Undergraduate Research Scholarships

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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 College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University has several scholarships available for students who are interested in participating in research experiences with faculty.

All scholarships use a combined Scholarship Application, allowing students to easily apply for multiple research scholarships. See the Application and Selection Process section below for deadlines.

General criteria for our research scholarships

  • Undergraduate students with a declared major in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences who are working in partnership with a designated faculty member who is willing to mentor the student.
  • Full-time enrollment if the research occurs during fall or spring (12 semester hours; if you're 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).
  • A joint research project proposed by the student and faculty member.
  • Students may gain an additional award if presenting their research results, in partnership with the faculty mentor, in a public forum.
  • Financial need is not required.

Dean's undergraduate research scholarships

To encourage and support undergraduate research across the entire College of Liberal and Sciences, the dean, alumni and friends of the college fund these scholarships. Five scholarships of $1,500 are available for the 2017-18 academic year.

Arizona Power Authority scholarships

To encourage studies in the power and energy fields, the Arizona Power Authority funds annual awards for students. At least one $1,500-$3,000 (depending upon the length of research) scholarship is now available.

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 mathematics or science majors wishing to study and become part of the power and energy field.

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. One $1,000 scholarship will be available.

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.

The application and selection process

All research scholarship applications are due by March 15th, 2017. Applications will then be reviewed by committee. Applicants will be informed of decisions in early April.

All applications use the combined Research Scholarship Application.

Contact Jeffrey Banner by email at jeffrey.banner@asu.edu with questions.