Research Funding

Undergraduate Academic Project Grants

The Office of the Provost sponsors Undergraduate Academic Project Grants (up to $500 each) to fund project-related expenses. Proposals are accepted on a continuous cycle between September and March. This year the deadlines for review are: October 11, 2017; November 8, 2017; February 14, 2018; and March 14, 2018.

Undergraduate Academic Project Grants support undergraduate research and creative work at Western Carolina University. Any full-time student or group of students working with a faculty sponsor is eligible to apply for a grant that might provide support in many ways, including travel, equipment, or supplies. Equipment purchased through a grant reverts back to the student’s department once the project is complete.

This program is supported by Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) funds generated from local tuition.

This program is administered by The Office of the Provost; please direct requests for information regarding travel forms, purchase orders, or reimbursement processes or other questions to Kloo Hansen, Undergraduate Research Coordinator, at 227-3016.

The Office of the Provost would like to acknowledge the service and dedication on the part of our faculty review committee. The Academic Project Grants Committee is made up of representatives from each college, the Hunter Library, and the Office of the Provost. The 2017-2018 Academic Project Grants Faculty Committee Members are:


The College of Arts & Sciences:

Dr. Indi Bose

The College of Business:

Dr. Sanjay Rajagopal

The College of Education & Allied Professions:

Dr. Callie Shultz

The College of Engineering & Technology:

Dr. Oai Ha

The College of Health & Human Sciences:

Dr. Kim Hall

The Hunter Library:

Paromita Biswas

The Office of the Provost:

Kloo Hansen

Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP)

WCU's 2017 Summer Undergraduate Research Program includes scholarship in ALL disciplines, including creative endeavors in the arts, and the program is open to ALL students who wish to apply. There are no exclusions! Students will work one-on-one with faculty. We will rely on the faculty mentors to understand what high level undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative endeavors in their discipline or field entails and to guide their students appropriately. The dates for the summer research program will be May 31 through July 26. Approximately 10 teams will be selected for participation this summer. Students in the program will receive a summer stipend, summer credits, a $100 supply budget, and will have a campus housing option.

More information

Questions may be directed to:
Bill Kwochka, 2017 Summer Undergraduate Research Program Director
Jill Granger, Dean of The Honors College

Undergraduate Study Abroad Travel Support (SATS)

The Honors College offers a limited number of Study Abroad Travel Support (SATS) to reimburse students for travel abroad in an approved sponsored program. Travel on your own (outside an approved sponsored program) will not be considered. Students traveling abroad and earning academic credits will be prioritized over students who are traveling abroad without enrolling in credit bearing courses. Students who have not previously received funds for travel will be prioritized over those who have previously received funds.

Your application will be considered by a committee of staff and faculty, and you will be notified about the outcome via email within four weeks of the submission deadline. For more information, download the application materials here:

SATS Application
SATS Application

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