The Bucknell Program for Undergraduate Research is a University-wide program providing summer awards to students to conduct research and pursue scholarly projects and creative endeavors with faculty mentors. Awards are determined on a competitive basis by a faculty advisory committee representing all of Bucknell’s academic divisions. The advisory committee invites proposals that reflect the broad goals of the Program for Undergraduate Research: expand opportunities for students and faculty to collaboratively engage, hands-on, in a scholarly endeavor, together exploring and expanding our collective knowledge, understanding, wisdom, and appreciation.


All full-time, undergraduate Bucknell students, and their faculty, are eligible. Awards are not available for the summer following the senior year, although students in 5-year degree programs will be eligible during the summer after their 4th year. While repeat applications will be accepted, priority will be given to students applying for the first time. Note: Due to the limited number of opportunities available, each Bucknell faculty member is limited to a maximum of two student proposals per funding year.


Students will receive payments totaling $3,000 to support their research and will be eligible for student housing on campus. Recipients may not also earn academic credit for the research nor may the student be enrolled in academic course work during the project. Throughout the duration of the research project, students may not undertake employment beyond casual work not to exceed 10 hours per week.


The project should be designed to cover a period of at least eight weeks. Students are required to submit an abstract or short report on their research by Aug. 15, 2018; faculty mentors are asked to send email verification of their students’ research progress. In addition, students and mentors are required to participate in the annual Kalman Research Symposium to be held in spring 2019 at which students present the results of their collaborative efforts. Details about the Symposium will be communicated via email in early spring semester. This public exposition, in the form of a poster session or an oral presentation, also gives the larger Bucknell community the opportunity to meet the program participants and see the results of their research.


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Due Date

Proposals for the summer of 2018 are due by Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. ET. The advisory committee expects to notify applicants of their decision before spring break.