The Undergraduate Research Support Scheme (URSS) is now taking applications for funding for the 2014 project period.
Undertaking a summer research project via the URSS is more than just doing a summer research project because of the dedicated skills and training opportunities available.
Warwick undergraduate students can apply for URSS funding of up to £1000 to contribute to expenses incurred in undertaking a project (e.g. accommodation, travel, childcare). It is not a salary and does not fund direct project costs, which should be met by the department.
Successful applicants are automatically entered onto the URSS Experience, which is the programme of skills development opportunities that supports the researcher as he/she completes the summer project. It includes researcher development training to help you develop your skills in project management, communication, problem solving and leadership, researcher networking opportunities e.g. Café Research.
URSS researchers are required to complete an online reflective Portfolio which includes setting and reflecting on the achievement of two personal goals, creating research poster which is then displayed at the annual Research Showcase and writing a short research abstract, which can then be used to in an article for publication in the Reinvention Journal, or to apply to present at the British Conference of Undergraduate Research (BCUR) or International Conference of Undergraduate Research (ICUR).
On successful completion, students receive an official Certificate of Completion and acknowledgement on the Higher Education Achievement Record (HEAR).
Eligible projects should last between 6 and 10 weeks and are usually carried out over the summer vacation. The URSS does NOT arrange projects. Applications are in two parts - one form from the student and one from a supervisor. Both parts need to be submitted with the project already arranged. You can browse past projects here.
- If you have a particular area of interest, approach relevant members of staff who have an interest in that area about the possibility of developing a project, in your home department, or elsewhere in the University.
- If you have a broader range of interests, talk to your tutors and lecturers to see if they are looking for, or know anyone else who is looking for, a student to work on a URSS project.
- You can carry out a URSS project as part of a group either within one department, or across departments.
The applications period for the URSS funding open on 7th January and runs until 1st February 2014. For full details on the requirements of the funding application and the URSS Experience, please follow the links from the URSS website