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Undergraduate Research Information & Resources

Council for Undergraduate Research (CUR)

Keene State College is a member of the Council for Undergraduate Research (CUR), a national organization that supports and furthers the cause of undergraduate learning through research in all disciplines. Please visit the Mason Library to view copies of CUR Quarterly, the official publication of this organization.

Faculty-student research teams publishing research or scholarly work throughout the year should consider submitting a synopsis to CUR for inclusion in their Undergraduate Research Highlights feature of the publication. In addition to our membership in CUR, Keene State College demonstrates its commitment to undergraduate research in a variety of ways. Please take some time to explore the information on this page.

Research Materials and Support through The Mason Library

To understand the uniqueness of your original research, you first need to know its place in your subject area. To do this, the librarians at Mason Library are available to consult with you one-on-one, so you can mine all of the data available from the rich array of resources physically and virtually available through the library. The library subscribes to approximately one hundred databases. Having the help of an expert information specialist can streamline your research efforts.

If you want to work with primary source materials, Mason Library also has several collections that might be of interest. From original manuscripts to images of indigenous peoples, the archives contain a treasure trove awaiting discovery. The library's archivist can help you uncover our holdings which you can turn into your original research.

Internal Funding Opportunities for Students

Undergraduate Research and Creative Grants

OSPR administers the Undergraduate Research and Creative Grants program, which provides limited funding for student-led research projects and creative endeavors under the mentorship of a faculty member. Students receiving funding present the results of their work at the annual KSC Academic Excellence Conference in the spring.

Student Conference Fund

The Student Conference Fund provides funding to support students wishing to attend and/or present their scholarly/creative work at a professional conference. This Fund is not administered by OSPR. Please visit the link provided for application procedures.

Summer Undergraduate Researrch Fellowship (SURF)

The OSPR offers a limited number of summer undergraduate research fellowships on a competitive basis. These fellowships allow talented students to spend a portion of their summer conducting research or carrying out a creative project that makes an original contribution to their chosen discipline, extending learning beyond the academic year.

External funding opportunities also exist to support student travel and research. Check out the External Funding Opportunities tab below for additional resources.

External Funding Opportunities for Students

A variety of external funding opportunities exist for talented students interested in pursuing research during their undergraduate careers and beyond. Listed below are a are a number of opportunities offered on a regular basis. Additional opportunities can also be found through the following searchable databases (UROP or webGuru) Please discuss the possibilities with your faculty mentor and/or OSPR.

Funding for Scholarly Travel:

Student Conference & Travel Funding Database
This searchable database managed by the Office of Sponsored Projects and Research offers information on funding opportunities for conference travel and field experiences in a variety of academic areas. This database will be periodically updated as new opportunities exist.

Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunities:

NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)
The National Science Foundation funds a variety of REU sites around the country and on a variety of research topics in the Sciences, Social Sciences, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics fields. Students apply directly to the site in which they are interested. Citizenship requirements are imposed. Please visit the link provided for information on sites and application procedures.

NIH Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research (SIP)
The National Institutes of Health provide an opportunity to spend a summer working at the NIH side-by-side with some of the leading scientists in the world, in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research. Please visit the link provided for information on application procedures and deadline.

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (iSURF) at Dartmouth
Dartmouth College offers a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship program that includes a full time research experience in the laboratory of one of the principal investigators in the Molecular and Cellular Biology Program as well as participation in group discussions, seminars and other research and career oriented activities. Please visit the link provided for information on program application procedures and deadline.

Summer Undergraduate Nursing Research Fellowship (iSURF-N) at Dartmouth
The "Bench-to-Bedside" INBRE Summer Undergraduate Nursing Research Fellowship Program at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (iSURF-N) provides a 10 week research experience for undergraduate students. Selected students will work closely with faculty mentors on research and evidence-based practice projects.

Amgen Scholars Undergraduate Summer Research Program
The Amgen Scholars U.S. Program in Science and Biotechnology provides hundreds of selected undergraduate student with the opportunity to engage in hands-on research experience at some of the nation's leading educational institutions.

