Center for Scholarly Engagement

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 Program

  • 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 per week.
  • 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 this program.
  • 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 Program

  • 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 proposal
  • 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.

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