Program Components

Student research presentation

Award

Conducting research outside of the classroom strengthens your transferable skill set, resume, and record of achievements. To support students in their endeavor to develop critical thinking, problem solving skills, and intellectual independence, undergraduate research assistants selected for LASURI receive an award of up to $1,250 per semester, pending satisfactory progress. Most participants are approved for two-semester projects and therefore receive up to $2,500 over the course of the year. Most faculty mentors receive a fixed amount to cover direct costs associated with the project.

We reach out to faculty mentors at the beginning of each term during a student’s LASURI award period. The transfer of funds to students is dependent on faculty mentors’ confirmation that the student is meeting expectations of the program. Research expense support will be transferred to the faculty member after this confirmation process during the student’s first term of participation.

Program Requirements

While conducting research, students can expect to meet consistently with their faculty mentor throughout the semester and to spend 6-10 hours per week working on their research project.

Once you have completed your research project, your final task is to present your work in a public forum and submit an abstract to LASURI.

With permission from their department, LASURI research assistants may (but are not required to) register for independent study credit hours with the faculty mentor during the period of the award.