 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 two mentors 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 sustainability-related problem, issue, or solution of interest both to them and their mentors.

This grant program is very similar to the Young Scholars Grants and Community-Based Research Grants programs, with two key differences: Sustainability Scholars Grant projects (1) focus on the long-term environmental, social, economic, and/or justice aspects of stewardship and sustainability, and (2) are guided by two mentores from different fields of expertise, at least one of which is a St. Thomas faculty member.

The goal of this program is to support research collaborations that address long-term environmental sustainability and stewardship by examining the interconnections between human and environmental well-being, broadly defined to include ecological, social, economic, and justice lenses. Every discipline can play a role in the long-term viability of the human-environment relationship.

Examples:

  • Economic implications of climate mitigation versus adaptation on college campuses
  • Identifying patterns between socioeconomic status and availability of farmers markets
  • Feasibility of soil remediation using native plantings
  • Links between availability of fresh vegetables and childhood obesity
  • More walking, less driving through habit disruption and social modeling
  • The role of faith communities in forming climate-related policy


Successful applicants to this program receive a summer stipend of $4,200 and a $700 on-campus housing stipend (if needed) from the end of May to the middle of August. The two mentors will each receive a stipend of $500.

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

More information about this program can be found on the Sustainability Scholars Grants web page.

Community-Based Research Grant

The Community-Based Research Grant Program supports undergraduate students from any discipline who wish to complete a major research project while working with a community partner on a project that contributes in a significant way both to the advancement of student learning as well as the mission of the community organization.

This grant program is very similar to the Young Scholars Grant program, with one key difference: Community-Based Research Grant projects benefit a community organization, a specific population, and/or the community at large.

Community-based research takes place in community settings and involves community partners in the design and implementation of research projects. Such activities should demonstrate respect for the contributions which are made by community partners and should serve the common good as well as respect the principle of "doing no harm" to the communities involved.

Successful applicants to this program receive a summer stipend of $4,200 and a $700 stipend for on-campus housing (if needed) from the end of May to the middle of August.  Recipients are expected to spend a total of 400 hours over 10 weeks working on their research and the resulting project.  This will involve time spent (as applicable and necessary) at their community partner organization and/or with the population that is the focus of their research, as well as time spent on research and development of a final, substantial project.

Students need to be sponsored and supervised by both a faculty mentor and a community mentor, each of whom will receive $500.

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

For more information about the Community-Based Research Grant, please visit its website at: http://www.stthomas.edu/gro/students/summergrants/community.

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.

Research Travel Grant

Please be aware that applications for student research travel grants remain open only as long as funds are available. Qualified applicants are accepted on a first come, first served basis.

The Research Travel Grant program awards individual grants to undergraduate students at the University of St. Thomas who demonstrate a need to travel in order to complete or enhance an individually-mentored-research project. These grants are designed to give students funding to allow them to travel, either domestically or internationally, to locations outside of the Twin Cities in order to complete or enhance their research.

Students may apply for up to $500 plus an additional $250 to match funding obtained from their academic departments.

The amount of each Research Travel Grant depends upon need and funds available, but no grant will exceed $500 plus a $250 match. Eligible applicants are awarded an outright grant of up to $500 (level of funding depends upon projected expenses). In addition, applicants whose projected expenses exceed $500 are strongly encouraged to seek additional funding from their departments to support their travel. The Travel Grant Program will match dollar-for-dollar funds that applicants find from their home department up to an amount of $250. The total possible award from the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program is $750.

**Please keep in mind that this grant reimburses costs related to travel in order to carry out your research. If you would like to apply for a grant that is related to presenting your research, you should apply for a Conference Travel Grant.**

For more information about the Research Travel Grant, please visit its website at: http://www.stthomas.edu/gro/students/travelgrants/researchtravelgrants/

Conference Travel Grant

Please be aware that applications for student conference travel grants remain open only as long as funds are available. Qualified applicants are accepted on a first come, first served basis.

Many undergraduate students at the University of St. Thomas are invited to present their research at academic conferences each year. The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program supports these presentations by offering a limited number of travel grants for undergraduate students. These grants typically provide funding for air and ground transportation, lodging, meeting registration, meals, and other expenses directly related to the student's attendance at an academic conference. These grants are paid as a reimbursement of actual expenses, after a student has completed his or her travel.*

IMPORTANT: Applications for Student Travel Grants must be received at least 14 calendar days prior to departure.

The amount of each Student Travel Grant depends upon need and funds available. Students may apply for up to $500, plus an additional $250 to match funding obtained from their academic departments. If you are an eligible applicant, you will receive an initial award of up to $500, based on the budget of projected expenses that you will provide during the application process. If your projected expenses exceed $500, you are strongly encouraged to seek additional funding from your department. If your department is willing to contribute, this Travel Grant Program will match your department's funds dollar-for-dollar, up to an additional $250.

Undergraduate students participating in this grant program are responsible for understanding the full scope of the grant, including deadlines and application materials required, and are also responsible for leading/managing the application and reimbursement process. BEFORE YOU APPLY‌, please ensure that you have read the Travel Grant Policies portion of this website, as well as the information that is provided about the Reimbursement Process.

*If it is a financial hardship for you to pay for expenses up-front and be reimbursed, you encouraged to contact Laura Bru (laura.bru@stthomas.edu or 651-962-6033) to discuss alternative options. It is typically against our policy to pay for travel in advance for students, but we may be able to arrange for some expenses to be prepaid by your department or another source. Please be aware that we are unable to provide students with cash in advance for meals, transportation, or any other anticipated expenses.

For more information about the Conference Travel grant, please visit its website at: http://www.stthomas.edu/gro/students/travelgrants/conferencetravelgrants/