CALL FOR STUDENT APPLICATIONS
Advanced Undergraduate Research Awards (AURA)
Issued: February 6, 2014
Student Applications DUE: NOON, March 6, 2014
Award Notification Date: March 20, 2014
Award Acceptance Letters DUE: Noon, Friday April 1, 2014
Undergraduate Research Start Date: May 16, 2014
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TO: Faculty in the Sciences, Engineering, and Mathematics
FROM: Mark R. Hoffmann, Ph.D., ND EPSCoR Co-Project Director
RE: Advanced Undergraduate Research Awards (AURA)
The North Dakota Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (ND EPSCoR) is pleased to announce the 2014-2015 Advanced Undergraduate Research Awards (AURA) program. AURA provides undergraduate students with an opportunity to participate in faculty-mentored research projects at the University of North Dakota. The goal of AURA is to encourage undergraduate students to consider a research career in Science, Engineering, or Mathematics.
AURA participants can earn $12.50/hour up to a maximum of $5,000 for 10 weeks of full-time research activities during the time period of May 16 - August 8, 2014. During the 2014 fall semester, AURA students may continue to earn $12.50/hour. Students may work up to 10 hours/week for 12 weeks (up to a maximum earning of $1,500) of continuing research during the time period of August 26 – December 5, 2014. New this year, during the spring semester, AURA students may continue to ear $12.50/hour by working up to 10 hours/week for 12 weeks (up to a maximum earning of $1,500) of continuing research during the time period of January 13 - April 30, 2015.
Student Eligibility and Limits:
An applicant must be an undergraduate student enrolled at the University of North Dakota. Furthermore, an applicant must be a U.S. citizen or possess a work permit. Students must have completed their sophomore year by May 16, 2014 but will NOT graduate prior to May 2016. Students with a previous AURA award are NOT eligible. Students may not be enrolled in regular or correspondence courses and conduct AURA research during the summer months concurrently. However, to maintain student status at the university, they may be eligible to enroll in a summer independent study course for their research and receive academic credit. The independent study course relating to their summer research must be approved by the faculty mentor.Participants must present a poster on their research at the annual ND EPSCoR State Conference. It is also expected that AURA students will apply for at least one nationally competitive undergraduate scholarship, such as the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program.
Check List (in the following order, submit only an electronic version in a single pdf file to
1. Completed application form (must be typed) available at http://www.ndepscor.nodak.edu/programs/soar.htm
2. Essay (three-page limit (single-line spaced, one-sided pages), font size no smaller than 11 point)
• Briefly discuss your plans, including those after you graduate from UND. Specifically address why you wish to participate in the AURA program and why you chose the research topic that you did.
• Describe your plans and strategy to apply for national merit research scholarships.
• Describe your most noteworthy scholarly achievements.
3. Transcript: Unofficial copy of the student’s transcript
5. Two Letters of Recommendation from faculty familiar with your academic accomplishments must be submitted directly to ; letters must be received PRIOR to NOON, March 6, 2014. You must request this letter from faculty by February 26 (one week prior to the submission due date).
ND EPSCoR highly recommends that applicants contact and discuss their research interest(s) with the professor(s) who have volunteered to serve as mentors. The complete list of research topics, abstracts and faculty mentors are posted at
Submit completed applications to:
Award is contingent upon continued funding from the NSF and the North Dakota State Legislature. Please direct questions to Mark Hoffmann, 701-777-2492 or