We are glad to hear of your interest in applying for a URECA grant!

If your questions are not answered below, please contact the URECA Program Manager, Dr. Jamie Burriss.

Questions to Contemplate Before Applying

I want to apply for a URECA grant. What are my options?

There are four levels of funding: Assistant, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. To determine which option is best suits your research idea, please reference the chart below. Experience level, duration of project, and the number of hours required will be good indicators of which level best suits your project and desired timeline.

  Assistant Silver Gold Platinum
Experience Level Beginner Experienced Experienced Experienced
Proof of Experience None required Prior completion of URECA project or mentor letter Prior completion of URECA project or mentor letter Prior completion of URECA project or mentor letter
Duration 1 semester 1 or 2 semesters 2 semesters Full time summer
Typical # of Hours Required 50 100 240 350
Time Reporting Email to URC from mentor Email to URC from mentor Timesheets signed by mentor Timesheets signed by mentor
Class Credit Must justify that URECA hours are outside the scope of class credit
Length of Proposal 2 pages 3-5 pages 5 pages 5 pages
$$ for Student $500
(up to 2 payments)
$1,000
(up to 2 payments)
$2,400
(up to 4 payments)
$3,500
(up to 4 payments during summer)
$$ for Faculty Mentor N/A N/A $500 $500
$$ for Supplies $300 max * $300 max * $500 max * $500 max *
$$ for Travel $400 domestic or $500 international *
Accountability Project Summary (Brief report or questionnaire)
Presentation at Fall Open House or Scholars Week
Attend Spring Celebration Luncheon
Project deadline Project can remain open for a maximum of 3 semesters. Your current URECA
project must be completed prior to beginning a new project.
* Justification Required

When are URECA proposals due?

  • Fall Projects: September 3, 2020
  • Spring Projects: January 28, 2021
  • Summer Projects: TBD

All proposals are due by 4:30 PM of the deadline date. Completed applications must be submitted to the URECA submissions website.

What is the difference between the Assistant and the Scholar application?

  1. An Assistant level URECA is intended for students who are new to research. Students who have already completed an Assistant level project, or who have previous research experience, may advance on to a Scholar level project.
  2. An Assistant application is limited to 2 pages in length. A Scholar application ranges from 3-5 pages, depending on the level (Silver, Gold, or Platinum).
  3. An Assistant application has a maximum supplies budget request of $300. On a Scholar application, Gold and Platinum levels may request up to $500 in supplies.

What is a reasonable budget request?

As part of your URECA application, you can request funding for supplies needed to complete your project. The max is $300 for Assistant and Silver level applications and $500 for Gold or Platinum level applications. Talk with your mentor about what supplies might be needed as they often know what you will need to complete your research, what vendor is the cheapest, and the quantity needed. Be sure to include justification for your requested items in your budget. View a sample budget request.

Do I need IRB or IACUC approval before I start my project?

If your project requires IRB or IACUC approval, the URECA Committee strongly recommends that you begin the approval process before you begin your proposal. Please visit MTSU's IRB website to find out if your project will require IRB approval. If your project involves animals, please visit MTSU's IACUC website to learn about filing your protocol.

Can I work with another undergraduate (or two) on a group research project?

Yes, but you would still need to complete individual applications. Within your application, be sure to specify how you will individually be contributing to the project, which should be different from other members in your group. If submitting an application as part of a group, each student must include the Group Application Cover Sheet so the committee is aware your application is part of a group project.

Can a student be on a summer teams and receive an individual URECA award?

No. A student can only hold one (1) URECA grant at a time. If you are part of a summer team, you cannot also have an individual summer award.

Can I travel as part of a URECA Grant?

Yes. If travel is essential to your research, please fill out the travel request section of the application. URECA can fund up to $400 for domestic travel and $500 for international travel. Travel must be justified by including details as to why it is necessary to complete your research. If you would like to request travel reimbursment for presenting at a conference, this is a seperate process. Please contact the URECA coordinator with this request: Wendi.Watts@mtsu.edu.

Why do I need a mentor?

Working alongside a faculty mentor is one of greatest benefits of the URECA program. Generally, undergraduate students are novices at doing research or creative work. Therefore, you need to learn the process of research from an experienced scholar. A member of the faculty (tenured or tenure-track) will be able to guide an undergraduate student through this learning experience.

How do I find a mentor?

Check out our Selecting a Faculty Mentor resource page for recommendations and suggestions.