Undergraduate Research Awards (URA)

Nick Bencivenga, Chemistry

Undergraduate Research Awards (URAs) are awarded to students who wish to conduct research either on campus or at other research sites within the United States during the academic year (including January term), or in the summer.  To be eligible, students must have a minimum 2.0 cumulative UNH/UNHM GPA at the time of application.

  • If you plan to pursue research for academic credit, you may apply to the Hamel Center for an expense award only, to help defray costs incurred in carrying out your project.
  • 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. In this latter case, you may receive an expense award and a stipend for the same project.

Expense awards: Range up to $600, but do not necessarily cover all research expenses. The size of the award is based on expenses detailed in your budget form, and funds available through the Hamel Center.

Stipend awards: Range up to $1000 per project. The Hamel Center pays stipends on the basis of actual work hours spent on your project. Stipends are computed at $8.00/hour. A maximum stipend of $1000 equals 125 hours of work on your project.

Application Deadlines

October 3, 2018 for research during  January Term or spring 2019

March 6, 2019 for research during summer or fall 2019

*Please note the new application schedule above. Stipends and expense funds will be awarded (and thus may be used) only for research activities conducted post award notification, typically to be done in subsequent semesters – e.g., research during J-term or spring for students applying in October, or research during summer or fall for students applying in March. Students may no longer seek retroactive stipend and/or expenses for research activities that have already begun prior to or been completed at the time of application. See the Application Guidelines (below) for more details.

For help with your application, consult our advice for writing an effective proposal and consider attending a Proposal Writing Workshop.

Applications must be submitted to the Hamel Center office (118 Conant Hall) no later than 4:30 p.m. on the deadline dates above.

URA Application

Read the Application Guidelines and Budget Instructions before completing the application forms. A complete URA application includes: 1) Application Cover Sheet, 2) Proposal, 3) Budget, 4) Faculty Mentor Recommendation.

Application Guidelines and Budget Instructions (complete instructions for the URA application)

Application Checklist (a list of all the steps in the application process)

Application cover sheet and budget form (fillable online)*

Sample Budget Form, Liberal Arts

Sample Budget Form, Sciences

*You will need the most recent version of Adobe Reader to complete the application cover sheet. The budget form is a Word document. Please save these forms to your computer before entering any information. You may then save and return to the forms later for completion.

Faculty mentor memo  and recommendation form (student must complete and sign top portion of recommendation form; UNH mentor must complete bottom portion of form and attach letter; letter must be submitted with the URA application in a sealed envelope)

Guidelines on faculty mentor eligibility >>

Approval guidelines for working with a non-UNH mentor off campus (e.g. during January Term or summer) >>

Criteria for review of applications >>