Endowment Goals

The Advancement of Undergraduate Research in the Sciences Fund has four awards of increasing support for undergraduates. These awards and a brief description are as follows:

  1. Best Departmental Thesis Award - $10,100 Endowed Level
    1. This award serves to encourage excellence in scientific writing, completing undergraduate research projects, and the publication of completed scientific research.
    2. $100 will be awarded for the best thesis in the Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Computer Science and Mathematics Departments for a total of $500 each year. Preference will be given to student theses which contain published results.
  2. Research Support for One Semester - $60,600 Endowed Level
    1. This award serves to pay undergraduates for a suggested 20 hours of research per week for 15 weeks during the course of a single semester for a total of $2500.
    2. Students shall have a minimum GPA of 3.0; be of any standing with a preference shown to freshmen and sophomores; and complete an application judged by a committee.
    3. A final report is required upon completion of the funded period.
  3. Research Support for One Summer - $131,300 Endowed Level
    1. This award serves to pay undergraduates for a suggested 40 hours of research per week for 10 weeks during the course of a single summer for a total of $3500.
    2. Students shall have a minimum GPA of 3.0; be of any standing with a preference shown to freshmen and sophomores; and complete an application judged by a committee.
    3. A final report is required upon completion of the funded period.
  4. Research Support for One Year - $303,000 Endowed Level
    1. This award serves to pay undergraduates for a full year of research (combining two semester awards and one summer award) for a total of $8500.
    2. Students shall have a minimum GPA of 3.0; be of any standing with a preference shown to freshmen and sophomores; and complete an application judged by a committee.
    3. A final report is required upon completion of the funded period.
If, during any given year there are no qualified candidates, the award funds shall be added to the principal of the endowment. The committee of judges shall be composed of a faculty member from each department in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. The faculty member will be selected by the chair of the department and shall be actively engaged in research with undergraduates exemplified by publishing peer-reviewed research and presenting research at local, regional, and national conferences.

Award application and final report guidelines are available here. A copy of the endowment memorandum of understanding which describes the fund, the awards and guidelines more fully is available here. If there are any questions about the award application or final report guidelines please contact William V. Slaton in the UCA physics department.

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