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Research Grants & McCormick Summer Research Award

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Why Apply for a Research Grant?

  • Winning a grant can help fund your research during the summer and the school year.
  • Winning a grant enables you to contribute to cutting-edge research that helps solve today’s complex engineering and science problems.
  • Winning a grant is a great honor that testifies to the undergraduate's knowledge, creativity, and determination.

Grant money is typically split between paying for student salaries and research materials, where the proportions allocated depend upon your adviser.

We strongly advise all students to work with their advisers to apply for grants.

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Grants for McCormick Undergraduates

Deadlines are typically three to six months before the award date, so be sure to apply early.

View our list of Summer Research Programs

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Gateway Research Awards

$1,000 grants are made available to McCormick freshmen or sophomores for the purpose of working under the direction of a faculty member here. This annual competition is offered in the Fall Quarter of every year.

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McCormick Summer Research Awards

McCormick provides awards of $5,000 each for qualifying undergraduate summer research. Awards are made on a competitive basis.

Applicants are to designate how the award would be spent, including partial coverage of the costs of doing the work and a stipend payable to the student. A budget detailing this breakdown of the $5,000 is required.

Apply for a McCormick Summer Research Award

The deadline for submission is April 4, 2016.

Application Requirements

The faculty mentor must confirm that they are willing to enable the proposed work.

When you complete the online application, upload a PDF file of the proposal document in the application’s submission window.

The proposal document must contain:

  • The project title
  • An abstract (less than 250 words)
  • A statement of where the work will be done and why the work will produce new knowledge (less than 250 words)
  • A description of the proposed work (less than 750 words)
  • A statement of why the award will be valuable to you (less than 250 words)
  • A line-item cost breakdown (at least four lines)
  • A personal resume (less than 300 words)

Awards will be made on both the intellectual merit of the proposed work and the value such an award may add to your education.