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Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate Research Center

Faculty Partners

Please read and discuss your student's proposal prior to writing your endorsement.

Letter of Recommendation

Faculty partners, please submit a letter of endorsement addressing:

  1.  the quality of the project,
  2.  the student's preparation for undertaking it, including any comments or concerns regarding the student's academic record as it relates to the project, and
  3.  your intended role as a partner in the project (recognizing that some partnerships will be minimal).
  4. if you have worked with the student before, please indicate if this is a new endeavor or a continuation of a previous project. If it is a continuation, please explain the new questions being explored.

Please submit a Word or Pdf. document via email, or as part of the student's application, to urc@du.edu by the application deadline.

A faculty member can only partner with three students maximum during any given grant period.

PINS cannot fund DU tuition, Service Learning classes, lessons or student stipends. Summer grants can fund stipends.

PINS operates on a reimbursement system. Students are responsible for purchasing their own supplies and will receive a reimbursement with the proper documents. The URC office will not order or purchase supplies. A department or faculty member may purchase supplies for the student, in which case the URC office can do a budget transfer. Please contact the URC Coordinator, Holly MacKenzie (holly.mackenzie@du.edu or 871-4301) if you have any questions about budget policies.  

Any supplies purchased become property of the department and will be given to the department at the conclusion of the project. Applicants understand that products generated through this grant will be considered the result of"substantial University assistance" subject to the university's intellectual property guidelines. 

All project related expenses must be turned into the URC office:

  • For PinS- according to the timeline submitted (June 1, 2014 at the latest)
  • For Student Scholar Travel Fund-30 days after travel
  • For Summer Research grants- Mid-August

If your department is purchasing supplies, please contact Holly MacKenzie to discuss payment or reimbursement options.

If you are a faculty partner to a student receiving a stipend in the Summer Research Grant:

You are responsible for making sure your student is working the number of hours indicated in their stipend request. If the student is not working their hours, please contact the URC office. Students are not eligible to begin work until they fill out the necessary paperwork and pass a background check, supplied by the URC coordinator.

If you have any questions, please contact Holly MacKenzie at holly.mackenzie@du.edu or 303-871-4301.