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. Undergraduate research activities will culminate in the 2019-20 CAES Undergraduate Research Symposium in Spring 2020. Wondering how to get started? 

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 2020. 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 assistantship support.


Important Deadlines for the 2020-2021 Academic Year: 

Fall Research Funding Applications Due DATE HERE.

Spring Research Funding Applications Due DATE HERE.

Symposium Abstracts Due by DATE HERE.

Note: All students receiving funding from the CAES Undergraduate Research Initiative are required to submit an abstract.

Materials Needed for Application: your name, UGA email address, 81X UGA ID number, and major; your faculty mentor's name, UGA email address, and home department; title of abstract (150 character max) and body of abstract (2,500 character limit)

Symposium Abstract Submission

Abstract Preparation Instructions


CAES Undergraduate Research Symposium



Awards will be given in each of approximately five sections (number of sections will depend on the number of entries) as follows:

  • First Place: $600
  • Second Place: $500

Details on Judging and Presentation

  • Please practice your presentation and time yourself so that you are within the allocated 10-minute time frame. Points will be subtracted if you are over time.
  • Click here to review the grading rubric.