Program for Undergraduate Research


The Bucknell Program for Undergraduate Research (PUR) is a University-wide program providing awards to students to conduct research, engage in other scholarship or undertake creative projects with faculty mentors during the summer. 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 program’s broad goals of expanding opportunities for students and faculty to collaboratively engage hands-on, in a scholarly endeavor.

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.

All full-time Bucknell undergraduate students are eligible to apply. Awards are not available for the summer following the student’s senior year, although students enrolled in a five-year degree programs are eligible to receive an award during the summer after their fourth 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. Due to the limited number of opportunities available, each Bucknell faculty member cannot mentor more than two PUR recipients per summer.

Students receiving a PUR grant must:

  • Engage in a scholarly project for at least eight weeks.

  • Submit an abstract and short reflection on their scholarly work by mid-August.

  • Present the results of their work with their faculty mentors at the annual Kalman Research Symposium.


Application Deadline: First Tuesday in February

Undergraduate Fellowships & Research


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