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Funding and summer programs

A variety of funding is available for students to use for research and creative activities, and there are several summer programs to consider. Here is a sample of some of these. Several department have research funding for students. Talk to an academic or research adviser to learn more.

Augie Choice

All students receive $2,000 to support a qualifying hands-on learning experience of their choice, such as international study, research or an internship. Students who will be doing research or a creative project during their junior or senior year should look to this fund as a first option to support the work. Support can include travel, materials and a stipend. Contact Beth Ford in CORE (third floor, Olin Center), 309-794-8612.

Augustana student research grants and fellowships

Augustana offers five sources of funding for students to do research, undertake special projects and participate in professional conferences. These funds are available to students in all disciplines, including the arts and humanities. See the student research grants and fellowships page for application information and deadlines.

Funding includes:

Summer student research fellowships: These offer up to $3,000 plus up to $500 in expenses. The application deadline is in January.

Student-faculty academic partnership grant: These offer up to a $2,640 stipend each term; rolling applications.

Student research grant: These offer up to $1,000 to support student research and creative projects; rolling application.

Student attendance at professional conferences: A maximum of $500 per student is available. The student must be a presenter; rolling application.

Faculty/student attendance at professional conferences: A maximum of $200 per participant; either faculty member or at least one student should be presenting; rolling application.

William F. Freistat Grants

The William F. Freistat Center at Augustana College provides support to encourage the development of peace studies, especially studies of the broader issues of diplomacy, such as justice and fairness.

Student grants cover expenses related to the Student-Faulty Fellows Program, expenses related to the Language and Cultural Enhancement Program; Intensive language study abroad, and travel to present papers at undergraduate and professional conferences.

Augustana NSF-funded grants

IINSPIRE-at-Augustana provides funding for student research. IINSPIRE-at-Augustana is an affiliate of the National Science Foundation's Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation program. It is designed to increase the quantity and quality of underrepresented students in the sciences (biology, biochemistry, chemistry, physics, geology), technology, engineering and mathematics. (See eligibility requirements.)

The Augustana College Science Scholars Program provides funding for scholarships for incoming students with high financial need who are planning to major in science fields.

Department grants and stipends

Many academic departments have research and creative scholarship support for students. Check with an advisor for possible sources.

Other sources

The Council on Undergraduate Research connects students and faculty with undergraduate research opportunities. CUR has information about meetings, programs, and publications across a variety of disciplines.

Professional and student organizations (e.g., Psi Chi for Psychology) provide research and travel funds. Check with an advisor about these organizations; students may need to be a member to be eligible for research funds.

The National Science Foundation funds a large number of research opportunities for undergraduates through its Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program in the physical, biological, social sciences and math.

Summer programs

Check with the Student Research office in CORE for the latest list of programs. The Upper Mississippi Center has paid summer research and internship opportunities for students in all disciplines.

Other options:

The William F. Freistat Center’s Student-Faculty Fellows Program enables a faculty member to help two students conduct undergraduate research abroad during the summer.