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Undergraduate Research

Office of Undergraduate Research & Fellowships

Undergraduate Research & Fellowships Programs and Services

The Undergraduate Creative Activities and Research Experiences (UCARE) program at UNL is a paid opportunity to work one-on-one with a faculty research mentor in any major or field.

Through UCARE, you’ll work alongside world-class UNL faculty members conducting cutting-edge research that will shape the future of Nebraska and beyond.

The First Year Research Experience (FYRE) matches eligible incoming first year undergraduates with faculty mentors to learn about research and creative activity in the mentor’s field and to engage in a manageable project for the academic year.

To be eligible, FYRE participants must either have a federal work-study financial aid award or be a member of the TRIO/Student Support Services Program.

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Undergraduate seniors and graduate students with research experience may be competitive candidates. Supports research-based master’s and doctoral (Ph.D.) study in scientific and social sciences fields.

Pell-eligible undergraduate students can receive up to $5,000 to study or intern abroad, plus an additional $3,000 for critical language study.

Undergraduate and graduate students can learn one of fourteen critical languages and participate in cultural exchange through fully-funded summer study abroad or virtual programs.

Discover research mentoring opportunities and support student professional development through Undergraduate Research & Fellowships participation.

Meet with an advisor for personalized guidance on selecting undergraduate research or fellowships experiences that match your unique needs. Create a customized plan for future years of involvement!

Other Undergraduate Research Programs

UNL’s McNair Scholars Program prepares its scholars for graduate study by goal setting, engaging in research with UNL faculty mentor guidance, and developing relational skills critical to success at the doctoral level. The program aims to increase the number of underrepresented students in doctoral programs.

The INBRE Scholar Program is an NIH-funded summer research program at UNL, UNMC, or Creighton University. UNL sophomores interested in a research career in biomedical sciences are invited to apply. Benefits include scholarship funding, a summer research experience in Omaha or Lincoln with the opportunity to continue projects through graduation, and support for graduate education in Nebraska.

The Undergraduate Student Research Program gives outstanding undergraduates the opportunity to conduct research under an Agricultural Research Division (ARD) faculty mentor.

Open to junior and senior undergraduates, this competitive grant program will also acquaint students with the scientific method, provide strong research and learning experiences, stimulate interest in teaching and research careers, and inform students about opportunities in graduate study.

The Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) is a gateway to graduate education at Big Ten Academic Alliance universities. The goal of the program is to increase the number of underrepresented students who pursue graduate study and research careers.

SROP helps prepare undergraduates for graduate study through intensive research experiences with faculty mentors and enrichment activities.

The Nebraska Summer Research Program (NE SRP) is a consortium of NSF funded Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) and other summer research opportunities programs (SROP), in partnership with the Office of Graduate Studies.

This intensive summer research experience provides a sense of community, mentoring, and research experiences while allowing scholars to preview graduate school life. Students with a strong interest in graduate programs are particularly encouraged to apply, as are those from populations traditionally underrepresented in graduate education.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) funds Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) sites, consisting of approximately 10 undergraduates who work on a specific research project the faculty and researchers of the host university. An REU Site may be at either a US or foreign location.

REU students receive stipends and, in many cases, assistance with housing and travel. To be eligible, REU students must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions.

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