Office of Undergraduate Research

Discover Grants for Undergraduate Research

A quality undergraduate research experience is unparalleled in its effectiveness in bringing about an intellectual maturity in students and providing them with experience useful for academic and career path decisions. Undergraduate research develops problem-solving skills and promotes the integration of what students learn in the rather compartmentalized classroom experience. There are a number of good reasons for a student to consider getting involved in undergraduate research.  The most important reasons are to explore a passion and learn about a discipline much more deeply than can be done in a classroom.  Other reasons are to define strengths and interests, help decide whether or not a research career is of interest, make connections in a discipline, develop problem-solving skills, make a connection with a mentor who can write an insightful letter of reference, or finally, to get some credit or pay.

The Discover Grant program is aimed at increasing and enhancing undergraduate research opportunities for University of Rochester undergraduates. While Discover Grant proposals may be submitted by any matriculated undergraduate, UR faculty member (including research faculty), or UR graduate student or staff member who is acting as research mentor for undergraduates, the vast majority of funds will go to support individual undergraduates’ summer research experiences.