UNI offers more than simply an unmatched classroom experience. As students network with their peers and faculty, the chance for collaboration grows. And from those collaborations come outstanding student research.
Below find upcoming research events, as well as award opportunities and other resources that can help you make the most of the student opportunities available here at UNI.
Upcoming Research Conferences and Events - Spring/Summer 2021
INSPIRE Student Research & Engagement Conference - April 12-13, 2021 (Virtual)
The College of Social & Behavioral Sciences and the Graduate College are joining forces for a combined conference that’s bigger and better than ever! Undergraduate and graduate students from all majors across campus are invited to participate in the new, virtual INSPIRE Student Research & Engagement Conference on April 12-13, 2021. The combined conference will be an opportunity for students to showcase the wide variety of experiential activities in which they participate inside and outside of the classroom, including research, internship/volunteer experiences, club activities and/or creative performances. All students will be required to have a faculty advisor, so please reach out to your students to let them know about this opportunity to highlight their hard work. Submissions are due March 22, 2021. Projects still “in progress” are eligible to be presented. Contact Helen Harton or Windee Weiss, conference co-coordinators, with any questions.
Lawrence M. Jepson Undergraduate Conference on International Economics - Friday, April 16, 2021 (Virtual)
The Annual Undergraduate Research Conference on International Economics has been established to honor Lawrence M. Jepson's vision to understand the importance of global interrelationships. A selection of papers presented in the conference and other conferences are published in the open access journal The Proceedings of the Jepson Undergraduate Conference on International Economics. The conference is sponsored by the Lawrence M. Jepson Endowment and the Department of Economics at the University of Northern Iowa. Deadline for abstract submission is Saturday, March 20, 2021.
VIRTUAL Honors Research Day - Saturday, April 17, 2021 (Virtual)
Each Spring, the Honor Program hosts a conference-style research day to celebrate the work of graduating honors students. Students present oral presentations of their honors theses for family, friends, fellow students, and professors. This event is open to the public and will be hosted virtually.
Research in the Capitol is a collaborative effort of the Honors Programs from the University of Northern Iowa, Iowa State University, and the University of Iowa. In the spring of every year, the three Regents universities send 20 students to provide poster presentations of undergraduate research. The event celebrates how undergraduates learn by doing research in a variety of fields. This event is hosted by the University Honors Program, but all UNI students are eligible to participate. For more information, please visit https://honors.uni.edu/research-capitol.
The Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) is a competitive program of the College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences STEM departments – Biology, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Computer Science, Earth & Environmental Sciences, Technology, and Physics. SURP allows undergraduate students to develop their research and problem solving skills over a 10-week period. Each student works closely with a faculty mentor and is compensated for their research work. The annual SURP Symposium provides a venue for the student/faculty teams to present their projects in poster form.
Student Research Awards
Undergraduate Research Awards
Mary Ann Bolton Undergraduate Research Award - Application deadline Friday, April 9, 2021
Rod Library annually awards Undergraduate Research Awards to recognize and celebrate the extraordinary research, scholarship, and creative work of UNI’s undergraduate students thanks to a generous donation by Mary Ann Bolton (Class of 1970). The awards are given to students who demonstrate excellence in research using library resources conducted in support of an undergraduate paper or project carried out under the guidance of a UNI Faculty member or approved mentor.
The SOAR awards support research activities for undergraduate students in the College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences. Undergraduate students from Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Computer Science, Earth Science, Mathematics, Physics, Science Education and Technology are eligible to apply. The awards, in amounts up to $750, are to be used specifically for costs related to research projects that are part of the student's degree program. All awards must be expended by May 31.
Awards up to $500 (while funds are available) for costs related to research projects that are part of the student's degree program and undertaken with CSBS faculty members as sponsors/mentors. The deadlines for applications are the first Monday in October and the first Monday in February.
CSBS Undergraduate Research Fellowship - Application deadline Fall annually
The Donald and Gudrun Fruehling Spring Undergraduate Research Fellowship supports undergraduate research by students with a declared major in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Each award recipient will have at least one faculty mentor from their academic department who will guide their research through to completion. Award recipients are eligible to receive a stipend of $1500 to be paid to their U-Bill account upon completion of the project and presentation. Each awardee will be required to write a research paper (10-15 pages) or complete an applied project with their faculty mentor’s guidance and to give a formal public presentation of their results at the annual CSBS Research Conference in April.
Graduate Research Awards
Women's and Gender Studies Program (WGS) 2021-2022 Outstanding Graduate Paper Award - Application Deadline Friday, April 23, 2021 - Submission Requirements (PDF)
This annual competition is designed to encourage and reward graduate scholars on their research in the area of gender issues. All academic discipline submissions are welcomed. The prize includes a $100 cash award. To be considered for the 2021-2022 prize, applicants should submit either by mail or email (Word or PDF) the materials outlined in the submission requirements PDF (paper submission, cover letter) to Staycie Lyman by April 23, 2021.
Graduate College Outstanding Student Research Awards - Application deadline Fall annually
This competition is intended to honor outstanding scholarship by UNI graduate students and to provide increased visibility for UNI graduate programs. Each advisor may nominate a maximum of two students for this award. The award will be presented at the Annual Graduate Faculty Meeting in the spring and all hard copy works will be returned shortly thereafter. Contact: Associate Dean of the Graduate College at (319) 273-2748.
Awards up to $500 (while funds are available) to assist with expenses related to thesis research (or the major research project for non-thesis programs).
The GRASP awards support research activities for graduate students in the College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences. Graduate students from Biology, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Mathematics, Science Education and Technology are eligible to apply. The awards, in amounts up to $750, are specifically for costs related to research projects that are part of the student's degree program. All awards must be expended by May 31.
Student Research Resources
- UNI Undergraduate Research
- UNI Graduate College
- Graduate College Student Work Collections - UNI Scholarworks
- Annual Graduate Student Symposium Student Work - UNI Scholarworks
- CSBS Student Research Conference Collection - UNI Scholarworks
- UNI Intercollegiate Academics Travel Fund (IAF) - Office of the Provost