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Undergraduate Research Committee

STUDENTS: Spring Grant Application Deadline is Monday, February 15, 2016

The LSSU Undergraduate Research Committee announces a call for undergraduate student research proposals for the Spring 2016 semester. Awards of up to $500 to support senior capstone project/research-based equipment, supplies, and travel will be granted on a competitive basis. Students should consult with their faculty mentor and read the application guidelines. An online application is the final step. Contact one of the URC members if you have questions.

Student Research


Undergraduate research is an integral part of the student experience at Lake Superior State University. In fact, the University mission and vision statement emphasizes LSSU's role in helping students develop their full potential, as well as contributing to the growth, dissemination and application of knowledge.

The Undergraduate Research Committe (URC) is charged with promoting and recognizing the student research efforts that occur across campus, as well as encouraging new efforts. The committee consists of faculty members from various academic disciplines and is chaired by Dr. Nancy Kirkpatrick , the Dean of Biological & Physical Sciences, Mathematics & Computer Science.

One of the main roles of the URC is to oversee the Undergraduate Research Fund, a program sponsored by the LSSU Foundation that awards grants of up to $500 to students to support research-based equipment, supplies, and travel.

The student grants are awarded once each semester on a competitive basis. To apply for a research grant, students must fill out the online application form. Before applying, students should first read the application guidelines.

May 24, 2015: Students look into genes, industrial chemicals, Lake Superior whitefish, and over-the-counter supplements

January 27, 2015: Grants support student research into rare shorebirds, burgeoning dancers, crime-scene testing, and an effort to restore St. Marys rapids

January 24, 2014: Research grants assist with e-book sleeper, lake sturgeon studies

May 23, 2013: Student chemistry, biology studies funded by undergraduate research grants

January 10, 2013: Grants foster research into alien empathy, Great Lakes invaders

May 23, 2012: Ongoing grant continues to foster undergraduate research

January 17, 2012: Three more students receive award thanks to anonymous donor

April 28, 2011: Second round of research grants awarded to students

January 20, 2011: Six students receive inaugural undergraduate research awards.

URC Recipient Presents Work at National Conference in Utah

Sarah Schulz, a Spring 2011 URC grant recipient, presented her work at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research. The conference was held at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. The purpose of Sarah’s study was to investigate the influence of high and moderate intensity exercise on body mass and resting metabolic rate among women aged 18-40 years of age.


If you would like to donate to the URC grant fund: Online Giving




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