Funding priority deadlines are Oct. 15, Feb, 15, and Apr. 30.


  1. Appropriate uses for Undergraduate Research Program funding:
    1. Consumable materials (e.g., paper, postage, chemicals) and other supplies directly needed to conduct the research;
    2. Unique software or equipment needed to conduct the research;
    3. Travel expenses to and from research sites;
    4. Travel expenses and registration fees for conference at which the student has an accepted research proposal related to a DSU-funded project;
    5. Compensation for community partners or individuals who participate in the research;
    6. Training for skills that are specific and unique to the needs of the project;
    7. Cost of printing a poster for a conference at which the student has an accepted proposal;
    8. Other costs as aligned with the aforementioned criteria
    9. Unacceptable uses for this fund:
      1. Computers or other general materials that are not uniquely needed for this research;
      2. Salaries or stipends for individuals;
      3. Priorities: A maximum of $1500 per fiscal year may be funded based on the following priorities:
        1. First priority: Students conducting their own research under guidance from a faculty member, such as gathering data to test their own unique hypothesis or creating an original and significant composition in art, music, or writing.
        2. Second priority: Supplies necessary for faculty research in which students are actively involved in developing and implementing the research or composition (e.g., student would be listed as co-author if a publication resulted from the work).
        3. Third priority: Costs associated with conference attendance for students participating in research, such as travel expenses, registration fees, or poster printing.
        4. Fourth priority: Startup funds for a tenure-track faculty member who has not had an active line of research in the previous three academic years and intends to open a line of research in which a specific student or students will be actively involved.



  1. Applicant must be (a) a current student at DSU, (b) a tenure-track faculty member opening a new line of research, or (c) a DSU graduate continuing work begun while a student at DSU within one semester of the student’s graduation.
  2. Applicant must be prepared to present their work at the DSU Celebration of Scholarship during the funding year. If it is a faculty project, the student must be actively involved in the presentation.



Applications will be officially evaluated at two points during the academic year: first week of October for the fall cycle and first week of February for the spring cycle. Applications outside of these deadlines will be considered based on specified needs. All funds must be expended before June 15 of relevant fiscal year.