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2020-21 call for applications

The Undergraduate Research in Science & Technology Endowment, funded by generous donors and alumni, supports excellence in undergraduate research in fields related to science and technology for students from any major at UC Santa Cruz. To apply you must have a UC Santa Cruz faculty sponsor, and that sponsor must complete an online recommendation for your project.

We have revamped the application process for the Undergraduate Research in Science & Technology Awards to extend the application date for this summer’s projects and offer additional application dates for projects extending throughout the next year. We encourage you to discuss with your faculty advisor whether you could complete your project in some form during shelter-in-place or if there would be an equivalent independent-study research project you could complete instead. Award funding is applicable to either option. Alternatively, you and your faculty advisor could make a plan for a project that takes place during the coming year or next summer. You can apply now, if you know what you want to do.
Amount & use
Award amount: $2,500–3,500 per proposal; multiple awards given

How the funds may be used: Each awardee will receive $2,500 and may request up to $1,000 in additional funds to cover costs associated with conducting research or presenting research results, such as lab fees, supplies, equipment expenses, travel associated with field work, and the costs associated with presenting research at conferences; please create this budget in consultation with your faculty sponsor. These additional funds must be used by the end of summer quarter 2021 (August 27, 2021).
Awards will be announced per the schedule below, with actual funding provided in the quarter when you begin the project, as confirmed by your faculty advisor.

Eligibility & Requirements
Any undergraduate registered and enrolled UC Santa Cruz who is in good academic standing and and will not graduate before the project is completed. If you have questions, please contact the dean’s office at

All award recipients will be required to provide a handwritten or typed thank you note and complete a questionnaire for stewardship purposes and may be asked to participate in other recognition-events. If for any reason you would not be able to participate in the recognition activities outlined above, we will work with you on an alternative.

For projects to be conducted in summer 2020:

  • All materials are due by the end of the day on Friday, May 15, 2020
  • Awards announced on Friday, May 29, 2020

For projects to be conducted during the 2021 academic year:

  • All materials are due by the end of the day on Friday, October 9, 2020
  • Awards announced on Friday, October 23, 2020

For projects to be conducted in summer 2021:

  • All materials are due by the end of the day on Friday, March 19, 2021
  • Awards announced on Friday, April 2, 2021
Selection criteria
Selection criteria: Proposals will be evaluated based on the quality and strength of the written research proposal, the feasibility of the project, the budget request, and the quality of the faculty recommendation.

Selection process: The Physical and Biological Sciences Undergraduate Award Committee, composed of faculty in the Sciences at UC Santa Cruz, will review the application materials, rank each proposal, and select award recipients.

Past recipients


Astronomy & Astrophysics
Marina Huang
Catherine Manea
Nick Omahen
Zafar Rustamkulov
Chemistry & Biochemistry
Carolin Wahl
Earth & Planetary Sciences
Emily Carreno
Thomas Dewey
Esther Muñoz
Molecular, Cell, & Developmental Biology
Kareem Bdeir
Shiron Drunsinsky
Edward Kim
Alexis Muñoz
Connie Silva
Radha Thakore
Megan Torgrimson
Nitin Vidyasagar
Robert Wilcox
Joey Wong
Brian Young
Raziq Noorai

How to apply

Completed applications and faculty reference form should both be submitted by the posted deadline. If you have questions, please contact the dean’s office at

The online application form asks for a description of your project in 500 words or less and a budget for your project using the template provided below. The application requires a recommendation from your faculty sponsor, which you should obtain by sending them the faculty recommendation form link. Before you submit your application online, please make sure you have completed your project proposal and budget and have secured your faculty sponsorship.

  1. Application form – Student completes
  2. Budget example
  3. Budget template – Save your own copy, complete it, and then upload it within the application.
  4. Faculty recommendation form – Forward to your faculty sponsor to complete

Application form