Undergraduate Research Excellence Award

Western Michigan University’s Undergraduate Research Excellence Award provides undergraduate WMU students with opportunities for hands-on research or creative experience with faculty members from the various colleges.


The award has two goals:

  1. To provide WMU undergraduate students with an opportunity to have a mentored research or creative activities-related experience with one of WMU’s externally funded faculty. Students can apply for $500 that can be used for supplies, equipment or travel for a semester or two-term experience.
  2. To provide WMU faculty who are externally funded the opportunity to work with and mentor an undergraduate student in a project related to their expertise. Faculty can request and justify up to $200 for additional supplies needed to support the student.

Faculty must have currently active external funding at the time of the project. Since students may not know who is currently funded, it is expected that the mentors will recruit students for their projects. Applicant cannot be awarded the research award in the same semester as their college or the Lee Honors College award.

Applications are due on Sept. 29, 2017, and Jan. 31, 2018, for work to be completed during the fall, spring, or summer I and II time frames. Applications must be submitted to the Office of the Vice President for Research by 5 p.m. on the published application deadline. Deliver application to 240W Walwood Hall, send via campus mail to OVPR Undergrad Research Excellence at mail stop 5456, or email to melanie.greer@wmich.edu

Research Excellence Award Program application

Previous winners

View a list of students who have benefited from this award: previous Undergraduate Research Excellence Awardees.