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After much consideration last year, the Undergraduate Biology Program has decided to institute a new policy with regard to Undergraduate Research and Travel awards. ‡ In lieu of having a hard deadline for these awards, students are encouraged to apply for funds when appropriate, and the Scholarship and Awards Committee will review them on a case-by-case basis. Students will be asked to submit their applications online and alert the Undergraduate Biology Office or Trevor Rivers when done.

‡ includes funding from one or more of the following: The Del and Carol Shankel Biomedical Fund; The Howieson Opportunity Fund; The Paul A. Kitos Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Biochemical Research

Your letter writer will be informed of your choice so that they can proceed with writing your letter accordingly. In general, waiving your right to access your letter can result in a more candid letter from your referee.

Funding is available for students who are engaged in undergraduate research or are planning to participate in research, with funds targeted towards assisting students with the costs associated with conducting research, traveling to academic/scientific conferences, and traveling to off-campus research laboratories or field research sites.

To apply, please submit the following (in addition to the required information in the above application form):

  • One-page description of your research project
  • One-page brief explanation of how receiving funding would assist you in your research and a budget that should include an estimate of your total expenses (if applicable; e.g., for travel to a conference, a budget should include your registration fee, airfare or mileage, meals, lodging, etc.).  Please note amounts of other sources/potential sources of funding (e.g., Undergraduate Research Award from the Center for Undergraduate Research)
  • Your letter of recommendation should be from your faculty sponsor, supporting your use of this particular funding
Required - Please combine the above in one file. Accepted file types: .pdf, .doc, .docx
Files must be less than 20 MB.
Allowed file types: txt rtf pdf doc docx.

You may address questions to: Trevor Rivers, Assistant Teaching Professor, Undergraduate Biology Program, 2019 Haworth Hall, (trivers@ku.edu). Questions also may be addressed to Angela Gere, Undergraduate Biology, 2045 Haworth Hall, 864-5885 (AGere@ku.edu). 

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