The Center for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship (CURS) at BGSU provides grants to individual students or small teams of students to conduct research, scholarly or creative projects under the guidance of a faculty mentor in the students' chosen discipline. Gaining hands-on experience in their field of study is an invaluable opportunity for students to prepare themselves for graduate studies or to distinguish themselves in the job market.
CURS students typically give presentations on their project on campus at our annual Undergraduate Symposium for Research and Scholarship as well as at external events. This allows them to practice their communication and presentation skills to better prepare them for their future careers.
CURS grants typically consist of $500 toward the cost of the project (or $750 in case of a group project) and a students stipend of $200 (spring and fall grants) or $2500 (summer grants). Summer grants are the most intensive learning experience for the students as they are required to work a total of 280 hours over 10 weeks on their projects.
The demand for CURS grants has grown rapidly at BGSU over the past few years as students discover the benefits from this high-impact learning practice for their future. Therefore, we are no longer able to fund every one of the excellent applications we receive. The goal of this fundraiser is to help give more students the opportunity to participate in CURS projects and thus set them on the right path for their future.
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