Brian E. Doyle Undergraduate Marine Extension Fellowship
The Brian E. Doyle Undergraduate Marine Extension Fellowship, through the University of New Hampshire, provides a wide range of opportunities for students to participate in extension program areas, including Fisheries and Aquaculture, Marine Literacy, Coastal Communities & Climate Adaptation, and Communications. Applications are accepted from students beginning their junior or senior year in any four-year undergraduate institution in New Hampshire.

Fellowship/Scholarship Opportunities for Undergraduates:

Boren Award for International Study
Offers up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East.

National Geographic Young Explorers Program
The National Geographic Society offers support to individuals ages 18-25 to pursue research, conservation, and exploration-related projects consistent with the National Geographic's existing grant programs, including the Committee for Research and Exploration (CRE), the Expeditions Council (EC), and the Conservation Trust (CT).

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship
The Gilman Scholarship program offers awards for undergraduate study abroad for students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding.

Morris King Udall Scholarship
Offers scholarships to sophomore and junior students who are committed to a career related to the environment, tribal public policy, or Native American healthcare.

Fellowship/Scholarship Opportunities for Graduates
(Note: Many of these opportunities should be applied for during your Junior or Senior year in college)

Crane-Rogers Foundation
Offers fellowships that support a program of self-designed independent study abroad for a minimum of 2 years.

U.S. Student Fulbright Program
Funding for study/research/teaching abroad (variety of countries and disciplines).

Gates Cambridge Scholarships
Offers scholarships for graduate student and research in any subject available at the University of Cambridge, UK.

The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship
Offers scholarships to highly qualified students in science, mathematics, and engineering who intend to pursue careers in those fields.

James Madison Fellowships
Offers fellowships to a select group of individuals who wish to become outstanding teachers of the American Constitution.

Marshall Scholarships
Funding for study in the United Kingdom (any discipline).

George J. Mitchell Scholarship Program
Offers fellowships for one year of post-graduate student in any discipline offered by institutions of higher education in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

NSF Graduate Research Fellowships
Students interested pursuing graduate level work in the Sciences, Social Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics fields should discuss with their faculty mentor the possibility of applying for graduate funding through the National Science Foundation. Students are eligible to apply in their senior year of undergraduate work. Citizenship requirements are imposed. Please visit the link provided for additional information.

Rhodes Scholarships
Funding for study at the University of Oxford (any discipline).

The Rotary Scholarship
Offers a variety of scholarship and fellowship programs through local Rotary organizations.

Truman Scholarship Foundation
Offers up to $30,000 in scholarship funding to students pursuing graduate degrees in public service fields.

Presenting Your Scholarly Work

Keene State College Academic Excellence Conference

Each spring Keene State College holds its own annual Academic Excellence Conference which showcases student work and gives students the opportunity to experience the professional practice of preparing and submitting a proposal, and presenting their work in a public forum. The conference is typically attended by students, faculty, staff, family members, community members, legislators, and the USNH Board of Trustees. Those interested in presenting at the conference should work closely with their faculty mentor to develop the project and conference proposal.

National Conferences on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) offers an opportunity for undergraduates around the country to convene and share their scholarly work. Please visit the website for additional details, and discuss the possibility of submitting a proposal with your faculty mentor.

New England Undergraduate Sociology Research Conference Sociology students from throughout New England gather together each spring to present their research at the New England Undergraduate Sociology Research Conference. The conference provides a supportive atmosphere for student to present their first professional papers. For more information, contact conference organizer Professor Gregg Lee Carter.

Interested in funding opportunities that support travel to conferences or fieldwork? That support undergraduate research or fellowships? That support graduate fellowships? Check out the Internal Funding Opportunities and External Funding Opportunities tabs for information on a variety of resources.

Publishing Your Scholarly Work

Metamorphosis - online Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC) undergraduate research journal

  • Part of COPLAC's effort to highlight some of the best recent work in undergraduate research
  • Each semester, faculty committees at COPLAC member campuses select two outstanding projects for inclusion in Metamorphosis
  • Interested KSC students must contact Dr. Nick Germana for more information about submitting publication proposals

International Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities

The International Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities is a peer-reviewed, open access journal dedicated to the publication of outstanding scholarship by undergraduates and their mentors. The Journal accepts submissions of research articles, fiction, poetry, photography, videos, and other creative works from undergraduate students in all academic disciplines. Interested KSC students should contact Dr. Nick Germana for more information about submitting publication proposals.

