Advanced Undergraduate Research Awards AURA
Issued: February 3, 2011
Student Applications DUE: Noon, March 4, 2011
Award Notification Date: March 21, 2011
   Award Acceptance Letters DUE Noon: March 31, 2011
Undergraduate Research Start Date: May 16, 2011

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TO: Faculty in the Sciences, Engineering, and Mathematics
FROM: Mark R. Hoffmann, Ph.D., Co-Project Director, ND EPSCoR, UND Office
RE: Advanced Undergraduate Research Awards (AURA)

The North Dakota Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (ND EPSCoR) is pleased to announce the 2011 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 12, 2011. During the 2011 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 23 - December 2, 2011.

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 at the university where the mentor conducts the research. Applicant must have junior class standing as of May 16, 2011 but NOT graduate prior to May 2013. Students with a previous AURA award are NOT eligible. Students cannot take summer classes or correspondence courses during the time they are enrolled in the AURA program. Participants must present a poster on their research during a poster session hosted by ND EPSCoR. 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 (stapled) original + 5 copies):
1. Completed application form available at
2. Essay (three-page limit (single-line spaced, one-sided pages), font size no smaller than 11 point)
Essay Guidelines:
• 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
4. Resume
5. Two Letters of Recommendation from faculty familiar with your academic accomplishments must be submitted directly to the UND ND EPSCoR office at the postal or email address listed below; letters must be received no later than Noon, Friday, March 4, 2011).

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 to:
UND ND EPSCoR, Twamley Hall Room 415, 264 Centennial Drive Stop 7093, Grand Forks, ND 58202

Award is contingent upon continued funding from the NSF and the North Dakota State Legislature.

Please direct questions to Cathy Lerud at 701.777.2511 or