Program Overview


Program Overview

The Undergraduate Research Academy encourages students to expand their education beyond the classroom through participation in research and creative projects mentored by UCCS faculty. The Academy objective is to support collaborative efforts between the student and faculty member, where both members benefit from the experience. Academy students act as research assistants on meaningful projects identified by their faculty mentor. The faculty member is responsible for providing significant and meaningful guidance and mentorship. Through this opportunity, the student gains valuable experience, while being paid, and the faculty member’s research program goals are furthered. Students may identify faculty mentors or vice versa.

As a high-impact practice, undergraduate research is an opportunity for students to explore their fields hands-on with the guidance of experienced faculty. Data from UCCS indicates that students participating in the URA are four times as likely to attend graduate school and are 120% more likely to reach graduation. It is evident that taking part in mentored undergraduate research experiences is valuable piece in enhancing student experience, retention, and success. The Center for Student Research encourages applications from interdisciplinary teams and diverse student and/or faculty mentors from all disciplines. 

Download the full program overview, eligibility, and expectations HERE 

Download the application HERE

Summer 2024 Applications Due April 1st

Funding Possibilities
Student expectations
Faculty expectations

[1] Students must abide by university policies on employment. These policies may differ between the regular semester and the summer semester. Faculty Mentors are responsible for ensuring they are following university policies regarding student employment.

Questions can be directed to Jennifer Poe, URA Director at