URGO provides research opportunities for Augsburg undergraduate students year-round. Student researchers work directly with faculty mentors as they gain important analytic, technical, and writing skills. In an increasingly competitive job market and graduate admissions pool, these transferable skills are highly valuable. URGO offers a 10-week Summer Research Program as well as research grants throughout the academic year for students who wish to further their study outside the classroom. Students from all disciplines are invited to participate, and past projects have ranged from biology lab work to theater performance. All final projects are presented at the Augsburg Zyzzogeton Research Symposium in the spring.
URGO Summer Research Program
The URGO Summer Research Program is a 10-week, on-campus program where students are funded to join a faculty member’s on-going research/creative line or carry out an individually-designed project. Students receive support throughout the research process from their faculty mentor, weekly seminars, and roundtable discussions with fellow researchers. URGO provides full-time summer researchers with a $4,000 stipend while half-time researchers receive a $2,000 stipend. The program runs from the last week of May to the first week of August. To apply, complete phase 1 and phase 2 of the URGO Summer Research Program application with your faculty mentor and have them email the application materials email@example.com by the posted deadline.
All research and travel funding applications and report forms can be found under the “Applications and Forms” tab on the left.
URGO Summer Research Assistantships
URGO also provides funding for students to work for a professor as a research assistant on an ongoing research project. This is a 100-hour commitment over the course of the summer and comes with a $1,000 stipend. This is an excellent opportunity to try out research for the first time or focus on a specific aspect of a research project. To apply, complete phase 1 and phase 2 of the Summer Research Assistantship application with your faculty mentor and have them email the application materials firstname.lastname@example.org by the posted deadline.
Academic-Year Research Grants
Each fall URGO offers $1,000 research grants for students who wish to gain research experience with an Augsburg faculty member. These grants require 100 hours of research over the course of the academic year and are a great way to ease into research or to continue work on an existing project. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and can be found under the “Applications and Forms” tab. To apply, complete the electronic application with your faculty mentor and have them email it to email@example.com. Upon completion of the research project, students are required to fill out the research report form and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Conference Travel Funding
URGO offers up to $750 in travel funding for Augsburg students who wish to present research at a professional conference. These funds can mitigate the high costs of travel such as airfare and lodging, and can contribute to students’ professionalization. Students should contact a faculty member in their department to learn about professional conferences in their field. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and can be found under the “Applications and Forms” tab. To apply, complete the electronic application found under the “Applications and Forms” tab and email to email@example.com. The application must be filed and accepted prior to the conference. Students are required to fill out the expense report form and turn in all itemized receipts to the URGO office within two weeks upon returning from the conference.