Full Time Undergraduate Research Program

The Office of Undergraduate Education offers a limited number of Full Time Undergraduate Research awards to provide funding for Rensselaer undergraduates who are conducting research with a faculty advisor during the summer months or their Summer Arch Away Semester.  This program offers students the opportunity to become immersed in a research topic full-time for a ten-week period.  Awardees will receive a $4,000 stipend. 

Submission Deadlines

  • For Summer Research, February 15
  • For Fall Research, May 1
  • For Spring Research, October 1
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The full time Undergraduate Research Program is open to all Rensselaer undergraduates who are planning to conduct research on campus with a faculty advisor.  Students may not be on academic probation and must be planning to enroll at Rensselaer the following term. Graduating seniors and incoming first year students are not eligible.  Students from all fields may apply.  If you have questions about eligibility, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Education at 276-2244.

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The awards are competitively based on proposals submitted by students. The awardees will each receive a $4,000 stipend that will be administered by the Office of Undergraduate Education on a bi-weekly pay schedule, with applicable taxes taken out; the stipend is intended to cover ten weeks of full-time research. Recipients are responsible for their housing expenses.

Review Process

  • Proposals are read and rated by a selection committee of Rensselaer faculty members.
  • Proposals will be read by at least one faculty member within the student's school, and will also be read by faculty who are not trained in the student's academic field. For this reason, we advise students to write their proposals in a way that an educated reader outside their field of study can understand the research question and the significance of the proposed research.
  • All students and their advisors will be notified by email with the results of the evaluations.
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Proposal Application Process

  1. Identify an advisor and a project.
  2. Proposal must follow the Guidelines to Writing a Successful Proposal  (see below). It is recommended that students meet with their faculty researcher at least once prior to submission of a proposal to review a draft.
  3. Complete the full time application.
  4. Include one copy of an abstract and final research proposal.
  5. Signed letter of recommendation from a faculty member willing to advise the project.

Submission Deadlines

  • For Summer Research, February 15
  • For Fall Reserach, May 1
  • For Spring Research, October 1

Submit one copy of the full time application, brief abstract, final proposal (no more than three pages), and signed letter of recommendation to Kim Ellenwood at smithka@rpi.edu to Kim, Office of Undergraduate Education, Walker Lab, room 4010.

Late proposals will not be accepted.