Undergraduate Student Research  


Mohler-Thompson Summer Research Scholarship
Marguerite and Dennison Mohler established this scholarship to honor their life long interest in education. Ted Thompson (’58) gave money for the Thompson scholarships in memory of his wife who was a nurse. He founded the Xrite Corporation. This scholarship is available to students working on a science research project with participating faculty members during the summer months. The award is based on an application process via individual faculty mentor.
Student Senate Research Fund
The Fund provides a formal mechanism to financially support and encourage scholarly student research in a variety of areas of undergraduate study. It creates opportunities for unique and fulfilling collaborations between professors and students by providing grants to support necessary travel, research, data collection, lab expenses, and experiments. Every year the Fund provides money for up to five Summer Scholars that can work the whole summer with a faculty member in the field of their choice. Groups from outside of the physical sciences are highly encouraged. Grants are also available to defray travel expenses associated with presenting research at academic conferences. In short, the goal is to make true scholarly exploration accessible to students who can’t afford to subsidize it on their own. >More About the Student Senate Research Fund
Undergraduate Research Grant for the Environment (URGE)
This funding opportunity allows for students and faculty mentors to work together conducting research at the Pierce Cedar Creek biological field station. This award is grant based from the PCCI institute. Grant applications are submitted jointly between participating faculty and potential student research to PCCI for consideration and funding. Stipend $3,500 plus on-site room and board. >More Information and Past Research Findings
Van Andel Institute Student Independent Study (VAI)
During the spring semester, several Aquinas students have the opportunity to work in VAI laboratories on research projects for 10-12 hours a week. This internship is based on an application process via faculty mentors and Van Andel laboratory primary investigators. Biology elective credit awarded. Several past participants have then additionally been awarded summer research fellowships and/or permanent jobs at VAI. >More Information
William and Jean Wendover Fellowship
The William and Jean Wendover Fellowship is a new annual award that provides one Aquinas College undergraduate student from any academic discipline financial support for their participation in a substantive experiential learning opportunity with a non-profit organization. Examples include, but are not limited to, a study-abroad opportunity, an unpaid internship, participation in the Chicago Semester, or a research opportunity. The learning opportunity can occur in Summer Session, Fall Semester, or Spring Semester, and must be the equivalent of no less than 12 credit hours. It also requires the involvement of a faculty mentor. >Download the application (pdf)
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