Undergraduate Research Scholarships

Undergraduate research provides an essential component of a student’s educational experience. Participating in research as an undergraduate will sharpen your critical-thinking skills and give you valuable preparation for life after college. The Arizona State University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has several scholarships available for students who are interested in participating in research experiences with faculty.

General Criteria for College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Research Scholarships

  • Undergraduate student (includes current Arizona State University students, incoming freshmen and transfer students pursuing their first four-year college degree).
  • Have a declared major in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, ASU at the Tempe campus.
  • Full-time enrollment (12 semester hours; if you are awarded a scholarship and do not maintain full-time enrollment, your scholarship may be cancelled).
  • Recipients must have a minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA (high school, community college or ASU).
  • Students must have a proposed research project.
  • Students must obtain the written support of a faculty member in the ASU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences who will supervise the research experience.
  • Students are encouraged to present their research results in a public forum.
  • Financial need is not required

An applications for 2014 scholarships should be available early in 2014.  See below for specific scholarship criteria.

Sun Angel Excellence in the Humanities Research Scholarships

To encourage and support collaborative undergraduate research between students and faculty in the humanities, the Sun Angel Foundation sponsors annual awards for students majoring in English, film and media studies, history, languages and literatures, philosophy or religious studies. 

The purpose of this award is to promote joint research between our faculty and students, leading to publication of the research.  This scholarship awards both the student and the partnering faculty member.  The student will receive a $1,000 scholarship, while the faculty member will receive a $500 stipend as recognition to their commitment to undergraduate research.

Specific criteria:

  • A declared major in English, film and media studies, history, languages and literatures, philosophy or religious studies.
  • At least 60 credit hours completed, with 15 hours completed at ASU.
  • Students must enroll in a 499 course in the major and work with a faculty research partner to produce a scholarly paper (or equivalent) in the humanities. The 499 independent study course may not be concurrent with the honors thesis or with a pro-seminar, but it may be a springboard to either one.
  • Half of the student funds will be distributed at the beginning of the semester, with the remaining funds distributed upon receipt of a progress report from the student and the faculty member.

Arizona Power Authority Scholarships

To encourage studies in the power and energy fields, the Arizona Power Authority funds annual awards for students. 

Specific criteria:

  • Students must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Preference for students who demonstrate leadership, academic excellence and economic need.
  • Preference for students engaged in undergraduate research with faculty.
  • Preference for students who are science majors wishing to study and become part of the power and energy field.
  • Half of the funds will be distributed at the beginning of the fall semester, with the remaining funds distributed at the mid-point of the fall semester, contingent upon receipt of a satisfactory progress report.

Sheldon Davidson Family Research Scholarship 

The Sheldon Davidson Family Research Scholarship is a tribute to Dr. Sheldon Davidson’s interest in lifelong learning and his distinguished career in medicine. To encourage and support undergraduate research that demonstrates an ability to think about contemporary issues and to resolve them with innovative solutions, the Sheldon Davidson Family Research Scholarship was established. 

Specific criteria:

Students must demonstrate the “ability to think” about contemporary issues and to resolve them with innovative solutions. An additional essay is required as part of application.

Contact Jeffrey Banner by email with questions.

Application and Selection Process

The Spring 2015 application for the Sun Angel Excellence in the Humanities Research Scholarship can be found here, and submissions will be due Wednesday, November 19th.  All applications are reviewed by a faculty selection committee. Applicants are usually notified about one month after the application deadilne.

All other applications are currently closed for this semester.