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UGS Exploration Grants

“What starts here really does change the world.”
-Armando Vera, 2010 Exploration Grant recipient

The School of Undergraduate Studies offers competitive grants to students seeking funds to promote academic and career exploration. Grants can be requested in any amount up to $2,000, provided that the student carefully considers and succeeds in communicating how his or her academic or career plans will benefit from the experience.

Recipients of the Summer Exploration Grant are encouraged to be creative with their planned exploration. Since the program’s inception in 2010, recipients have put their grants toward a variety of diverse experiences, including:

  • Teaching English to elementary students in Cuzco, Peru
  • Participating in the Halliburton Summer Business Foundations Institute
  • Studying medicinal plants in Cuzco, Peru
  • Providing medical and dental services through Global Medical Brigades in Tegucigalpa, Honduras

In order to explore her interest in an international healthcare career, 2013 recipient Ali Gilpin used her grant toward a trip to Tanzania, Africa with the Gap Medics program. As part of the program, Ali assisted with providing medical and dental services, including assisting a young mother in giving birth. Although Ali always enjoyed traveling, she did not know how she could make a living pursing her passion. In her words, “The School of Undergraduate Studies Summer Exploration Grant provided me with the opportunity to experience what it would be like to work in the healthcare field in developing countries.”

For more information or to apply, visit the Eligibility and Application page. The 2014 deadline for grant consideration is March 28, 2014.