Information for Students

Community-Based Undergraduate Research Opportunity

The University of Nevada, Reno Undergraduate Research office is offering a program aimed at providing undergraduate students an opportunity to do research that directly addresses community-based problems. Students selected for this program will participate in a research experience with a local agency and a faculty mentor. You will work one-on-one with your selected mentor and the agency on an active research project in your field of interest. Agencies and their research projects are listed in the informational downloads on this page.

Funding Periods

There are two award period for the Community-Based Research Awards:

Fall awards (apply in spring):

  • These projects will be conducted roughly between August 1-Dec 20 (finalized dates will be determined between the students and agency)
  • Students will be paid for a 15 week period during that fall semester
  • The application period for these projects will be in held in March of the previous Spring semester

Spring awards (apply in fall):

  • These projects will be conducted roughly between January 20-May 1 (finalized dates will be determined between the students and agency)
  • Students will be paid for a 15 week period during that Spring semester
  • The application period for these projects will be in held in November of the previous Fall semester 

Participating Agencies

Currently Proposed for Funding*: 

*Due to budget constraints, not all projects proposed for funding will not necessarily be funded. Funding decisions will be based on available funds, number of applicants, and number of projects funded per organization.

**These projects are still being revised and will be up soon

Funded projects:

Application and Selection Process

An online application is available below. Interested students should contact undergradresearch@unr.edu if they have any questions. Applications will be reviewed by Undergraduate Research and by community agencies. Some opportunities may be able to fund two students on the same project.

Student Employment

An award of $1,800, provided by UNR will go to the student in the form of salary as a student worker. Students will work approximately 10 hours per week over a 15-week semester. Funds required for on-site materials or transportation to field sites would be provided by the agency. A $500 stipend will go to the faculty mentor.

Application for the Community-Based Research Experience

Application for the fall award (spring application) will typically available in mid February

Application for the spring award (fall application) will typically available in September

Projects will be posted as they are received. Check the website regularly for updates.