Jennifer Poe explains the importance of student research. (Alex Morgan|The Scribe)

Undergraduate Research Academy applications opened Feb. 3

The Undergraduate Research Academy is accepting applications to participate in summer research projects.

Beginning Feb. 3, the Undergraduate Research Academy (URA) will be accepting applications from both faculty and students to have their research projects funded over the summer.

To be eligible for the program, students must have an overall GPA of 3.5 or higher and be a junior or senior. In addition to financial funding, a $3,500 stipend, there are workshops that students must attend including URA 101 meetings, presentation practice, ethics and weekly meetings with a faculty cohort who will mentor those interested.

This opportunity is not a scholarship, but those interested can receive help with seeking and receiving scholarships to further fund their research and/or creative work.

Jennifer Poe, co-director of the Center for Student Research, talks about what kinds of research the URA accepts.

“When we say ‘research’ here at the university,” Poe said, “we’re trying to broaden out that term – everybody is like ‘O.K. so I’m going to be working in a lab with petri dishes or microscopes or something. So, when we say ‘research,’ we mean any sort of research, like helping do literature reviews or any creative works. We want to make sure we are serving all students across every discipline.”

Applications will be closed on March 13 at 11:59 p.m. To learn more about the URA program, visit