Undergraduate Research Grants
2021-2022 LSU College of Agriculture Undergraduate Research Grants
Each year, the College of Agriculture (CoA) offers competitive undergraduate research grants to support the engagement of undergraduate students in faculty-mentored research. Research can be in any area of study in the College of Agriculture, but projects must be under the direction of a College of Agriculture faculty member. Multidisciplinary projects are encouraged. 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. Faculty mentors may submit a maximum of two proposals. Where applicable, reports from previously funded CoA undergraduate research grants must be attached, including verification of participation in a CoA or LSU sponsored poster competition (see below). Grants will be administered in the Department/School with the assistance of cost center managers (CCMs). The number of grants awarded will depend on the availability of funds in Millard Perkins endowment. There are two award types:
The College of Agriculture’s Millard Perkins Endowment funds Level 1 awards and is limited to a maximum of $3,000 per grant. Students must have a minimum 2.5 GPA to apply for Level 1 funding. 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 for College of Agriculture students. Students may receive academic credit under appropriate research or special topic courses within a unit. .
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 be a College of Agriculture student, have a minimum LSU GPA of 3.00 with at least 30 hours of earned degree credit and meet the LSU AgCenter 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.
Proposals will be evaluated and ranked by a faculty committee. Funding amounts are determined by this ranking. Please see “Evaluation Criteria for CoA Undergraduate Research Proposals” for guidance (last page). Key dates are listed below:
- Application Opens: March 1, 2021
- Application Deadline: April 1, 2021, 12:00 p.m. (submit electronically to Dr. Allie Prest at email@example.com)
- Award Notification: May 1, 2021
- Grant Period: May 1, 2021 to April 30, 2022
- Title Page - 1 page
- Beginning and ending date
- Type of Award: Level 1; Level 2; Levels 1 & 2
- Student Investigator(s) Names and Signature(s)
- Faculty Supervisor(s) Name, Department, and Signature(s)
- Department Head Signature
- Project Description - 3 pages maximum
- Timeline of project
- References Cited - 1 page
- Proposed Budget (with narrative) - 1 page
Level 2: additional budget page and narrative, description of work for student wages
- Student Resume(s) - 1 page/student
Level 2: must include undergraduate researcher(s)’ current LSU GPA and degree credit hours earned
- Previous Support - For each person involved in the proposed project, list previous CoA undergraduate research grants received in the last five years and attach copies of the final reports from these grants.
For Level 2 funding, be sure to include the required information in Parts IV & V above.
- Final Report - a full report of results, including proposed presentations, publications and possible patents must be submitted to Dr. Phil Elzer, CoA Executive Associate Dean, within 30 days of the completion of the research (ending date of grant).
- Financial Statement - a complete financial statement must also be submitted with the final report.
- Poster - a large format, laminated poster of the project is strongly encouraged
- Poster details will be provided at a later date. Level 1 funds may be used for poster printing costs.
- Researcher participation in pre & post-research promotional video interviews for COA
- Video footage will be collected and edited by COA staff, researcher must have availability to coordinate filming. (Approximately 2 hours total)
- Researcher participation at a spring event is required (e.g., CoA Open House during
Spring Invitational or LSU Discover Day). (1-2 hour time commitment)
- Details about the event will be provided in January of the award year.
Each semester, LSU Discover funds at least 10 undergraduate student research projects. Students from any major are welcome to apply. With an LSU Discover Undergraduate Research Project Grant, currently enrolled, full-time LSU undergraduate students can receive funding for hourly wages, supplies, and travel related to an undergraduate research or creative project. Students must have an LSU employed faculty member or researcher serve as their supervisor and sign their time-sheets.