Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities are increasingly being supported by funding agencies. Grants, Fellowships, and other opportunities are available both to faculty and to students directly.
There are regular opportunities for students to be funded to participate in research and creative activities. Some of these sources are for students who want experience doing research on larger, established projects, and other for students who have original ideas that they want to have supported. Most have only one deadline per year.
Below are several opportunities available to students. The office of Undergraduate Research Opportunities at U.C. Irvine also regularly updates a list of degree specific opportunities available for Mason students which can be found here.
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Student Grants and Funding Opportunities
Student Opportunity Center
National Science Foundation Summer Sites programs
If you want to work on science, engineering, math, technology, or social science (including archaeology, anthropology, sociology, or psychology) research project over the summer, and be paid, look at the National Science Foundation Summer Sites program. In these competitive programs, groups of about 10 undergraduate students from across the country come to a research site (sometimes another college, often a field location) and get paid (rates vary, but usually include travel, housing, and a substantial perdiem). Search for sites at this website. Most projects are posted by November, and applications are due in January or February for the following summer.
Young Explorers Grants from National Geographic
NIH Undergraduate Scholarship Program
The National Institutions of Health offers several programs for undergraduates.
NIH's Summer Internship Program is a highly competitive program that matches undergraduate students with NIH-funded research labs across the country. Students earn a monthly stipend for their participation. Applications ar
Smithsonian Institution Internships and Research Programs
And remember that Mason and the Smithsonian collaborate on the School of Conservation in Front Royal, and you can apply for a URSP to work at that amazing location.
Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research
Although you do not have to be a member of Sigma Xi to apply, members have a higher acceptance rate. You can contact Mason's Sigma Xi chapter at firstname.lastname@example.org to apply.
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Undergraduate Research Program
HHMI Janelia Undergraduate Research Scholars
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Dates and funding vary by program.