UCARE applications open for summer, next academic year

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UCARE applications open for summer, next academic year

UCARE awards stipends to UNL undergraduates to participate in a research or creative project with a faculty mentor.

Student applications for the university’s Undergraduate Creative Activities and Research Experiences program are being accepted through Feb. 15. Program update recordings are available to faculty, students and staff for 2024-2025.

The UCARE program offers students competitively awarded merit stipends and hourly Federal Work Study positions to engage in world-class professional development under a faculty mentor on a research or creative project. Each year, UCARE recipients commit to 20 hours per week on summer projects or ten hours per week on academic year projects. Projects from all majors and disciplines are accepted and highly encouraged.

All UCARE students will have the opportunity to present their research or creative work at either the 2024 Summer Research Symposium or the 2025 Spring Student Research Days. Skill-building workshops on topics like graduate school preparation and professional presentation skills are also offered throughout the summer and academic terms to enhance the program experience.

In anticipation for the new application, the Office of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships held program update workshops for faculty, students and staff between October and November 2023. Workshop recordings are available and include details about program changes, strategies for outreach and tips for proposal writing.

Proposals for projects during summer 2024 and academic year 2024-2025 can be submitted online via NuRamp.. To begin an application, select UCARE under the competition drop-down menu.

Interested undergraduate students must confirm a project and faculty mentor during application. Full eligibility requirements and resources on identifying a faculty mentor or developing a research or creative proposal can be found on the UCARE website.

Resources for prospective faculty mentors are also available online. Questions about the UCARE program or application process can be e-mailed to ucare@unl.edu.

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