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Research Grants and Conferences


Luther offers a variety of programs to provide opportunities for students to broaden and deepen their learning through undergraduate research, collaboration in research with faculty mentors, and participation and presentation of their work both on campus and at regional, national, and even international conferences.  These programs are overseen by the Dean's Office and include:

Honors and Research Grants

The Honors Program offers grants to sophomores, juniors, and seniors who undertake independent research or creative projects that involve expenses not normally covered by a department.

Students with 3.0 GPAs in their majors may apply for grants to cover expenses for research projects and costs of travel to conferences to present research results. (Meal costs will not be covered, unless included as part of conference registration fees.) Recipients are expected to submit a report describing the work accomplished with the help of the grant.

To apply for student research funds, please download the Student Research Funds Application (found below).

To apply for funds to travel to a conference, please download the Student Travel Funds Application (found below).

Summer Student/Faculty Collaborative Research Grants

The Summer Student/Faculty Collaborative Research program provides opportunity for Luther students to engage full-time in collaborative research projects with Luther faculty members during the two months of Luther's summer session (June/July). Grants are available to students in any major. Each full grant provides $2,750 in stipend to the student for eight weeks of full-time research work, on-campus housing for the student, up to $500 for project expenses, and $500 in faculty development funds for the faculty member. Proposals for smaller or shorter research projects are also welcome this year. All returning Luther students (current juniors, sophomores, and first-year students) are eligible. Project proposals must be written and submitted jointly by the student and faculty member. Collaborative teams normally involve one student per faculty member.

Guidelines and application information:   Collab Research Announcement

Participation in Regional and National Conferences

Each year the college sends a group of students to the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) to present papers and posters that are the result of their research or independent creative work. Interested students apply in the fall semester. Honors students also participate in many other research conferences, including those sponsored by discipline-based national honor societies.

Academic Administrative Assistantships

These assistantships allow students to do research and develop professional skills in their major fields of study in paid work positions during the academic year or the summer. The assistantships are awarded through faculty application.

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