Undergraduate Research Scholars

Graduate Level Research Anywhere Within the University, First Hand.

The UD Undergraduate Research Scholars Program provides summer research opportunities for college students who are not currently enrolled at the University of Delaware. The program is designed to prepare, motivate, encourage, and support students who want to learn more about the graduate school experience and possibly pursue an academic or research career. As a scholar in this program, you will spend 10 weeks on the University of Delaware campus in the summer of 2020, immersed in a research project where you will work closely with faculty, graduate students and postdoctoral researchers. You will also learn first-hand about graduate programs at the University of Delaware and develop a valuable network of contacts who can support and assist you in applying to graduate school. The program will provide a stipend, as well as housing and round-trip transportation.

Please contact Cindy King with any questions


Participation in the summer program is restricted to undergraduate students enrolled in U.S. institutions. The program is intended for students with a strong desire to pursue research careers at the Ph.D. level. The program is particularly interested in identifying and providing research experience to talented under-served students (e.g., first generation, historically underrepresented, disabled, low-income, etc.). Preference is given to students completing their sophomore or junior years.

University of Delaware students are not eligible for the program, but may seek summer research opportunities through other programs.

Required Materials

To apply please submit:

  • Information form,
  • An unofficial or official copy of your most recent transcript (pdf format).
  • Contact information for a Faculty/Professor letter of recommendation.
    • Your recommender will receive an email with instructions on how to submit their letter.
  • Personal statement (2 page limit 12 pt. font) including:
    • A description of why you are interested in this program,
    • Your current research interest, experience, and accomplishments
    • Academic and career goals,
    • How this summer program will help you achieve those goals,
    • Other relevant personal or professional experiences.


Apply By

February 21, 2020

Decisions will be made Mid-Spring

Award Summary:

The program will provide a stipend, as well as housing and round-trip transportation.

Program Duration:

JUNE 10 through AUGUST 15

Note from the Coordinator:

There are hundreds of faculty mentors available for placements across all disciplines, including Animal and Food Sciences, Art, Art Conservation, Art History, Biology, Chemistry, Communication, Computer and Information Sciences, Education, Engineering, Fashion, History, Mathematics, Nutrition, Physics and Astronomy, Plant and Social Sciences, Psychology, Public Policy and Administration, and more.


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