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Graduate Research Opportunities


The Office of Grants and Sponsored Programs will hold annually a grant competition for graduate students.  The awards will provide funding for your non-class research project.  It is expected that the research should be completed within the Spring and Summer semesters each year. 

Applications are available here

The RISE Program priorities for students:

  • are innovative and will add to the knowledge of an applicant’s discipline
  • will results in an external scholarly presentation, demonstration, publication, or exhibition
  • are in addition to course required projects


Fundable projects must have a well-defined research design or goal.  All applications must conform to all pertinent Commonwealth and Federal requirements (see especially item 7 in the checklist).  All projects are expected to be completed within 2 semesters.  The maximum possible award for student applications is $300. 

 Acceptable expenses are:  

  •  Supplies
  • Travel
  • Animals
  • Equipment


 Successful applicants receiving awards will present their research at the Dean’s Research Colloquium which will be held during the Fall semester each year.  Additionally, the awardee will submit a report electronically to the Office of Grants and Sponsored Programs after he/she completed the project.