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Undergraduate Student Research Initiative


Undergraduate Student Research Initiative

The Undergraduate Research Initiative (URI) encourages undergraduate students in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities to carry out research and other creative activities in collaboration with faculty members. With the support of this fund, the College aims to help undergraduate students develop or enhance research competencies, including formulating research questions, developing a theoretical framework, defining the scope of a project and writing a proposal, developing a literature review, collecting data, conducting analysis, and writing up results.

Support can be used for a variety of activities including the purchase of data or software, trips to archives, library cards, preparation of materials for presentation, etc. Under certain circumstances, it may be appropriate to award students funding for their work. Students must conduct research with a faculty member; however, that faculty member need not be in the student’s home department, program or school.

Undergraduate Research Initiative Application Form

Eligibility: Any undergraduate major in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities is eligible. URI awards will not be awarded to students who receive other funding for the same projects, unless such funding is partial, in which case the award will cover only expenses that are not funded by other sources. Students must note in their application if they have applied to other funding sources and notify Chris Gallagher immediately if they have success in securing such funding.

Details of Award:

  • Amount awarded will be up to $1500.
  • Award may aid any stage of the project.
  • Eligible requests include, but are not restricted to, materials and supplies, aid in data collection, or dissemination of work.
  • Successful applicants will be reimbursed based upon submission of original receipts.
  • Successful applicants must submit a brief progress report to Associate Dean Chris Gallagher (c.gallagher@neu.edu) at the end of the eighth week of the first semester of funding and a final report at the conclusion of the student’s participation in the research project.
  • Successful applicants are strongly encouraged to present their work at an on-campus venue such as RISE.

Deadline: There are three funding cycles: March 15 for funding beginning Summer and Fall semesters; July 31 for funding beginning Fall semester; and October 31 for funding beginning Spring semester.

Application Process: Fill out the application form and submit to Rosie McLaughlin (r.mclaughlin@neu.edu) via email. The application must be signed by both the student and the sponsoring faculty member.

Review Process: All applications will be reviewed by a faculty committee. The committee will be looking for:

  • clearly described research projects, including timelines;
  • well defined student contributions and expected benefits;
  • significant anticipated outcomes;
  • and appropriate and detailed budget rationales.

Decisions will be made within three weeks of the application deadline.

Application materials consist of:

1) Application form, completed by the student and signed by the faculty member;

2) Itemized budget;

3) Comprehensive resume from the student.

Please make and submit a single pdf.