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Undergraduate Research Scholars

Program Overview

The Undergraduate Research Scholars Program is designed to help spur students’ interest in innovation and research while pursuing their academic career. Students in this program will develop the habits, skills and attitudes required to be successful in creating new knowledge or translating it to other areas.

During the program, scholars will:

  • Participate in mentor-led student research opportunities
  • Apply the scientific method to study an area of interest
  • Learn laboratory and other research skills
  • Collect, analyze and interpret data
  • Create a capstone project or presentation during their senior or P1 year

How to Apply

To apply for the program, submit:

  1. A completed Application for Admission
  2. An application essay (maximum of 750 words)
    A 2016 Pew research study indicated that nearly 75 percent of adults consider themselves lifelong learners. These adults fall into two main categories: personal learners and professional learners. Personal learners indicated they advanced their knowledge about something that would make their life more interesting and full. These learners indicated their activities helped them feel more capable and well-rounded by opening up new perspectives about their lives. Professional learners indicated they learned to improve job skills. Motivation for these learners included certification and licensing, salary raises and advancement in their careers. Regardless of a specific learning goal, learning requires researching a topic, assessing prior knowledge, solving problems and providing evidence of the newly acquired knowledge.
    Learning happens not only in the classroom but also in many life situations. Describe something you were personally motivated to learn outside of your high school classes, and what you did to achieve your success. Your essay should include evidence (you may include photos and links to YouTube videos) of your knowledge gains, specific examples of how you learned and why it was personally important for you to explore your topic.

  3. A letter of recommendation from an individual who supervised an independent project you completed while in high school (this could be a science fair project, project for a club, Eagle Scout project or something you taught yourself with minimal adult supervision). The letter should highlight your problem-solving skills and your ability to do independent work.

Please submit your essay by email to daniel.stiffler@uhsp.edu. The message’s subject line should read Undergraduate Research Scholars Essay.


  • February 3: Deadline for all application materials
  • February 17: Finalist notifications
  • March 6: Interview Day

Have Questions?

For questions, contact the Office of Financial Aid at 314.446.8167 or financialaid@uhsp.edu.

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