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On-Campus Research

Chemistry student researcher

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.

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 $4,400 stipend while half-time researchers (200 hours) receive a $2,200 stipend. The program runs from mid-May through the end of July.

The 2020 application is closed.

Tips for Writing an Effective Proposal

Summer Research Information Session Power Point 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 $1,100 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 2020 application is closed.

Tips for Writing an Effective Proposal

Summer Research Information Session Power Point Slides


Academic-Year Research Grants (100 hours)

Each fall URGO offers $1,425 research grants for undergraduates 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 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 application and report form to by May 22nd, 2020.

The 2019-2020 Academic-Year Research Application is closed. The 2020-2021 application will become available in September, 2020.

Project Completion Report

Completion Report must be submitted by May 22nd, 2020.

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.