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Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program

 

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The application period for the 2017-2018 fellowship year is now closed.

Program Information

Type of Fellowships
  • The program offers year-long, semester-long, and summer fellowships.
  • Fellowships can be conducted on campus or off campus, like in national or specialized laboratories, or abroad.
  • Year-long fellowships begin in the summer and extend through the spring semester.
  • One-semester fellowships can be conducted in any semester.
  • Length of fellowship offered varies by college/school.
Eligibility
  • Students must be currently enrolled at Auburn University.
  • Students must have time to complete their fellowship term before graduation.
  • Students may not hold an undergraduate research fellowship from more than one Auburn University program concurrently.
  • Fellowships are open to students in every major and of every classification (freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior.)
  • Engineering Students: All students applying for a fellowship in the College of Engineering must submit a letter of intent by November 18, 2016. Learn more about this requirement and submit your letter of intent to Auburn Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program.
How to Apply
  • A student and faculty mentor should apply as a pair by submitting a joint application.
    • 2017-2018 URFP Application Word Doc
    • 2017-2018 URFP Application PDF
  • Students must outline their research interests and long-term goals. They will be asked to describe their research question and research plan.
  • In addition to the application,a letter of recommendation from a faculty member or the student's faculty mentor must also be submitted to undgres@auburn.edu
  • Engineering Students: All students applying for a fellowship in the College of Engineering must submit a letter of intent by November 18, 2016. Learn more about this requirement and submit your letter of intent Auburn Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program.
Fellowship Requirements
Program Expectations
  • Specific expectations of the fellowship and fellow will be outlined by the college or school offering the fellowship.
  • All fellows will attend an orientation session in which program requirements are explained.
  • Fellows will be asked to provide periodic reports of their research progress each semester.
  • Fellows are required to give a presentation at the annual "This is Research: Student Symposium."
  • At the end of the fellowship, students will submit an abstract, resume, fellowship summary, and a program evaluation.
  • Fellows are required to submit a research highlight or an article to the Auburn University Journal of Undergraduate Scholarship (AUJUS).
  • Any fellow that does not follow these requirements is subject to fellowship revocation.

 

Fellow Activities

Fellows will be invited to participate in informal gatherings throughout the fellowship year to discuss their research activities and other topics of mutual interest. Both fellows and mentors may be asked to participate in presentations that describe their current research activities. In addition to presenting at annual Auburn University research events, fellows are also encouraged to present papers at regional or national meetings.

Faculty Mentors
  • Faculty who are interested in being a mentor to an undergraduate student should be committed to teaching the student, on a one-to-one basis, how to perform research.
  • As part of the application, faculty mentors will provide a statement describing the proposed research activity and a proposed budget for the student's research.
  • Faculty mentors are expected to spend a minimum of one hour per week with the fellow during an academic semester and/or at least two hours per week during the summer.
Funding

One Year Fellowships:
Fellowship Stipend: Amount up to $4,500. Project funds: Up to $1500.

  • Time Expectation:
    • During Summer: 35-40 hours/week for up to 10 weeks
    • During Fall and Spring: 8 - 10 hours/week

Semester Fellowships (Fall and Spring):

  • Fellowship stipend: Amount up to $1,500/semester. Project funds: up to $500.
  • Time Expectation: During Fall and Spring: 8 - 10 hours/week

Summer Fellowships

  • Fellowship stipend: Amount up to $3,000. Project funds: up to $1000.
  • Time Expectation: 35-40 hours/week for up to 10 weeks
Governance

Support for the program is provided by the Provost’s Office, the Office of the Vice President for Research, and the colleges and schools of Auburn University. The program is administered jointly by the Director of Undergraduate Research and the Associate Deans of participating schools and colleges.

A Steering Committee shall advise the Associate Provost and Vice President for Research on the programmatic activities and policies of the Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program. The Steering Committee will be composed of representatives from each college or school.

Materials for Fellows

Fellowship Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

When can I apply?

Applications are typically due early February for the following year. Check back to see when applications become available.

If I have already received a fellowship, can I apply again?

Although not common, fellowship renewal for a second year is possible. A new application must be submitted to be considered for fellowship renewal.

Can co-op students apply to the fellowship program?

Co-op students who have completed their co-op work obligations by the end of spring semester may apply for a fellowship beginning in the summer semester. You may not hold a fellowship while being a co-op student.

If I receive financial aid, can I accept a fellowship?

Students receiving financial aid are welcome to compete for a fellowship. Specific questions regarding the stipend and the student’s financial aid ceiling should be directed to the Director of Undergraduate Research.

Will the Office of Undergraduate Research fund travel to conferences?

Project funds/stipends include money that can be used for travel in accordance with university regulations.

Can I conduct my research off campus?

Fellows are permitted to conduct a portion of their research at an off campus site, such as a federal laboratory, other university, library, or field site. A local mentor is still required.

Last modified: August 16, 2017