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.
An example of Undergraduate Research at Nebraska's Small Colleges/Universities, funded by Nebraska EPSCoR: