The Bucknell Program for Undergraduate Research is a University-wide program providing summer awards to students to conduct research, engage in other scholarship, or undertake creative projects with faculty mentors. Awards are determined on a competitive basis by a faculty selection committee representing all of Bucknell’s academic divisions. The advisory committee invites proposals that reflect the broad goals of the Program for Undergraduate 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. Applications from students who have received a PUR grant in the past will be accepted, but priority will be given to students who have not received PUR funding before. Note: Due to the limited number of opportunities available, each Bucknell faculty member cannot mentor more than two PUR recipients per summer.


To support their work on the proposed project, students will receive payments totaling $3,000 and on-campus housing during the period of their PUR work. Recipients may not also earn academic credit for their work on the project. Throughout the duration of the project, students may not undertake additional coursework or employment that would encumber their time beyond 10 hours per week.


The project must cover a period of at least eight weeks. Students are required to submit an abstract and short reflection on their scholarly work by August 15, 2019; faculty mentors are expected to verify their students’ progress on the project. In addition, students and mentors are required to participate in the annual Kalman Research Symposium to be held in spring 2020 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 summer’s work.


View the application.

Due Date

Proposals for the summer of 2019 are due by Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. ET. The selection committee expects to notify applicants of their decision before spring break.