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EIU Pine Honors College

Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities (URSCA)

To support the University's mission of fostering opportunities for student-faculty scholarship, the Sandra and Jack Pine Honors College offers undergraduates the opportunity to apply for competitive funding to promote their research, scholarship, and creative activities.

Students have presented their URSCA-funded research and creative activity at regional and national discipline-specific conferences, and at the National Conferences on Undergraduate Research (NCUR).

See a list of our URSCA award winners.


  • undergraduate student in good standing with a minimum 3.00 GPA
  • enrolled full-time for the current semester AND the semester in which the research/creative activity is to be conducted
  • For Summer awards, students must be enrolled in at least one research or creative activity class related to the funded project; this includes independent studies.
  • For Fall and Spring awards, students must work on an independent project under the guidance of a research mentor.
  • Research must be completed, and the summary reflection submitted to the Honors College at the end of the term for which the grant was awarded.
  • Students do not need to be part of the Honors College to apply.

Fall, Spring, and Summer Awards

Depending on the availability of funds, the award for Fall and Spring applicants will be in the amount of $750 ($500 paid to the student's account; $250 given to the faculty mentor's department to help support the student's research project). Summer awards are usually higher and are enough to cover the cost of a summer course.


Spring 2023 URSCA applications: Friday, Oct 14, 2022

Summer 2023 URSCA applications: Friday, March 3, 2023

Fall 2023 URSCA applications: Friday, April 7, 2023

Note: applications open on AcademicWorks for each round approximately one week after the previous round closes.

To Apply

  1. Review the proposal instructions, below. Do feel free to look at samples of prior successful URSCA proposals.
  2. Complete the written part of your proposal in a Word document, and then share it with your faculty mentor to review.
  3. Your faculty mentor will receive an email requesting information in support of your application. For more info, see below.
  4. Complete and submit your application on AcademicWorks (or sign into Academicworks and search for URSCA).

Note that while the samples are from summer proposals, they have the essential ingredients of all good proposals--a clear project with a detailed timeline, a plan for publicizing the results of research, and specific plans for the funds to be awarded.

Note that the last question asks for a budget. Please be as specific as possible. Travel to the annual NCUR conference is funded separately from the URSCA award, so please do not list NCUR travel as a category of expense.

Proposal Instructions

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Contact Information

Sandra and Jack Pine Honors College

Pemberton Hall South
600 Lincoln Avenue
Charleston, IL 61920
(217) 581-2017
(888) 440-4664
Fax: (217) 581-7222

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