Building Undergraduate Student Research Experiences

The Public Policy Center (PPC), in collaboration with the Office for Undergraduate Research, is pleased to offer funding for faculty who would like to hire an undergraduate student(s) to assist with their research. Up to three awards will be made for the 2024 Academic Year, up to $2,000 each per year (or $1,000 per semester).

The goals of the grant are twofold:

  • Provide faculty with more capacity for their research
  • Create more opportunities for undergraduate students to be involved in research

Eligibility is limited to full-time, tenure-track faculty who otherwise would not be able to hire a student to participate in research.

Applications should be a maximum of two pages and include the following:

  • Name, title, department, and contact information for primary investigator
  • A description of the research project in high-level terms
  • Role for the student(s) involved in the research
  • Potential impact of the research (e.g., publication, grant application)
  • Description of how the funds will be used (see below)

Additional priority may be given to:

  • Projects that engage undergraduate student(s) in a meaningful way
  • Faculty who involve a student(s) from underrepresented populations in research
  • Projects led by junior faculty members
  • Projects that include a goal of submitting a grant proposal for external funding

Applications will be accepted until July 31, 2023 and should be submitted electronically to Funding decisions will be announced within 3 weeks of the submission deadline. Funds may be used through the academic year.

Funding may be used for the following expenses specific to the project:

  • Remuneration for student personnel
  • Other appropriate expenses, which may include:
    • Data collection, survey development support (available via the ISRC)
    • Software, supplies
    • Research participant payments

The Public Policy Center and the Iowa Social Science Research Center (ISRC) can provide support at no cost for:

  • Learning/sharing sessions for faculty on how to effectively engage undergraduates in research
  • Assistance in finding interested, eligible, underserved students in the UI community
  • Connection to our campus partner, the Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates
  • Grant development and submission support