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On-Campus Research

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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 an 11-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.

Academic-Year Research Grants (80 hours)

Each fall URGO offers $1,140 research grants for undergraduates who wish to gain research experience with an Augsburg faculty member.  These grants require 80 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 for Academic-Year Research Grants are accepted on a rolling basis.  To apply, complete the electronic application below with your faculty mentor.  Upon completion of the research project, students are required to fill out the research report form below.  Mentor approval for projects is shown by emailing the report form to by May 20, 2022.

URGO is currently not taking applications for 2021-22 academic research as we have not received budget approval to do so.

Project Completion Report

Completion Report must be submitted by May 20, 2022.


URGO Federal Work-Study Research Pilot Program

This is a pilot program supporting undergraduate research students through federal work-study funds.  We are limiting the number of student researchers supported during the 20-21 academic year to 12 students and funding will be determined by a first-come, first-serve basis.  Faculty from any discipline who need assistance with their research from a student are invited to participate in the pilot.  An individual faculty member may propose only one student position who will work 5-20 hours per week and no more than their federal work-study allotment.  During the 20-21 academic year, the research projects must follow Augsburg’s guidelines regarding Covid-19.

Please note that the student eligibility for federal work-study and the total number of hours must be confirmed by Human Resources after you complete this form.  Open until all 12 positions are filled.

If the student will work 100 hours or less total, we recommend applying instead for the URGO Academic Year research grant above.

Questions contact Human Resources at

2020-2021 Federal Work-Study Student Researcher Request Form


URGO Summer Research Program (200 or 400 hours)

The URGO Summer Research Program is an 11-week, on-campus program where students are funded to work with a faculty mentor.  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 (400 hours) with a $5,700 stipend while half-time researchers (200 hours) receive a $2,850 stipend.  The program runs from mid-May through the end of July.

The 2021 application is available below. Phase 1 is now due February 9th.

2021 Phase 1 Application

2021 Phase 2 Application 200 or 400 Hours

2021 Summer Research Info Packet

Tips for Writing an Effective Proposal

Summer Research Information Session PowerPoint Slides

Sample Research Proposals – must be signed in with an Augsburg email to access proposals

Please note that proposals will vary quite a bit by discipline and project.  These samples are simply meant to provide you with an idea of the tone and level of detail expected in a proposal. 


URGO Summer Research Assistantships (100 hours)

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 $1,425 stipend.  This is an excellent opportunity to try out research for the first time or focus on a specific aspect of a research project.

The 2021 application is available below.

2021 Phase 1 Application

2021 Research Assistantship Phase 2 Application

2021 Summer Research Info Packet

Augsburg Experience

All URGO research experiences count towards the Augsburg Experience requirement if the student presents their research publicly (Zyzzogeton, regional conference, national conference, etc.).

To apply your URGO research to the Augsburg Experience requirement:

  1. After you have completed your hours and public presentation, have your faculty mentor sign the Augsburg Experience Form.
  2. Turn the form in to the Registrar.