Student Research

Student Research is one of the four primary branches of Beyond the Classroom activities at the Honors College. The Honors College offers funding for undergraduate research across disciplines in order to promote intellectual growth and to encourage excellence in scholarship.

Over the course of their four years in the Honors College, students are eligible to apply for a total $4,500 in Student Research funding.

Student Research funding includes SURF, Exploration, and Senior Thesis support. Additional support is available for research-related travel. SURF and Exploration research funds are awarded as a student stipend. Please note, however, that SURF and Exploration funds may not be used to support senior thesis research while you are enrolled in SCHC 499 or another senior thesis class. Projects supported by undergraduate research funds may later be developed into a senior thesis, but students seeking financial support during the senior thesis process should apply for a senior thesis grant.

Interested in applying for an Honors College SURF or Exploration grant?  If so, please be sure to carefully read the following requirements.

Please note, all students are required to attend a workshop each time they plan to submit a grant application (even if the application is for a renewal of an existing grant).  In addition, all students are required to schedule an individual meeting with Dr.Alexander after attending the workshop. Due to the tentative advisement schedule, students will be asked to sign up to meet with Dr.Alexander the weeks of April 3 and April 10. There will be an appointment book placed outside of Dr.Alexander’s office following the last workshop held (March 1).  Grant meetings cannot be scheduled through Genbook or any other electronic method, students will need to sign up in the appointment book on the table outside of Room 224, Harper College.  
We strongly urge interested candidates to keep checking this page regarding workshop dates and grant deadlines, as these may be subject to change depending upon the finalization of the University dates for Spring advisement.  Please see below for additional information.

All SURF and Exploration Grant Workshops will be held in the Gressette Room, 3rd floor, Harper College on the following dates and times:
Monday, February 27, 4pm
Tuesday, February 28, 7pm
Wednesday, March 1, 12pm

Due dates for final grant applications:
Grants are due on April 17 for students wishing to begin their funding in June/July 2017
Grants are due on April 28 for students wishing to begin their funding in the Fall 2017

Undergraduate Research Funding Opportunities


The following programs offer funding opportunities for undergraduate research:

  • Exploration Scholars Program for students in arts, music, humanities, journalism, or any other field dealing with more qualitative or exploratory scholarship methods. Business, law, public health, social work, education and other currently under-represented fields for undergraduate scholarship may also apply under this program.
  • Science Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program (SURF) for students in science, technology, engineering, mathematics or related fields.
  • Senior Thesis Grant funding for extraordinary equipment and supplies for senior thesis.  Please see senior thesis grant description.
  • Scholarly Research Presentation Travel Support Program partial travel support for students who are presenting scholarly research at an academic conference. Not to support study abroad or senior thesis. See Megan Campbell, Harper 221, for more information and an application.

For a list of past grant recipients, click here.

Important Dates

Spring Application Deadlines:
Monday, April 17th, 2017 for students who would like to start receiving funds in Summer 2017.
Friday, April 28th, 2017 for students who would like to start receiving funds in Fall 2017.

Application Workshop (Required)

Three workshops are held prior to each deadline. Attendance of ONE workshop is required before applying for a SURF or Exploration grant. These workshops are for both SURF and Exploration applicants.

There is NO registration required.

Each workshop will last approximately 30 to 45 minutes.

If you are unable to attend any of the workshops due to class conflicts, please contact Dr. Alexander at at least one month prior to the first scheduled workshop.

Spring Workshops:

  • Monday, February 27th, 2017, 4:00 PM (Gressette Room)
  • Tuesday, February 28th, 2017, 7:00 PM (Gressette Room)
  • Wednesday, March 1st, 2017, 12:00 PM (Gressette Room)


Application Appointments


After you have attended one of the research workshops, you are required to meet with Dr. Alexander before you will be allowed to submit your application.

Forms and Documents

Research Contract
Research Grant Application SURF/Exploration
Independent Scholarship Funding Timesheet

For additional information, please contact:
Susan Alexander, Ph.D.
Director Undergraduate Research


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