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Undergraduate Research Grants
  • In each round, $37,500 is available for Psi Chi undergraduate members to directly assist with undergraduate research projects. Additionally, the 11 highest scoring applications in each round will receive an additional stipend for the Faculty Sponsor in the amount of $1,500.
  • An annual total of $112,500 in funding is available for student grants. An additional $49,500 is annually available for the 33 designated faculty stipends. This makes the annual total of the Undergraduate Research Grants $162,000. This is then divided equally between the fall, spring, and summer rounds of the program.
  • Each applicant may request up to $1,500 for a standard research grant.
  • Applicants who will need to relocate or travel 50 miles one way to collect or analyze data, work in a laboratory, collaborate in person with the Faculty Sponsor and or co-investigators or otherwise need to travel significant distances to complete the research project have the option to provide evidence of relocation or travel and apply for a larger grant in the amount of $3,500.
  • Research that focuses on diversity topics will be automatically considered for the Mamie Phipps Clark Research Grant through this application. The number of Mamie Phipps Clark recipients is dependent upon the number of eligible applications.

Deadlines are November 1, February 1, and May 1 or the closest weekday.


  1. Plan your research project for success with your team and/or faculty sponsor. Pick the deadline out of three that best suits you.
  2. Identify the faculty member who will serve as a mentoring sponsor and oversee the research if you did not start out with one.
  3. Write a proposal and budget for your research project.
  4. Submit any evidence you have of the need to relocate or of significant travel over 50 miles one way related to the project in order to qualify for a $3,500 grant.
  5. Obtain IRB approval if applicable before beginning the project.
  6. After receiving recipient notification, claim grant funds immediately by filling out the short claim online.


Proposals with multiple authors are accepted, but the first author listed should be:

  • the primary author and principle investigator,
  • an undergraduate student,
  • a member of Psi Chi and,
  • responsible for ensuring grant funds are used on the project

Applicants may only submit one proposal per round and may only receive one Undergraduate Research Grant per year.

The application portal will open approximately 30 days before the deadline.


 2016–17 Winners


Claire Kostelnik
St. Mary's College of Maryland

Steve Pilato
Stetson University (FL)

Sharanya Rao
Mary Baldwin University (VA)

Rebecca Reidy
Randolph–Macon College (VA)

Christine Tai
New York University

Kendra Tamaklo
Lander University (SC)

Joseph Saito
University of San Fransisco (CA)

Kevin Newhall
Vassar College (NY)

Robert J. Jirsaraie
University of Colorado Denver (CO)

Sakura Takahashi
Duke University (NC)

Samantha Scott
University of Puget Sound

Victoria Mousley
College of the Holy Cross



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