BESC Undergraduate Research Scholars Grant (BURS)

BESC Undergraduate Research Scholar (BURS) HOW? 1. Identify a PLPM faculty member whose research is interesting to you 2. Ask the faculty member to host you for the BURS Program this summer 3. Write a proposal with the faculty member and submit by e-mail to Dr. Thomas Chappell by 5pm on March 11, 2022 4. Details and a proposal template can be found at

Request for Proposals:

The Bioenvironmental Sciences (BESC) program and the Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology (PLPM) are pleased to announce the tenth annual BESC Undergraduate Research Scholars (BURS) program. This program is a research opportunity for undergraduates, supporting experience in the laboratories of faculty who teach in BESC or have appointments in PLPM. Awards are competitive, limited, and will support student pay at $10/hour; 9 hours/week for the summer session and provide a small amount of research support to the sponsoring Professor. Applications are to be assembled by the undergraduate researcher with sponsorship from a BESC/PLPM Principal Investigator.  Eligible students are pursuing a degree in the BESC, COALS-ENST, or USAL-EB majors. Students who need  BESC 484W internship credit will be favored. Students must be registered for BESC 484 or BESC 491 for the summer semester while conducting the research project and are required to present a poster describing their research results at the BURS/BESC Poster Symposium on a Friday in Fall 2022. Students who have already completed their internship are eligible to participate but will enroll in BESC 491 instead.  Submit completed applications as PDF to Dr. Thomas Chappell ( no later than March 11, 2o22 at 5PM. Awards will be announced by March 16, 2022. Please use the BURS proposal template 2022 to prepare your proposal.

Point of Contact:

Dr. Thomas Chappell


(979) 458-0637

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