Undergraduate Research Grant Program

The Undergraduate Research Program is designed to provide financial support to undergraduate students for research and scholarly activities related to their program of studies to enable them to better understand the scientific process, experience discovery, develop their analytical and communication skills, and become consumers of research. This university-wide program has supported laboratory research, field activities, art projects, written works, and computer applications and is funded by the Shippensburg University Foundation.

Undergraduate students are encouraged to submit applications for independent research to be conducted during the academic year and summer months. Also, they are encouraged to write and publish papers describing their research and to submit proposals for presentation at national, regional and international conferences.

  • 2016/2017 Call for Proposals: Please review for complete program details and instructions.
  • Proposals will be accepted starting September 1, 2016
  • Application Deadline: Sunday, October 9, 2016 by 11:59 PM
  • Award Notification: First Week of November 2016.
  • Grants are available to reimburse costs associated with conducting or disseminating results of extracurricular research and scholarly activities occurring between Nov. 2016 and Aug. 15, 2017. (For conference travel between Sept. 1 and Oct. 31, 2016 contact the IPSSP office at psbuch@ship.edu.)
  • Please Note: UGR Grants will be awarded on a COMPETITIVE BASIS.
  • Go to https://ship.infoready4.com/# and login using your Shippensburg University username and password. (Call IPSSP, 477-1251, for technical assistance.)
  • Select “Undergraduate  Research Grant Program” shown in the list of open competitions.
  • Read over the program details including the full Call for Proposals.
  • Select the APPLY button at the top right under the heading “Application Tools” when you are ready to apply.
  • Complete all of the required elements, uploading required PDF docs as requested.
  • You will be asked to upload PDFs of the following:
    • Project Narrative: We recommend that you organize your project narrative around the categories identified on the scoring rubric. Please respond to each of the categories separately and specifically.
    • Budget:( Excel Format)
    • Faculty Adviser Letter of Support:
    • IRB or IACUC Clearance Letter: if applicable to your project.

      • When Humans are used in Research: Shippensburg University complies with federal regulations regarding the use of human subjects in research. This means that any project using humans must gain the approval of the SU Committee on Research with Human Subjects before any data is collected. For help in submitting a proposal to the Committee on Research with Human Subjects go to http://www.ship.edu/research/.

      • When Animals are used in Research: Student research that includes the use of live animals must seek the approval of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee before the project commences. Contact Dr. Kathryn Potoczak at kmpoto@ship.edu, for detailed information on the procedure for gaining this approval.
  • Questions regarding the Undergraduate Research Grant Program contact Pam Bucher at psbuch@ship.edu or call 717-477-1251.

Past UGR Funded Proposals:  He hope the below links to past UGR funded proposals are helpful in the preparation of your UGR proposal.

  • SU Minds@Work Conference: Students funded through the Undergraduate Research Grant Program are required to present their research results at the 4/25/2017 conference.
  • Library Research Award
    • The Ezra Lehman Library will present the Library Research Award to the undergraduate student researcher who writes the best literature review as a part of her or his undergraduate research with a faculty mentor.
    • The Library will present a $1000 first prize award and a $500 honorable mention award.
    • Students interested in the Library Research Award must complete a separate application. (More information at http://library.ship.edu/friendly.php?s=lra)