About UCARE

UCARE supports UNL undergraduates to work one-on-one with faculty research advisors in research or creative activities. The UCARE program solicits applications from eligible undergraduates for either academic year or summer awards. Awards are competitively reviewed and funded each year and are not automatically renewed.

Students who have already received a UCARE award must re-apply for funding by completing a full application, including a research abstract.

UCARE Program Structure

Summer

  • A ten-week summer research opportunity from June - August.
  • Requires a 20-hour commitment per week.
  • Meet benchmarks and expectations in Undergraduate Research Agreement.
  • Receive a stipend of $2,400.

Academic Year

  • An academic year research opportunity from September - April.
  • Requires a 10-hour commitment per week.
  • Meet benchmarks and expectations in Undergraduate Research Agreement.
  • Receive a stipend of $2,400 ($1,200/semester).

Team Proposals

  • Two or three students working as a research team under the supervision of one faculty member for either the Summer or Academic Year.
  • Each team member receives a stipend of $2,400.

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Assistantship Stipend

UCARE awards are overseen by the UCARE office and distributed bimonthly. The faculty research advisor will determine whether the undergraduate research has satisfied the expectations outlined in the Undergraduate Research Agreement.


Skill-Building Seminars

Students who receive UCARE awards can take advantage of a variety of workshops and seminars on topics such as

  • Expectations for ethical research
  • Finding the right graduate program and the graduate school application process
  • The benefits of participating in a summer research program
  • Preparing for the GRE
  • Writing your purpose statement
  • Preparing a research poster for a conference presentation