Decide on your research area of interest.
What grabs your attention? What are you curious about? What do you enjoy studying? What questions need to be answered? Choose a research topic in which you are genuinely interested and think you will enjoy investigating. Don't try to solve all the problems of the world, but choose something that is doable in one or two semesters of part-time research.
Find a faculty mentor. If you know a faculty member with experience in your field of interest, you may contact the faculty member directly. If you don't have a faculty member in mind, browse the departmental contact list for suggestions or contact Dr. Jane Greer, Undergraduate Research Director. Dr. Greer will listen to your research ideas and help you find a faculty mentor who has expertise in your area of interest.
Complete a SEARCH or SUROP application.
SEARCH or SUROP grants are available for research projects undertaken during the academic year. SUROP grants (Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunity) provide a tuition grant and cover research expenses for projects undertaken during the summer session.
Additional SEARCH Grants Available to Students with Disabilities and Veterans. Beginning Fall 2015, additional funding is available for students with disabilities and students who are veterans to participate in undergraduate research. While students with disabilities and students who are veterans are always welcome to apply for SEARCH grants, we have additional funding from the National Science Foundation for a limited time. One of the goals of the National Science Foundation is to broaden participation in science (including social science), technology, engineering, and math, to include more people with disabilities and to veterans. A UMKC grant has funding left over and decided to use it to fund more undergraduate research projects. What this means for SEARCH is that the funding can support more students and mentors. Students do not need to be STEM majors to be eligible for this additional funding.
If you are a student with a disability, or a student who is a veteran, the application process is the same as it is for all other students. We just ask that you answer a few more questions. The questions are not criteria on which you will be assessed. Their purpose is to help us determine whether we can use the NSF funding. With your application packet, include the SEARCH Application Additional Questions.
Applications are available online or you can request one from email@example.com. Please submit an electronic version of the application and proposal (MS Word .doc or .docx file) to firstname.lastname@example.org and a signed paper copy to Dr. Greer (106 Cockefair Hall). Be sure to follow the directions!
The application deadline for SEARCH is September 18, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.
Materials for the 16th Annual
Symposium of Undergraduate Research and Creative Scholarship
will be due in March 2016.
How to Write a SEARCH or SUROP Proposal
This video presentation describes how an undergraduate researcher, scholar, or artist can write an effective proposal for a SEARCH or SUROP grant.