LSU College of Agriculture Undergraduate Research Grants
Each year, the College of Agriculture (CoA) offers competitive grants for research by undergraduate students in the college. The purpose of these grants is to teach students about research, including proposal writing. Research can be in any area of study in the College of Agriculture. Multidisciplinary projects are strongly encouraged. All research must be under the direction of a College of Agriculture faculty member. Student investigators should take the lead on proposals with guidance from faculty advisors. Multiple proposals with the same faculty advisor(s) must be independent projects. Where applicable, reports from previous funded CoA undergraduate research grants must be attached, including verification of participation in a CoA-sponsored poster competition. The number of grants awarded depend on the amount of interest earned in the Millard Perkins endowment. There are two award types:
— Level I: The College of Agriculture’s Millard Perkins endowment funds Level 1 is limited to a maximum of $3,000 per grant. Funds may be used for supplies, operating services, and travel (i.e., any non-personnel expenses). Funds may not be used for salaries or wages. Students may receive academic credit under appropriate research or special topic courses within a department.
— Level 2: The LSU AgCenter will provide additional support to those undergraduate researchers receiving awards. These students can earn a maximum of $4,000 at an hourly wage and schedule, including summer employment, agreed upon by the student and faculty mentor(s). In order to qualify for this support, undergraduate researchers must have a minimum LSU GPA of 3.00 with at least 30 hours of earned degree credit and meet LSU AgCenter’s hiring eligibility requirements. This is not a requirement to participate in the CoA’s competitive grant program and students can choose only to receive the research funding without employment. Selection of successful candidates to receive LSU AgCenter Level 2 funding will occur separately (using the same nomination materials) after the CoA has completed its process.
The award cycle for 2018-19 is complete. The application for 2019-20 funding will be open in August 2019.