Undergraduate Research Grant 2022-2023

The Arkansas Tech University Undergraduate Research Office invites applications for funds to support Undergraduate Research Scholars (URS) for the 2022-2023 academic year. Funding for URS includes up to $2,000 in project support (including supplies and travel), as well as $250 award upon completion of the project. Due to limitations in available funding, it is expected that competition will be strong for these grants.

Following is a description of the support available and application process. Applications should be submitted to Dr. Nate Chapman and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs no later than April 29. Please e-mail nchapman1@atu.edu if there are questions.

Applications for URS in ALL academic disciplines will be considered for funding. Applications may focus on investigation of questions of interest to the faculty mentor. URS awards are subject to the following conditions.

  1. URS applicants are required to have a faculty mentor with an appropriate project supported by the proposal. A mentoring plan will be required as a component of the proposal.

  2. URS will present their results in the Arkansas Tech University Senior Honors and Student Research Symposium (student presentations are preferred). This will serve as a forum for presentation and discussion of research and dissemination of results.

  3. For the 2022-2023 grant cycle, grants will extend from the date of the award (anticipated as early as August 1) to the end of the Spring 2022 term.

  4. A maximum of $2,000 is anticipated for the URS awards to cover the cost of material and travel expenses. After the URS award is approved, budget transfers between different categories will not be allowed. Therefore, the proposal's budget should be prepared according to the needs in each category. All requisitions for items previously approved on the grant application must be done no later than April 29, 2022.

 *All travel must be in accordance with current ATU policies in effect during the grant period and approved by the department head, dean, and VP.

  1. A final report containing research results will be submitted to the Undergraduate Research Office by June 1, 2023.


An URS Award review committee consisting of ATU faculty and administrators will use the following criteria to evaluate faculty research proposals. 

  1. Quality of the student applicant as measured by GPA and potential/plans for graduate education and a research career.

  2. Scientific or academic merit of the proposed research.

  3. Appropriateness of the scope of the proposed activity in the grant period.

Application for an Undergraduate Research Grant



Section I.         Project Description (not exceeding six pages)

  1. Rationale for the Project

  2. Activities to be Completed

  3. Student Mentoring by Faculty Member (explain the mentoring plan, including a brief schedule)

  4. Written Outputs (agree to submit a final report and mention other plans to present, publish and submit a grant   proposal for external funding)

  5. URS statement on why he or she is deserving of the award and his or her interests and plans for graduate education and a research career

Section II.        Budget Justification

Section III.       Faculty resume not exceeding three pages.
                         Student resume not exceeding three pages.

For additional information, contact: nchapman1@atu.edu.


UnderGraduate Research Grant Committee


Nathaniel Chapman, Director
(479) 356-2027

Jessica Young, Assistant Director 
(479) 880-4183

Surya Jyoti Banerjee
(479) 356-2032