All STEM Students Impacted in 5 Years

Research Exposure Opportunities provide an infrastructure to ensure research experiences for all students. The program aims to:

  • Increase infrastructure to support undergraduate research, including coordination of summer programs and the addition of more departmental faculty liaisons to the Office of Undergraduate Research.
  • Increase departmental courses that support research skills related to writing, analyzing scientific literature, and presenting to peers and non-science audiences.
  • Develop mentored team research projects for one-credit courses.
  • Create University Research Week to shine a spotlight on the value of research in all disciplines.
  • Support Undergraduate Research Consultant Team (URCT) program to (1) provide students with the opportunity for inquiry and discovery in the context of real-world cutting edge research, and (2) foster interactions between disciplines.





RRS courses can be stand-alone courses or students in RRS courses can be enrolled in a research-intensive undergraduate research course and enroll in an additional 1-credit recitation section that will meet weekly in group settings similar to “journal club” or “research group” meetings.  Course could be organized around a specific area of research or may be more general.  The goals for student learning include critical analysis of scholarly literature, scholarly writing, and oral communication of research.

Award Amount:  Awards will provide up to $3,000 in salary support for course instructors (i.e. overload for faculty or stipend support for postdoctoral fellows) that also attend a year-long faculty learning community.

Application Deadline:  Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at 5:00PM

Download the Research Related Skills Courses Application and instructions.


URCT’s are small “strike teams” of students from multiple disciplines who execute well-defined, one semester projects guided by a faculty advisor. Students will register for a 1-credit course (IDST 195) under the supervision of the faculty advisor as part of the award.

Award Amount:  Awards will provide up to $5,000 per team to cover costs of conducting the project (e.g. supplies, travel, etc.), graduate research assistant support, and/or faculty adviser support.

Application Deadline: Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at 5:00PM

Download the URCT-Application and instructions.