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Matching Funding for URCO Grants


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.

To support students in this program, the Caine College of the Arts will set aside funds from Differential Tuition each semester to provide matching funding for student URCO grants. Students applying for matching funds must be a current major in one of the departments of the Caine College of the Arts to be eligible (Art+Design, Music, Theatre Arts). Proposals will be funded on a first-come, first-served basis until the appropriated funding has been exhausted. Departmental matches are appropriate and encouraged, since they will make the funds go farther.

Students applying for an URCO grant through the USU Office of Research and Graduate Studies should work with a faculty member to develop their proposal according to the official guidelines: https://urco.usu.edu.

CCA may provide up to $250 in matching scholarship funds and $500 for matching equipment/supplies/travel funds (total of $750). Matching scholarship funding may also be awarded for group projects (see https://urco.usu.edu for details).

Completed URCO proposals are due to the CCA Dean’s Office for review at least one week prior to the RGS submission deadline in order to be considered for matching funding. Following review, CCA will send letters of commitment for matching funds to students, which the student will submit with their completed proposal to the Office of Research and Graduate studies.

Students who are awarded URCO grants must submit a copy of their award letter to the CCA Financial Officer, at which point they will work with their department head and department staff assistant to receive their matching funds.

Timing and Deadlines (It is the student’s responsibility to confirm and meet the RGS submission deadline):

Fall Round 2018   Spring 2019   Summer 2019      
               
Proposal Due to CCA: June 2, 2018 Proposal due to CCA: October 8, 2018 Proposal due to CCA: February 2, 2019    
CCA Letter to Student: June 12, 2018 CCA Letter to Student: October 12, 2018 CCA Letter to Student: February 12, 2019    
Proposal Due to RGS: June 15, 2018 Proposal Due to RGS: October 15, 2018 Proposal due to RGS: February 15, 2019    
Awardees Notified: August 3, 2018 Awardees Notified: December 4, 2018 Awardees Notified: April 5, 2019    
Funds Available: First day of Fall term Funds Available: First day of Spring term Funds Available: First day of Summer term    
Reports due: One year after notice of award Reports due: One year after notice of award Reports due: One year after notice of award