BESC Undergraduate Research Scholars Grant (BURS)

Request for Proposals:

The Bioenvironmental Sciences (BESC) program and the Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology (PLPM) are pleased to announce the seventh annual Bioenvironmental Sciences Undergraduate Research Scholars (BURS) program. This program is intended to support undergraduate research in 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 late September, 2018. 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. Brian D. Shaw ( no later than March 30, 2018 at 5PM. Awards will be announced by April 6, 2018.  Please use BURS 2018 proposal template- final to prepare your proposal.

 Helpful Resources:

Point of Contact: 
Dr. Brian Shaw
Peterson 320B
(979) 862-7518


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