Undergraduate Research Awards (URA)
Undergraduate Research Awards (URA) are granted to promote and facilitate undergraduate research and experience in the lab. It is required for students to register for a research course for class credit if they are awarded a URA. See the section below titled Concurrent Enrollment for further information.
There are 2 types of URAs: New and Renewal. Please see below for additional information about applying for one of these awards. Carefully read and follow the provided instructions and guidelines. Not following application instructions may result in your ineligibility to receive a URA.
Deadline for Spring/Summer 2020 URA proposals is Friday, April 3, 2020 at 5pm.
Applications are now being accepted.
Deadline for Fall 2020 URA proposals is Friday July 31, 2020 at 5pm.
Applications will open July 1, 2020
URA Proposal Workshop
First-time applicants and first-time renewal applicants are required to attend a URA workshop. These workshops are held 2-3 days prior to the application deadline during fall and winter semesters.
Anyone who may have questions or is in need of assistance or guidance in formatting their proposal is welcome to attend. The meeting will focus on how to write a high-impact URA proposal/renewal.
You are expected to have a rough draft of your proposal ready before this meeting. Bring your proposal with you to the workshop. Please refer to the Guidelines document, see the link at the top of each section below, to help you write your proposal.
Fall semester workshop time and date TBA in W140 BNSN.
New URA Application
New URA applications can be submitted and accepted at any time throughout the semester with advisor approval. Consult with your faculty advisor about a research project and write the URA proposal with their assistance.
Your application will be reviewed and you will be notified by email if your proposal has been accepted and an award granted.
Complete the following steps to apply:
Attend the URA Proposal Workshop
Complete "My Profile" at http://mentoring.byu.edu. Upload a photo, preferably of you working in your lab.
Complete "Application" at http://mentoring.byu.edu for each semester/term you apply.
For mid-semester applications, email the URA administrator at email@example.com and inform her that you have submitted a new proposal.
Renewal URA Application
IMPORTANT: Late renewal applications will not be considered.
Complete the following steps by the application deadline:
Attend the URA proposal workshop if you are renewing for the first time.
Update "My Profile" at http://mentoring.byu.edu. Upload a photo, preferably of you working in your lab.
Update "Application" at http://mentoring.byu.edu for each semester/term you apply.
Complete a brief progress report at http://mentoring.byu.edu for the last semester you received a URA. This is found under "My Reports" on the dashboard. If you have not completed this task, you will not be considered for a URA award.
Complete "URA Submission Form" and upload your renewal each semester/term at https://forms.gle/dM9PYknXNz9RDSjn9
Starting Fall 2019, all students working in Chemistry and Biochemistry research labs are required to be concurrently enrolled in a research course in order to receive a URA. Research course options are: 297R, 497R, or 498R. Please discuss with your lab advisor to determine which course is most appropriate for you.
Spring/Summer ONLY - registration for a research course is not required but highly encouraged.
Chem 297R is generally for new students that are being trained in the lab. This course is .5 credit hours with a pass/fail grade.
Chem 497R is for students who conduct their research with more autonomy in the lab. This course is 1 credit hour with a pass/fail grade.
Chem 498R is a research capstone course that requires an extensive research paper. You will be graded on your report and on your work in the lab. This course is a variable credit course with a letter grade.