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There are instances in which a students’ undergraduate research experience might occur outside of the normal quarter sequence. For example, a full time engagement in undergraduate research during the summer would count as the equivalent of two academic quarters experience.

Yes, you can apply as a sophomore if you will be a junior and have had at least 3 quarters of prior research experience (or equivalent) by the quarter and year the funding will be awarded.

Students majoring in all life sciences are eligible to apply if they are able to relate their research plan and/or educational or long-term goals to biosciences-related research or applications.

Although it is not necessary to submit more than one faculty member recommendation, we will accept more than one recommendation if it is beneficial to support your proposed research project – i.e., if a secondary recommendation highlights an aspect of your research or scholarly potential that would assist our reviewers in assessing your application.

There is no set financial limit for proposed budgets because awards will vary for each research project. We ask that you justify everything in your budget. The review committee could elect to fully or partially fund your proposed project based on your justifications. Asking for more support than you really need could be looked upon negatively. Although awards will vary, we anticipate that the average award will be approximately $7,000 per student. If you have any questions about preparing a budget, URP advisers are available to help. Email to set up an appointment.

You may apply for funding from the Levinson Emerging Scholars program either for supplementary materials/expenses (which you would need to document) that your other funding does not cover, or for a time period for which you do not already have support.

Note: If you have other scholarships, fellowships, awards or stipends supporting your proposed research project and you are selected for a Levinson award, you may not be eligible to receive the full amount requested. The Undergraduate Research Program reserves the right to adjust funding to promote equity among awardees. In addition, students on financial aid may have their award amount adjusted by the Office of Student Financial Aid. Each student’s case is dealt with on an individual basis. If you would like to discuss your situation, please contact URP staff.