The Undergraduate Research and Creative Opportunities (URCO) Grant Program, funded by the Office of Research and Graduate Studies, was established in 1975 to support worthy independent student projects. In the summer of 2013, the program was expanded to include the summer term and allow salary to be included in budgets. In the summer of 2014, the summer program was unified, and the URCO programs scope and budget were expanded.

What is an URCO Grant?

Undergraduate Research and Creative Opportunity (URCO) awards provide a one semester, $1,000 scholarship, to support original research, scholarship, or creative work by USU undergraduates with the guidance of a faculty member. Proposals may also include requests for additional funds to cover the costs of equipment, supplies, and project-related travel.

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What are the benefits?

URCO grants provide an opportunity for undergraduate researchers to fund their own projects!

Who can receive an URCO grant?

Students from all disciplines are encouraged to apply for URCO grants.
Apply for the Fall 2016 URCO

The application opens June 1st and closes June 15th.

How do I apply?

To apply for an URCO grant you will submit a proposal the semester before you would like to receive funding. There are two criteria for award: project quality and student qualification. You must submit all sections of the proposal in order to be considered.

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What is required?

There are three requirements for URCO grants. You must:

  1. Attend an URCO orientation (before applying)
  2. Present your research (after completing the project)
  3. Submit a report (after completing the project)

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When do I apply?

There are URCO grants available for Fall, Spring and Summer semesters.  Applications are due the semester before you would like to receive funding.

Fall URCO
June 1 – Application opens
June 15 – Application closes
August 1 – Recipients notified
1st day of Fall Semester – Funding available
January 8 – Report Due

Spring URCO
October 1 – Application opens
October 15 – Application closes
December 1 – Recipients notified
1st day of Spring Semester – Funding available
May 5 – Report Due

Summer URCO
February 1 – Application opens
February 15 – Application closes
April 1 – Recipients notified
1st day of Summer Semester – Funding available
August 28 – Report Due

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