Funding & Resources
Below you'll find common sources of funding for undergraduate research at DePauw, as well as external opportunities and helpful resources for the student researcher.
Current Students/Faculty Members, All Disciplines
About: The Student-Faculty Summer Research Grant is the most common vehicle for summer research collaborations between students and faculty members at DePauw. During summer 2013, this grant funded projects conducted by 27 faculty members and 60 students in 14 different departments.
Returning Students, All Disciplines
About: The Douglas B. White Memorial Travel Fund award is designated for Extended Studies travel and study to the Asian Pacific Rim, Africa, or South Asia. Interested students must prepare and submit a project proposal, which will be evaluated on the basis of its thoughtfulness and evidence of the project's educational benefit. Students must have a completed "Extended Studies Independent Project Contract" with all required information and signatures.
Returning Students, All Disciplines
About: The Frank W. Howes Student Summer Grant fund supports students carrying out off-campus undergraduate research projects during the summer. Undergraduate research projects are an excellent opportunity to pursue significant learning about a scholarly, artistic or creative special interest. Projects often benefit a student's senior project or post-graduate endeavor.
Current Students, All Disciplines
About: The Student Research & Artistic Grant encourages student research, artistic projects and professional activities that are not related to a specific course. Funds may be used to pay for expenses such as travel to libraries, archives, and art galleries; costs of photocopying; and purchase of supplies or equipment that are not funded by departments.
Sophomores & Juniors, Art and Art History
About: A summer off-campus travel fellowship made available through the Efroymson Family Fund and the Department of Art and Art History. This fellowship is intended to allow and encourage studio art and art history students to take advantage of off-campus opportunities that will have a transformative impact, not only on the rest of the student’s undergraduate career but also on his or her professional or academic career after graduation from DePauw.
Current Students/Faculty Members, Psychology and Related Fields
About: The Asher Fund has supported numerous research projects, including original research for student/faculty collaborations in the senior capstone, summer research experiences, and independent research projects on Winter Term and during the regular academic year. The Asher Fund has also provided support for faculty research on sabbatical and pre-tenure leaves, aided students and faculty alike to present original research at regional, national, and international conferences, allowed for the purchase of laboratory equipment and computers, and even contributed support to DePauw students engaged in off-site research.
Current Students/Faculty Members, Humanities
About: The J. William and Dorothy A. Asher Fund in the Humanities supports research and scholarly efforts in the areas of art, art history, classical studies, communication/theatre, English, film studies, history, modern languages, philosophy, and religious studies.
Current Students/Faculty Members, Social Sciences
About: The J. William and Dorothy A. Asher Fund in the Social Sciences supports research and scholarly efforts in the social sciences. Recognizing that such pursuits can occur in a variety of disciplines and programs, including Conflict Studies, Women’s Studies, Economics and Management, History, Political Science, European Studies, Latin American Studies, and other area studies, activities in these and other fields shall be eligible for support with these funds if the research includes a significant social science component.
Current and Recent Students
About: The purpose of the Granito Fund is to provide supplemental travel and logistical stipends for DePauw students and/or faculty, and recent DePauw graduates who are seeking to do meaningful community-based research or fieldwork in Latin America. This fund is a project of the US-Mexico Solidarity Network (MSN).
Current Students/Faculty Members, Honor Scholar Program
About: The Hallward-Driemeier Fund is a generous gift from 1989 Honor Scholar distinguished alumnus Douglas Hallward-Driemeier and Mary Hallward-Driemeier, and is designed to support “…the Honor Scholar Program with an emphasis on funding student-faculty collaboration and research…and making possible other experiences that cultivate the virtues of intellectual courage and leadership among Honor Scholars.” (from gift agreement)
About: Amgen Scholars Programs are hosted at 10 universities across the United States, offering science research experiences to sophomores, juniors and returning seniors.
About: Argonne offers fall, spring and fall research programs in Physical and Life Sciences, Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering, and applied research programs relating to Energy, Conservation, Environmental Impact and Technology, Nanomaterials, and Advanced Nuclear Energy Systems.
See also: Oak Ridge National Laboratory
About: RISE offers unique opportunities for undergraduates to work with research groups at universities and top research institutions across Germany for a period of 2 to 3 months during the summer. RISE interns are matched with doctoral students whom they assist and who serve as their mentors. The working language is English.
About: The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation. REU projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the REU program.
About: GRFP recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees at accredited US institutions. Multiple DePauw seniors have received the fellowship in recent years.
About: DePauw is regularly among the top Fulbright-producing small colleges in the nation. Applicants for these grants design their own projects and will typically work with advisers at foreign universities or other institutes of higher education.
About: DePauw's internal review process for animal or human subjects in research
About: An online guide for undergraduate research with links to research opportunities and to journals for undergraduate research in the humanities, social sciences, and natural and mathematical sciences
About: A searchable database of summer research opportunities in the sciences
About: A matchmaking tool for undergraduate researchers who want to pursue graduate degrees in their field