URSCI Undergraduate Research Support Awards

The Undergraduate Research Support Award (URSA) program promotes undergraduate research by helping to defray the costs of independent student projects and student travel to professional conferences.  

These grants, up to $500 each, are awarded for: 

  • Approved supplies and equipment for a research project
  • Approved travel to a professional conference, or
  • Travel to a unique resource collection within the continental United States for the purposes of scholarly research.

All full-time undergraduates who have a GPA of at least 2.5 are eligible to apply. A Dominican University faculty member must sponsor the student’s application, though the student is responsible for completing and submitting the application.  

Typically, four to five students receive an URSA grant each semester. This past year, students in the following majors earned grants: chemistry, communications, journalism and sculpture. Two recent examples include: 

  • A student, majoring in sculpture, used her funds to increase her knowledge of mold-making
  • Two chemistry majors are using their funds to attend a professional conference to present posters of their research.

URSA Application

2015-2016 Awardees:

  • Gabrielle Lehmann to compensate participants in a study on color and physical attractiveness.
  • Jenna Greiner, Cathleen Fulmer, Sidney Montano, Saul Medina: to compensate participants in a study on how different types of music affect reading comprehension
  • Evelyn Arreola, Analisa Concepcion, Carlos Monrroy-Tinoco: to compensate participants in a study testing the effectiveness of 3 different study approaches: re-reading, generating questions, and answering questions
  • Adilene Osnaya and Mayra Gaona to attend the Midwestern Psychological Association Conference (May 2016, Chicago IL)

See past URSA recipients for more.