Undergraduate Research Initiative

The College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Undergraduate Research Program allows students the opportunity to conduct research under the direction of a CAES faculty member, giving them hands-on research experience at an undergraduate level.

Any CAES undergraduate student may conduct research with a faculty mentor. Research is conducted throughout the academic year. Wondering how to get started?  Undergraduate research activities will culminate in the 2021-22 CAES Undergraduate Research Symposium to be held on Wednesday, 6 April 2022.

Funding: CAES students and their research mentors are invited to apply for $500 in student wages plus $500 to cover research-related costs. Students who receive funding are required to present their research findings at the CAES Undergraduate Research Symposium in Spring 2022. CAES faculty mentors will be awarded $500 to be applied toward research expenses.

Please note: Students already receiving wages to conduct the proposed research are not eligible for the $500 funding from this program to be used as hourly wages. However, students already receiving wages to conduct the proposed research ARE eligible for $500 for the CAES faculty mentors to use for research expenses. CAES faculty are limited to two funded projects ($1,000 research support) per academic year.  However, they can mentor more than two students per academic year, and each of these CAES students would be eligible for the $500 student wage support.

Materials needed to complete Research Funding Application:  your name, UGA email address, 81X UGA ID number, anticipated graduation date, major, and any applicable CAES minors; your faculty mentor's name, UGA email address, and home department; amount of student wages requested; if you are already receiving wage support for this project; amount of research support requested; project title and description (including objectives) (250 word limit), and how you plan to utilize the funds (brief budget).

Research Funding Application

 

 

CAES Undergraduate Research Symposium 2022

 
 
Use the Abstract Submission Form to submit your abstract(s). Students will need to enter the following information:
 
1. Name
2. UGA email address
3. 81X UGA ID Number, and
4. Major and if applicable, any CAES minors you are pursuing
5. Your faculty mentor's name, UGA email address, and home department;
6. Title of abstract (150 character limit)
7. Body of abstract (2,500 character limit)
8. Your presentation format preference - oral or poster presentation
 
Abstracts are due before 5:00 pm on Wednesday, 23 March 2022. More information about  abstract preparation can be found in the Abstract Preparation Instructions.
 
 
 

Oral and Poster Presentations

The Undergraduate Research Symposium will be held on Wednesday, 6 April, 2022. Students can identify their preference for giving either an oral presentation or presenting a poster when they submit their abstract. However, we have a limited number of poster presentation slots, and they will be awarded on a first-received/first-awarded basis. Thus, we cannot guarantee that you will be assigned to your preferred presentation method. Every effort will be made to accommodate your selection and to schedule your oral or poster presentation when you are not in class. The symposium will be held from 12:30-4:45 pm on Wednesday, 6 April 2022. You will be notified of your presentation time(s). Both types (oral and poster) of presentation should be 10 minutes in duration and will be followed by 3 minutes of questions from judges.

 

Awards

Awards will be presented at the CAES Student Leadership and Awards Banquet to be held in May at the Georgia Center. Awards will be given in each of the oral and poster sections as follows:
  • First Place: $600
  • Second Place: $500
 
 

Important Deadlines for the 2021-2022 Academic Year: 

Fall Research Funding Applications Due before 5:00 pm on Wednesday, 1 September 2021.

Spring Research Funding Applications Due before 5:00 pm on Monday, 22 January 2022.

Symposium Abstracts Due before 5:00 pm on Wednesday, 23 March 2022. 

Symposium will be held on Wednesday, 6 April 2022.