Undergraduate Student Research Program (USRP)
The Undergraduate Student Research Program provides financial
support for undergraduate students in the sciences to collaborate
on research projects with a faculty mentor. The funding for this
program is provided by the Fairbanks Foundation.
All eligible undergraduates undertaking research in the sciences
are encouraged to apply for a $2,500 stipend to support a research
project through the academic year (students will only receive one
award during their tenure at Butler University). The definition of
science is sufficiently broad to encompass natural, social, and
mathematical sciences. If there are questions about whether the
project falls within this definition please contact the CHASE
office at 940-9581.
Student Information for the Undergraduate Student Research
- Students who are interested need to find a faculty mentor and
discuss a possible project.
- The proposal includes a proposed project title, abstract,
significance of project, methods, progression, pertinent
literature, personal narrative and an evaluation/culmination.
The proposal should be a maximum of 6 pages (single-spaced is
OK). Your cover page and reference (bibliography) section do not
count against the page limit.
- Stipend will be $2500 for the year.
- Faculty mentor receives $1000 for professional allowance for
support of the project or for professional development.
- The program entails approximately 10 to 12 hours of research
- Work accomplished through this program can be used as part of
an honors thesis.
- Students working on an honors thesis for no credit can apply to
- To be eligible for this program, students doing research for
credit will be required to do an additional 10-12 hours of research
above that which they are presently doing.
Mentor Information for the Undergraduate Student Research
- Assist student with development of research project
- Review finished proposal prior to submission to ensure that it
meets PUR committee review standards
- Write a letter of recommendation that will include a review of
the student's preparation to fulfill the requirements of the
- Mentor student throughout the academic year (student research
expectation is approximately 12 hours/week)
- Receive a $1000 professional development award. Funds to be
expended on student research-related activities or professional
development activities for the mentor.