The Hamel Center for Undergraduate Research encourages students to design and carry out research, scholarly, or creative projects in collaboration with faculty mentors. To facilitate this, the Center offers a variety of research grants and fellowships specifically for undergraduate students. For brief program descriptions and eligibility requirements, see below.
If you receive a grant from the Hamel Center, you must conduct your research before you graduate. After you conclude your project, the Center requires that you complete an evaluation form and submit a brief report on your research.
- INCO 590 and INCO 790
- Undergraduate Research Awards (URAs)
- Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF)
- International Research Opportunities Program (IROP)
- Study Abroad Research Grants
- Research Experience and Apprenticeship Program (REAP)
- Honors Thesis Grants
- Research Presentation Grants
These variable credit courses allow undergraduates to explore topics of interest by assisting faculty mentors with teaching and research activities. INCO 590 (credit/fail) is designed as an entry-level experience to assist students in developing research skills and to prepare them for more advanced research. INCO 790 (graded) is designed as an advanced-level experience, for students who are conducting more advanced research and applying research skills they already have developed. Support for research expenses up to $200 is available.
Credits: 1–4 credits per semester; 8 credits maximum (INCO 590 + INCO 790 combined) for bachelor’s degree
Eligibility requirements: none
URAs are awarded to students who wish to conduct research during the academic year (including January Term), or in the summer. If you plan to pursue research for academic credit, you may apply to the Hamel Center for an expense award. If you don’t need or desire academic credit for your research project, you may also apply to the Hamel Center for a stipend to be paid directly to you as salary for the time spent working on the research project.
Maximum award: $1000 stipend, $600 for research expenses
Eligibility requirements: 2.0 cumulative GPA
SURF grants are awarded to students who wish to conduct research over the summer at various locations in the U.S. or overseas; the grants may also support research that contributes to a senior project or thesis.
Fellowship: $3,500 stipend for full-time summer research (10 weeks for SURF USA, 9 weeks for SURF Abroad), $600 for research expenses
SURF Abroad Eligibility requirements: 3.0 cumulative GPA, at least junior status
SURF USA Eligibility requirements: 3.0 cumulative GPA, at least sophomore status
IROP grants are competitive awards supporting qualified research projects in diverse settings: universities, government agencies, museums, art galleries, archeological and historical sites, laboratories, and field sites. By working closely with a UNH mentor, students identify potential research sites and foreign mentors, and address issues of cross-cultural preparation.
Average grant: $6300 for 9 weeks of full-time summer research abroad
Eligibility requirements: 3.0 cumulative GPA
These awards are given to students who will be studying abroad to enable them to take advantage of the special resources available at a foreign site (archives and libraries; museums, art galleries and exhibits; performances; government agencies; non-profit organizations; businesses; experts, scholars or other individuals to be interviewed; laboratory or field research).
Maximum award: $600 for research expenses
Eligibility requirements: 3.0 GPA
REAP is a special program for highly motivated, first-year students. Students selected for the program will spend the summer after their first year exploring their academic interests and developing their ability to pursue projects under the supervision of a UNH faculty member. REAP will prepare students for advanced research, scholarly, or creative work, including opportunities sponsored by UROP and IROP, the Honors Program senior thesis, and other capstone experiences.
Fellowship: $3500 stipend for 10 weeks full-time summer research, $600 for research expenses
Eligibility requirements: Honors student, must be nominated by an instructor
This program offers a rolling application process for students who, in the course of doing their thesis, find that they have unanticipated expenses or become aware of an opportunity that will enhance their thesis results (e.g., travel to a research site; expanded data collection).
Maximum award: $150
Eligibility requirements: Honors student, must be working on thesis
Over the years, dozens of students have presented their research findings at conferences and professional meetings nationwide. These grants support your travel expenses and conference registration fees (not including meals and lodging).
Eligibility requirements: none