Quad Summer Undergraduate Research Scholars

Quad Summer Undergraduate Research Grants (formerly the College Summer Research Scholars Program) are competitive, open-discipline awards intended to enhance the educational experience of University of Chicago College students by supporting summer scholarly undergraduate research and creative inquiry experiences through active participation in faculty-driven research. These awards are designed to support the student in securing vital undergraduate research experiences with faculty by reducing their financial burden during the summer

Students who receive a Quad grant will be recognized as Quad Summer Undergraduate Research Scholars. Scholars will be supported by annual CCRF programming designed to enhance the scholars' experience and build a cross-disciplinary research community. 


Applications are accepted once per year – in mid April each year. Candidates must apply by the stated deadline; these are not reviewed or awarded on a rolling basis. The grants are for $5,500 in total and disbursed in one installment at the beginning of the summer research appointment. Awards will not be made to recent graduates or for use the summer after graduation.


Read more about the eligibility, scholar benefits and expectations before applying to the Quad Undergraduate Research Scholars Program:


What is scholarly undergraduate research? Undergraduate research is a scholarly or creative investigation that contributes to the systematic production of new knowledge; it is a meaningful scholarly activity that is driven by a faculty mentor or other research mentor(s), aids in the development of research tools, and is used to enrich the College academic curriculum and student experience through enhanced critical thinking skills and a greater understanding of a chosen discipline(s) and its methodologies.


Activities that are NOT undergraduate research: independent or student-driven projects or study; professional internships, externships, job shadowing, career treks, "micro-" or short-term experiences that are less than 30 days, student activites, course practicums, long-essays produced for courses, or adminstrative employment positions for departments, faculty, or labs. 


APPLY HERE (Summer 2022 cycle will open in February 2022)


Questions or concerns? Please contact a member of our undergraduate research team at ccrf-research@uchicago.edu.


The Quad Summer Undergraduate Research Scholars Program is made possible by our generous donors including the Hoeft family, as well as through the Dean's Fund for Undergraduate Research and the five Collegiate Divisions (Humanities, Social Sciences, Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, and New Collegiate). The program is managed by the College Center for Research & Fellowships (CCRF).


Pictured: Bernadette Miao, 2020-2021 College Summer Research Scholars awardee, who took this photo of U2OS cells under fluorescence imaging on the 60x objective of the Tian Lab’s Nikon Ti2-E. (8/3/21).