By providing research funding opportunities to undergraduate, minority students, the CALS Diversity Committee encourages underrepresented individuals (African-American, Native American, and Hispanic) to conduct independent research under the mentorship of a faculty member in the college. This program helps to create an environment that fosters close faculty-student relationships and promotes student experience with the research process; such exposure often enhances student direction and may lead to career opportunities.
Funding is available to faculty mentors to defray a portion of the cost associated with materials for student research. Typical awards are about $500, depending on the requests and available funding. New funds become available in the fall of each year, but students may apply at any time, including for summer research. Although there is no deadline for requests, applications are awarded only until the funds are exhausted.
Students may obtain an application for funding independent research in 140 Roberts Hall or may download an electronic version below. Completed applications should be returned to Don Viands in 174 Roberts Hall. Students who wish to receive academic credit for independent research must also register using the CALS Special Studies form available online.