Undergraduate Research Funding

Student travel grants are available to support currently-enrolled undergraduates presenting at professional academic conferences under the mentorship of full-time faculty. As funds are limited, I would like to encourage faculty to use the Intent to Apply form for conferences in the spring semester and email it to me, Anupama Jacob, Interim Director of Undergraduate Research (ugresearch@apu.edu). I will do my best to accommodate your requests as we would like to support our undergraduate students in their scholarship efforts. You can find the Undergraduate Travel Request Form, Intent to Apply Form, and additional conference travel information here:


The recent student research presentation page of the Undergraduate Research Program website has been updated to showcase all of the 2018-2019 presentations as well as presentations scheduled for the 2019-2020 academic year. Undergraduate student publications and co-publications resulting from research presented at academic conferences have also been added. Student presentations from 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 can be found in the archive link.

We are pleased to support undergraduate research experience through the SURE program https://www.apu.edu/undergraduate-research/sure-award/). The deadline to apply for this annual competitive funding grant will be in April; more details to follow early next semester. We appreciate the mentoring many of you are providing to our undergraduate students through this program and the good work that has come from our student/faculty dyads who have received the SURE grant. I would like to highlight some of the publications that have come out of SURE research:

  • Zachary Fuhr's 2017 SURE research: "Quaker Peacemaker? Richard Nixon and the Strategic Arms Limitations Treaty with the Soviet Union" (mentored by Ethan Schrum, Ph.D., Department of History and Political Science) was published as Fuhr, Zachary. “Hot Line Ring: Richard Nixon and the Hot Line Modernization Agreement of 1971,” History Matters: An Undergraduate Journal of Historical Research (Appalachian State University): Volume 15 (May 2018).
  • Tess Scherkenback's 2016 SURE research: "Helping the Homeless: A Model of Public and Private Sector Partnership in Los Angeles County" (mentored by Abbylin Sellers, Ph.D., Department of History and Political Science) was published as Scherkenback, Tess. “Helping the Homeless: A Model of Public- and Private-Sector Partnership in Los Angeles County,” Values & Capitalism (American Enterprise Institute): pp. 107-144 (Spring 2017).
  • Alain León's 2016 SURE research, "Minding the ‘Unbridgeable Gap’: The Future of Conscientious Objection in a Secular Age," (mentored by Rico Vitz, Ph.D., Chair of the Department of Philosophy) was co-published as Alain Julian León and Rico Vitz. "Minding the ‘Unbridgeable Gap’: The Future of Conscientious Objection in a Secular Age." Christian Bioethics Journal: Non-Ecumenical Studies in Medical Morality (Oxford University Press): Volume 23, Issue 2, pp. 149-168 (August 2017).
Travel Request Form 2019-2020.docx
Intent to Apply Form 2019-2020.docx