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 2020-21 CAES Undergraduate Research Symposium in Spring 2021.

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 2021. 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

Important Deadlines for the 2020-2021 Academic Year: 

Fall Research Funding Applications Due before 5:00 pm on Thursday, 3 September 2020.

Spring Research Funding Applications Due before 5:00 pm on Tuesday, 26 January 2021.

Symposium Abstracts Due before 5:00 pm on Tuesday, 16 March 2021.