Participation of undergraduate students in research activities increases their interest in pursuing graduate and professional degrees. Nebraska EPSCoR has created the Undergraduate Research Experience grant program to provide research experience for selected students in small public and private Nebraska colleges and universities that offer undergraduate degrees related to science, technology, engineering, and math. The program is intended to increase the pool of potential students choosing careers in these areas. The program is funded by an NSF infrastructure grant to Nebraska EPSCoR. Faculty members from groups that are underrepresented in the sciences or who are including students from underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged to apply.
A faculty member in any small public or private Nebraska college or university that offers an undergraduate degree in a science, technology, engineering, or math area is eligible to submit a proposal with a maximum budget of $5,000.
Projects that involve undergraduate students in research are eligible. Research activities must be related to an area of science, technology, engineering, or mathematics. Allowable budget expenses include stipends for undergraduate students involved in research, supplies for their research project, and travel expenses to a relevant regional or national (within the U.S.) conference to present research at the poster session.
View an example of Undergraduate Research at Nebraska's Small Colleges/Universities, funded by Nebraska EPSCoR:
Nebraska EPSCoR intends to increase access to teaching and research equipment for scientific education and research training at Nebraska's small public and private colleges and universities. The program is funded by an NSF infrastructure grant to Nebraska EPSCoR.
Nebraska's small public or private colleges with annual research expenditures of less than $8 million are eligible to submit ONE proposal per funding cycle via their Sponsored Programs Office (or equivalent).
This TRE program emphasizes new, shared-use equipment and instrumentation that will enhance research and/or educational activities for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) learning. Each equipment request must not exceed $50,000 total. The award from Nebraska EPSCoR pays 80% of the new equipment's cost, with 20% coming from the requesting institution.
View an example of Nebraska EPSCoR's Teaching/Research Equipment Funding for Small Colleges/Universities: