The School of Undergraduate Studies offers competitive grants to students seeking funds to promote academic and career exploration. Grants can be requested in any amount up to $2,000, provided that the student carefully considers and succeeds in communicating how their academic or career plans will benefit from the experience.
Recipients of the Summer Exploration Grant are encouraged to be creative with their planned exploration. Since the program’s inception in 2010, recipients have put their grants toward a variety of diverse experiences, including
- Teaching English to elementary students in Cuzco, Peru
- Participating in the Halliburton Summer Business Foundations Institute
- Studying medicinal plants in Cuzco, Peru
- Providing medical and dental services through Global Medical Brigades in Tegucigalpa, Honduras
2016 Summer Exploration Grant recipient, Mustapha Jolaade, learned about agricultural communities and engineering in Morocco. His trip to a farming community in Daar-ul-Takhfist, in the valley of the North Africa Atlas Mountain range, showed him how the application of mechanical and petroleum engineering helps communities around the world. He saw first-hand the challenges farmers face, from lack of proper irrigation to climate change. Now a petroleum engineering major, Jolaade says his choice was motivated by his goal of bringing affordable energy to communities across the world.
For more information, visit the Eligibility and Application page. Spring 2020 applications have closed. Check back in late-fall for the 2021 Summer Exploration Grant.