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Undergraduate Research Center

Enhancing the Undergraduate Experience Through Collaborative Research

covid-19 update

The most current information on research protocols in the COVID-19 environment are available here:

We will be able to issue research grants this year. However, the University has made the decision that to protect your safety we can only fund research that will happen remotely and respecting current social distancing requirements.

  • Research involving travel: international and domestic travel is prohibited until restrictions are lifted, and the URC cannot award grants for travel until it is deemed safe.
  • Research involving human subjects: the URC requires IRB approval before any funds will be released. The IRB will consider how your research protocol protects your safety and the safety of your research participants. This may involve interacting with people remotely via zoom etc. or other measures to keep you and your participants safe.
  • Lab research: only essential personnel are allowed in labs, and only essential research laboratories and facilities remain open. If you are proposing to work in a lab, you will need to show evidence that you have permission to be in the lab and will need to discuss your lab's plan to respect social distancing requirements before the URC can disperse funds.

At the end of your proposal, please include your Research Compliance determination letter and/or a discussion of how you will conduct your research so that you comply with social distancing restrictions.

If you have a project that can be conducted according to these guidelines, then we would be delighted to receive your applications by January 20th at 11:59 PM MST. 

More information on how to apply can be found here:

Winter Pins update

The Winter PinS deadline is January 20, 2021, at 11:59 PM MST. Please have all of your materials in by this time or you will not be considered for a grant.

Proposal Writing Assistance:

The Writing Center has created a page of resources for all students interested in submitting a PinS proposal for the Winter 2021 cycle. These resources include the recording of the "How to Write a Research Proposal" workshop, handouts, sample proposals, and much more.

Brad Benz will facilitate a Zoom workshop on Friday, January 15, at 12 PM MST. Please message if you are interested in attending the Zoom workshop and we will provide the link.

What is undergraduate research? what is the urc? 

Undergraduate research is "an inquiry or investigation conducted by an undergraduate student that makes an original intellectual or creative contribution to the discipline," (Council on Undergraduate Research). The Undergraduate Research Center provides educational resources and funding to help students develop their research skills. The URC has supported students from all majors and departments. Some examples of previous research topics are: 

  • how cities rebuild after natural disasters or economic crises
  • the expression of multiracial identity
  • the development of prosthetic limbs for amputees
  • the creation of a medical mirror to track vital signs in patients
  • improved water quality in Thailand
  • pollution fighting effects of trees


The Undergraduate Research Center (URC) is devoted to enabling experiential learning opportunities for undergraduates by facilitating students' investigations that make original intellectual or creative contributions within and across disciplines. The URC directly advances the University's mission to promote learning, community, and scholarship by engaging with students in advancing scholarly inquiry, cultivating critical and creative thought across disciplines, and generating knowledge.