Summer Award for Research-Intensive Courses

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The Summer Award for Research-Intensive Courses is offered for Maymester and Summer Session I and II courses in order to provide opportunities for students to enroll in research-intensive courses during the summer session. The award will cover in-state tuition for one 3-hour research-intensive course.

Student Eligibility:

All full-time undergraduates enrolled in a research-intensive course in a baccalaureate program at UNC-Chapel Hill and who are in good academic standing are eligible to apply. To receive the Summer Award for Research-Intensive Courses, undergraduates must also be enrolled in both the semester before (Spring) and semester after (Fall) completion of the course. Rising seniors will receive priority.

Course Eligibility:

The intent is to provide the tuition award for courses in a wide range of disciplines. Eligible research-intensive courses must allow faculty-to-student, one-on-one mentorship. The Standard Course Numbers for mentored undergraduate research courses end in *95 (i.e., 195, 295, 395, etc.). Eligible research-intensive courses must be taught by a full-time UNC-Chapel Hill faculty member who holds a faculty appointment in a department or curriculum at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Some of the research-intensive courses available at UNC-Chapel Hill can be found in the Database of Research-Intensive Courses, a searchable database on the Office for Undergraduate Research website, and can be compared to courses being offered by individual departments and schools each summer here. The faculty research advisor may need to establish the appropriate course designation in the department.

Application Process:

The faculty research advisor should complete and submit the application for the Summer Award for Research-Intensive Courses by April 18. The application and a proposed syllabus should be combined into a single PDF titled with the faculty member’s last name and the year (i.e., Gupta2016.pdf) and submitted via email to

While the deadline is April 18, applicants will be accepted on a rolling basis and will be notified approximately ten business days after submission. All funds will be dispersed at the end of April.

Selection Process:

Staff members from the Office for Undergraduate Research and Summer School will review applications and determine award recipients.

Students are encouraged to apply for both the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship and the Summer Award for Research-Intensive Courses, but must accept only one of these awards for the same summer.

Other Requirements:

Recipients will be required to participate in a poster session at the end of the summer/early fall to display the results of their research. They are also strongly encouraged to present at the annual Celebration of Undergraduate Research symposium in the spring and can also consider applying to present at the State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium and ACC Meeting of the Minds conference.

If recipients are not currently registered for the Carolina Research Scholar Program, they will be invited to register.

Anticipated Number and Amount of Awards:

We anticipate making up to 20 awards. Students may receive a tuition award for only one summer research-intensive course per summer. As applications will be funded on a rolling basis, we encourage you to apply early.

Funding Source:

Recipients should acknowledge support from Summer School and the Office for Undergraduate Research in any publication or presentation resulting from research conducted in the funded research-intensive course.