Undergraduate Journal of Global Citizenship - journal supported by Fairfield University

Fairfield University encourages all undergraduates who have articles that reflect global citizenship or social responsibility to submit their work to be published through their Undergraduate Journal of Global Citizenship. Deadline for submission to the 4th issue is May 31, 2013. Contact Nick Germana for more information.

Undergraduate Journal of Service Learning and Community-Based Research- journal supported by Pennsylvania State University.

Invites undergraduates to pursue their own intellectual projects and contribute to existing knowledge in service learning, community-based research, and all related curriculum- and/or research-based public/community engagement activities. This journal publishes work in 6 categories:

  • Reflective Essays
  • Analytical Essays
  • Research done for a community organization, accompanied by a reflective analysis
  • Research articles about service-learning, community-based research, or other related topics
  • Open Category
  • Comments & Responses
Contact Becca Berkey for more information about submitting.


Become Involved in a Faculty Research/Creative Project

Students may become involved in the ongoing research, creative endeavors, or other scholarly pursuits of KSC faculty with permission and by invitation. Students interested in becoming a member of a faculty member's research or creative project should consult the list below for possibilities. OSPR provides this list as a service to facilitate the development of faculty-student research teams. Please contact the faculty member directly for additional information. Faculty wishing to be included in the listing should contact OSPR ( or

N/R = No Retrictions
Faculty Name/Contact Department Description of Research or Creative Project

Dr. Nora Traviss
Science Center 355

Dr. Traviss and students are evaluating the impact on air quality in the workplace and environment. Students use state-of-the-art air instrumentation to collect data, and then perform data analysis and present their results to a wide variety of audiences. The program is part of a collaboration with Dartmouth College through COBRE (Center for Biological Research Excellence). Multidisciplinary teams are encouraged and some grant funded positions are available. For Summer 2011, 5 position are available. For more information, visit N/R
Dr. Stephen Clark
Rhodes S232


Dr. Clark's research studies prejudice and discrimination especially the intersection of homophobia and heterosexism with other systems of oppression such as racism, classism, and so forth.  Students in his lab will read a great deal of primary research on the nature of prejudice and discrimination, power and privilege, and political economy.  They will also conduct empirical research on attitudes and learn methods of data analysis. N/R

Professor James Kraly
Science Center 230
Chemistry Professor Kraly’s research is focused on the use of capillary electrophoresis methods for the separation and detection of relevant biomolecules.  Current projects include the isolation and separation of secondary metabolites and accumulated pollutants from lichen species, in an effort to use lichen as bioindicators of environmental change. Participating students will gain hands-on experience with modern instrumentation for bioanalytical applications, and also learn skills for method development and data analysis. N/R
Dr. Kristen Porter-Utley
Science Center 331
603-358-2576 Webpage
Biology In my research lab we use molecular sequence data to reconstruct the evolutionary history of plants.  Students in my lab learn how to extract DNA from leaf tissue, amplify and sequence target genes, and use those sequences to better understand the evolutionary history of a specific group of tropical plants called passionflowers. N/R

Other Tips for Getting Started:

  1. Pay attention to what is going on in your division or department. Do you see fliers or posters highlighting research or creative projects in the hallways? Get to know those who are doing research in your department. Speak to faculty members whose work interests you.
  2. Talk with other students who might already be collaborating with a faculty member on creative or scholarly projects. What do they think of their experience working in a faculty member's lab or studio, or of being part of a research group?
  3. Get involved with your departmental club or other organizations. They can be a great source of information about who is doing what...and how you might become involved.
  4. Remember...participating in undergraduate research or creative projects fosters a unique student-faculty professional relationship that has many benefits for students of all backgrounds and levels of experience, but only if you are willing to invest the time and effort. A strong work ethic is definitely required


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