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The Undergraduate Research Program supports undergraduate research in the form of three different grants. Students interested in learning more about each grant should click on each option listed below. Additionally, students are encouraged to meet with the Sponsored Programs staff and/or Dr. Jennifer McCullough, Director of UGRP.

Apply for the following opportunities by accessing the application database at http://svsu.infoready4.com/CompetitionSpace.

FACULTY-LED GRANT

The SVSU faculty-led grant provides students with the opportunity to conduct research alongside a faculty mentor. Students who are chosen to work on a faculty led grant can receive funding at a rate of $9/hr for up to $1,000 per academic semester (fall and winter) and/or $2,500 per spring-summer semester. Students may be hired for one semester or multiple semesters for a maximum of one year. Students can learn more about current projects being funded by faculty-led grants by clicking research possibilities. Students can apply for positions to work with faculty on faculty-led grants by going to Cardinal Career Network Sign-in.

Due Date: By 4:30 pm on October 31 and March 15 yearly or next business day if the due date falls on the weekend.

STUDENT-LED GRANT

The SVSU student-led grant provides students with the opportunity to conduct their own research. With the support of a faculty mentor, students can receive up to $5,000. These funds can support a student salary of up to $1,000 per semester (for no more than two semesters) as well as research materials/supplies. Students earning academic credit for their research are not eligible to earn a salary. To learn more about the SVSU student-led grant and/or to apply, download Student-led Application Form (25kB) instructions.  The Toupin Example (222kB) is provided as reference.

Due Date: By 4:30 pm on October 31 and March 15 yearly or next business day if the due date falls on the weekend.

MINI STUDENT-LED GRANT

The purpose of this grant is to provide a small amount of seed money for students to initiate their own research in a timely fashion. With the support of a faculty mentor, students in all disciplines are eligible. Projects can receive funding up to $250. Funding may be used for research supplies, special training fees, software licenses, and some incentives (see grant application for incentive requirements). Applications are reviewed on a monthly basis. To learn more about the SVSU mini student-led grant and/or to apply, download Mini Student-led Instructions (96kB). 

Due Date: Applications are due the first of the month, every month. Once submitted, your proposal will be evaluated by your faculty mentor (designated by applicant) and department chair (coinciding with applicant’s major). Upon approval, the UGRP committee will review. Decisions will be emailed by the end of the month if not before.

STUDENT-TRAVEL GRANT

The SVSU student-travel grant provides students with up to $1,500 of funding to travel to academic and professional conferences to present their original research. To learn more about the SVSU student-travel grant and/or apply, download Student-travel Application Form (29kB) instructions. Additionally, please review the Student-travel Sample Budget (13kB) and Example Student-travel Application (82kB).  All students applying to student-travel grant must also apply for an IELD (40kB) grant from the Student Association.

Limit: One Student-Travel Grant allowed per student throughout SVSU career, maximum funding of up to $1,500

Due Date: Applications for student Travel Grants are reviewed on the first of the month, each month. Notification will be emailed by the 15th of the month if not before.

FRAHM AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH GRANT

The Frahm Agricultural Research Grant supports and encourages students and faculty at Saginaw Valley State University to engage in agricultural research and add to the growing body of information archived by the Saginaw County Agricultural Society that will be housed at the agricultural museum. The Society has already amassed an impressive collection of antique tools and equipment, and is striving to both centralize and increase this important collection of artifacts and informational materials documenting and advancing regional agriculture.

To learn more about the Frahm Agricultural Research Grant and/or to apply, download Frahm Agricultural Research Grant - Student (17kB) instructions.

Due Date: Applications are currently being accepted, no due date.