Frank J. Cassel Research Award

Cassel Undergraduate Research Awards

Would you like to conduct your own research project?

Apply for the Department of Biological Science Cassel Undergraduate Research Award.   This award provides the recipient with funds for research expenses and a personal stipend.

Who can apply?

Any undergraduate student with a declared major in the Departmental of Biological Sciences with junior or senior standing, as of Fall semester, 2017 (i.e., a minimum of 60 earned credits by the beginning of Fall semester 2017).

What is the award?

Successful applicants will be awarded $2000 - $3000.  Approximately 40% of awarded funds will be used for research expenses and 60% of funds will be awarded as a stipend to the awardee at the completion of the project.

How can you apply?

·         Discuss your research interests with your advisor or other Department of Biological Sciences faculty.  Your faculty mentor can help you to turn your “research idea or interest” into a “research project” that is doable within the budget and time-frame of the award.

·         Submit the following materials to the departmental office (201 Stevens Hall) by March 10, 2017:

o   A 1-page proposal that includes your hypothesis, general research methods and expected outcomes.  Your proposal must include the signature of your faculty mentor, verifying that they have reviewed your proposal.

o   Your resume

o   Your unofficial transcripts

 Review Criteria

1.      Originality of the research question

2.      Feasibility of the research plan

3.      Quality of the proposal (well written, clear hypotheses and methods)

Research must be completed by May 15, 2018 or December 15, 2017 if you are graduating in Fall semester 2017.

Undergraduate Scholarship Opportunities


The NDSU General Scholarship Application for current students is now available!  Don't miss out on an opportunity to apply for scholarship funds for next year.  You can find the electronic application by clicking the link at the bottom of this page. 

The deadline dates for scholarships are as follows:


General NDSU Scholarships (all current students should apply) - March 15, 2017

College of Human Development & Education - January 27, 2017

College of Agriculture, Food Systems & Natural Resources - March 1, 2017

College of Arts, Humanities & Social Science - March 1, 2017

College of Engineering – March 15, 2017

College of Science & Math - March 15, 2017

College of Health Professions - May 19, 2017

College of Business – Check with your department for scholarship details


Ø Once you submit the online scholarship application, make sure to log in periodically to see if there are any new scholarships recommended for you that require additional responses.


Ø Be sure to complete the 2017-18 FAFSA by February 1st to be considered for any need-based scholarships offered by NDSU.


Ø All external scholarships (those offered by organizations outside of NDSU) have been moved to the online scholarship system.  Once you click on the “apply to” button, go to “opportunities” -> “external” to view and/or apply.




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