This program is under review.  Look for a request for proposals for a revised program sometime in late fall 2016 or early winter 2017.  If you have questions, please contact the Associate Vice President for Research, Roy Haggerty,


Undergraduate Research, Innovation, Scholarship & Creativity (URISC)

The URISC program is undergoing periodic review regarding the management and impact of the program.   We do not yet have deadlines or new program information.

The Research Office will post new information as soon it is available.  Thank you.




URISC (or the Undergraduate Research, Innovation, Scholarship and Creativity) program is designed to create opportunities for students to engage in the scholarly and creative activities with our diverse world-class faculty. The URISC program provides resources to students to better enable them to work with artists, engineers, scientists, public policy specialists, humanists, health experts, or any of a wide range of other professionals.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must be full-time undergraduate students and must be pursuing a baccalaureate degree at Oregon State University during the time the project work is to be conducted.

Proposals must be initiated and written by the student, but the details of the proposed work should be prepared in close coordination with the Faculty Project Advisor.

The Faculty Project Advisor is responsible for preparing a Mentoring Plan for the student. The Mentoring Plan must ensure measures of student's success.

A faculty member may be the Faculty Project Advisor on only ONE proposal submission.

Faculty Project Advisors must be of professorial rank (Instructor, Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor). Graduate students, post-doctoral scholars and non-professorial staff are not eligible to serve in this capacity.

Application Information

Applications for URISC scholarships are now being accepted for Fall, Winter and/or Spring 2016-17.  This application process is complete.

DEADLINE: Monday, May 9, 2016 by 5:00 p.m.

Students must complete their URISC research project at least one term prior to the term in which they graduate. For example, seniors planning on graduating at the end of Fall 2016 term will not be eligible to receive URISC funding. Similarly, students planning on graduating in June 2017 are eligible to receive Fall/Winter term funding only.

A student may receive an award only once from the URISC academic year program and once from the URISC summer program.

Applicants will be notified via email of award decisions.

Award and Matching Funds

Due to recent changes in federal labor laws, we have changed how awards are made. For the academic year program, awardees will receive a scholarship of $500 per term of the award. If additional funds are required for travel, supplies, services, equipment rental or similar significant resources, it will be the responsibility of the sponsoring academic unit to provide these resources. Please work with your faculty advisor to ensure these resources will be available to you prior to submitting your application. 

To receive a URISC scholarship, awardees must be registered as full time students. Shortly after the beginning of each term, registration will be verified, and then the transfer of the scholarship funds into the student’s account will be arranged.

Scholarships are made to support students performing scholarly, creative, or research activities. Support will not be used in lieu of existing grant funds designated for undergraduate research assistance or grant funds that could potentially support undergraduate research.


Mentoring Plan from the Faculty Project Advisor (required, limit one page)

Describe your plans for working with the student for the duration of the project.

  • Specifically, will you be responsible for mentoring the student? If not, describe who will oversee the student.
  • Describe how often you plan to meet with the student, and how you will monitor the student's progress.
  • Define the anticipated achievement(s) as a result of the URISC scholarship.
  • If more than one Faculty Advisor is involved in the project, outline who is responsible for overseeing the individual components and how the overall student's goals and the project are integrated (e.g. describe whether the student and Faculty Advisors will meet and how often over the course of this project to provide cohesive mentoring environment).

Research Compliance Requirements (if applicable)

If the proposal would involve active engagement of activities requiring compliance oversight, it is the responsibility of the student and Faculty Project Advisor to obtain approval from the appropriate compliance committee(s) prior to the initiation of the research project. Allow sufficient time for the review and approval process which could take up to ten weeks.

Review Procedure

The Research Office Incentive Programs reviews all proposals for eligibility. Incomplete proposals and proposals not following the guidelines (including font size, spacing and page limits) will NOT be considered for funding. Requests that qualify are then given to the URISC Advisory Panel for competitive review and evaluation. The URISC Advisory Panel provides a prioritized list of recommendations for funding to the Vice President for Research based on the quality of the proposals as reflected in the review criteria. The Vice President for Research will make award decisions based on available funds.

Review Criteria

The URISC Advisory Panel is composed of faculty members appointed by the Vice President for Research who represent the diversity of the University's research enterprise. Proposals should be written at a level understandable to reviewers outside the student’s specialty as they are evaluated by faculty members from a variety of disciplines. Proposals that describe the research project to this general audience, providing clear explanations of the purpose, student’s role, importance and methodologies of the proposed topic, and avoiding the use of jargon and unexplained acronyms, will fare better than those written from a highly focused discipline perspective. 

The URISC Advisory Panel evaluates each proposal using the following criteria:
(Not in order of importance)

Scholarly Merit (Project Description)

  • Does the project description provide a clear statement of the significance of the proposed project?
  • Does the proposal provide a clear statement of the overall project hypothesis/objectives/goals?
  • Are the proposed methods appropriately designed, accurate and clearly described?
  • Are potential pitfalls and alternative strategies sufficiently discussed?
  • Does the proposal provide a clearly outlined expected timeline for the proposed research project?
  • Is the text of the proposal well written?

Student Impact (Synergy)

  • Will the proposed project/activity significantly expand or diversify the student's artistic or scholarly base?
  • Is the student's role/independent work clearly described?
  • Will the student gain educational/experiential benefits (e.g. opportunities to continue the research/scholarly experience beyond the URISC funding period, admission to a graduate program)?
  • Is the Mentoring Plan clearly described and outlined?

Other Considerations

  • Is the resume well prepared?
  • Diversity and additional circumstances

Application Procedure

The URISC application form is available in MS Word format. If you are unable to access this electronic form, contact the Research Office Incentive Programs at or (541) 737-8390 to request a paper copy. Please allow one week for delivery.

Complete all sections of the application form and follow the submission instructions on the application form.

Submit the complete PDF document electronically with supporting documentation (signatures required) to by the deadline date.

Incomplete proposals and proposals NOT following the guidelines (including font size, spacing and page limits) will not be considered for funding.

Celebrating Undergraduate Excellence (required - new October 2015)

URISC scholarship recipients are required to present a poster on their URISC-supported research in the Celebrating Undergraduate Excellence (CUE) event. CUE is an annual gathering for all undergraduates at Oregon State University to share their research and accomplishments in their studies. Presentation of an academic poster is an excellent enhancement to any CV or resume and is viewed favorably on graduate school or scholarship applications.

Transcript Notation (optional)

Oregon State University offers students who complete a research or creative project with an Oregon State University professor, and make a presentation of their project to a wider audience than the circle around the mentor, the opportunity to get this notated on their official transcript. Details for obtaining the Transcript Notation along with the application are available on the Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and the Arts website.


The complete PDF document with all supporting documentation (signatures required) must be submitted electronically to by 5:00 PM on the deadline date.

Other Requirements

Any publications made possible by URISC funding are required to cite URISC support.

Final Reports

Scholarship recipients/students are required to submit a final (progress) report at the end of the term(s) for which funds were awarded.

The final (progress) report should contain the following points:

  1. Header: including student name, title of project, Faculty Project Advisor name and department, award information (type, date of award, amount of award).
  2. How and/or on what were the URISC funds expended?
  3. A brief summary of the work conducted; including a discussion of the information gathered, how the data are being analyzed and if you are far enough along, describe how the data collected supports or refutes your original hypothesis or discovery goal.
  4. State the benefits from the URISC award; including additional scholarly activities, research progress, collaborative relationships, and any publications or other funding made possible for the student as a result of this award.

Submit the final report electronically to Incentive Programs at

For More Information

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