Undergraduate Research Funding


URCO Grants

Three Deadlines Annually: usually Feb 5 | Jun 5 | Oct 5

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.

Applicants for URCO grants must have matching funds. See the URCO Matching Funds section below for matching funding opportunities from the CCA.

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URCO Matching Funds

Deadline: 6 business days prior to the Office of Research URCO Grant Deadline

To support students’ URCO grant applications, the Caine College of the Arts sets 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 are funded on a first-come, first-served basis until the appropriated funding has been exhausted.

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Office of Research Travel Grants

Deadline: Rolling. Apply early, as these funds are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

The USU Office of Research provides funds to support student travel to present research at conferences. Students may request $200 for a regional conference, $300 for a national conference, or $400 for an international conference. These funds must be matched by another university unit.

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Graduate Research Funding


GRCO Grants

Deadline: Once annually, usually in June

Graduate Research and Creative Opportunity (GRCO) grants provide a $1,000 grant to support original research, scholarship, or creative work by USU graduate students with the guidance of a faculty member. Proposals include requests for funds to cover the costs of equipment, supplies and project-related travel.

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School of Graduate Studies Travel Awards

Deadline: Rolling

The Graduate Student Travel Award promotes student involvement in their disciplines by partially funding travel costs associated with professional presentations at regional, national, and international conferences. Each year, the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) allocates $50,000 to the Travel Award program. A portion of this funding is allocated for travel in each calendar month, and, for each month, funds are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Research Funding For All Students


CCA Student Travel Funding

Deadline: Rolling. Funding is on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Caine College of the Arts sets aside funds from Differential Tuition each semester to fund student travel to conferences and other events that contribute to their professional and creative development as artists and scholars.

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Academic Opportunity Fund - Travel

Deadline: Rolling. Applications must be submitted no less than 4 weeks but no more than 6 months before the travel occurs.

The purpose of the Academic Opportunity Fund (AOF) is to provide financial support to undergraduate and graduate students who have been accepted or invited by a reputable organization to present a scholastic achievement or participate in an academic competition. Individuals are awarded up to $500.00. Groups are awarded up to $2,000.

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CCA Differential Tuition

Deadline: Once annually. Usually in October.

The Caine College of the Arts offers the opportunity for any member of the College, including faculty, staff or declared student major, to submit a proposal for differential tuition funding to enhance the experience of students in the college. Funds generated from differential tuition have enabled CCA to fund visiting artists, classroom improvements, student travel, matching URCO, and many more projects that continue to improve students' personal academic success.

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Present Your Research!


Research in the Arts Day

RAD takes place in April as part of Research Week.

Launched in 2016, Research in the Arts Day (RAD) began as an independent celebration of creative and scholarly research by students, faculty, and staff in the Caine College of the Arts, and has become an integral part of Research Week through its integration with SRS. Accommodations will be made for performance and pop-up gallery presentations. RAD takes place in April as part of Research Week.

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USU Student Research Symposium

The SRS takes place in April as part of Research Week.

The Student Research Symposium is Utah State University’s largest showcase of student research. The SRS both celebrates student research and improves each student’s ability to communicate their research. Students present their work in short videos, posters, visual arts exhibitions, and performances and get feedback from judges on their work. The most highly rated presenters in each broad disciplinary category will be recognized in various digital formats after the symposium.

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