Undergraduate Research and Scholarship

Undergraduates who participate in research projects and the development of original scholarship build valuable skills that can be applied throughout their education and professional careers.

These proficiencies range from research-specific skills such as developing a testable hypothesis, evaluating source material, interpreting results, analyzing data and synthesizing conclusions to professional skills such as organization, critical thinking, time management, teamwork, problem solving and effective written and oral communication.

Undergraduate Essay Contest: Reflections on Research and Scholarship

The Office of the Vice President for Research invites current GW undergraduates to submit an essay that reflects on a research experience during their time as a student. The goal is for students to describe how participating in research and/or working with a research mentor contributed to their GW experience.

OVPR will award up to five cash prizes in the amount of $500 each. The number of prizes will depend on the number and quality of entries received. The deadline for submissions is 5:00 pm on Wednesday, March 7, 2018.

View more details about the undergraduate essay contest

Supporting Student Research and Scholarship

Center for Undergraduate Fellowship and Research

The Center for Undergraduate Fellowships and Research (CUFR) provides GW undergraduates and alumni with information, guidance and support as they learn about and apply for research opportunities and national fellowship competitions.

Visit the Center for Undergraduate Fellowships and Research website

 

School-Based Opportunities

Schools and departments across the university support undergraduate research and scholarship. The following links provide more information about undergraduate research opportunities and/or highlight areas of research within each school. OVPR encourages interested students to contact faculty mentors directly to discuss opportunities to get involved.

 

GW Libraries

STEMWorks, located within Gelman Library, provides consultation and guidance for project-level work in statistics, econometrics, geographic information systems, programming, software development and digital scholarship. Consultations are intended for academic, research and personal projects.

Visit the STEMWorks website

 

University Writing Center

The University Writing Center offers members of the GW community opportunities to receive dedicated attention to their writing and research projects at all stages of the writing process. Trained writing consultants work with writers, including undergraduates and other trainees. The Writing Center works to help visitors strengthen their abilities as writers and to become stronger editors of their own work.

The center also links to a number of online writing resources, citation guides, grammar resources and helpful sites for student writers in engineering and the sciences.

Visit the University Writing Center website

Funding for Student Research

GW Undergraduate Research Awards

The GW Undergraduate Research Award gives promising undergraduates the opportunity to engage in a well-defined research project under the guidance of a faculty member in their chosen fields of study. GW undergraduate research fellowships provide an award of $5,000 meant to support the student’s research-related expenditures, which may include living expenses, travel, materials, and equipment. Faculty mentors receive a stipend of $1,000. Faculty can opt to take this money as supplemental salary or ask that the funds be transferred to a departmental account (e.g., supporting travel, equipment, supplies, etc.).

The GW Undergraduate Research Awards are administered by the Center for Undergraduate Fellowship and Research and supported by the Office of the Vice President for Research and the Office of the Provost.

Visit the GW Undergraduate Research Awards website

 

Additional GW-Funded Research Fellowships

The Center for Undergraduate Fellowship and Research maintains a list of undergraduate research fellowships that support intensive research experiences under the mentorship of university faculty.

Read more about GW-funded research fellowships

 

ORAU-Funded Undergraduate Student Research Opportunities

If you are an undergraduate looking for multidisciplinary research opportunities that will open doors to a wealth of practical, hands-on experience, browse ORAU’s undergraduate educational support programs. The programs provide real-world research experience, generally within ORAU laboratories or federal agencies.

Read more about ORAU student research opportunities

Research Showcases and Prizes

Research Days

Research Days invites GW students to showcase their work and compete for prize money. This annual event is dedicated to highlighting the breadth of research and discovery on issues of major disciplinary, cross-disciplinary and global significance being done at GW through poster sessions, presentations and guest speakers.

Visit the GW Research Days website

 

SEAS R&D Showcase

Graduate and undergraduate students from the School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) compete in three separate competitions throughout the day—the R&D Showcase, the SEAS Innovation Challenge, and the AccelerateGW I-Corps Site Program grants. Displays will be open to the public in the afternoon when students will be available to explain and describe their posters and research.

Visit the SEAS R&D Showcase website

 

Julian Clement Chase Prize for Undergraduate Research Writing

This annual $1,000 prize recognizes exceptional research writing projects focused on the District of Columbia in all undergraduate classes and in all disciplines at the George Washington University.

Washington DC is the primary focus of the Julian Clement Chase Prize. Therefore, engagement with DC plays a critical role in the judging process. Writing from social sciences or humanities might engage DC in terms of place, history, neighborhoods, and cultures; students from arts might engage DC in terms of its artistic expressions, or research related to art that they have created representing DC; students from sciences might submit research projects that address quality of life issues in DC. Collaborative or team projects are welcome, with a clear explanation of how entrants worked together.

Submission deadline: May 21, 2018

Visit the Julian Clement Chase Prize website

Finding Research Positions

Handshake

The Center for Undergraduate Fellowships and Research facilitates the posting of undergraduate research assistant positions within Handshake. We encourage students to review available research assistant positions periodically and to apply for those that are closely aligned with their academic interests.

Find undergraduate research assistant positions

 

Expert Finder

This searchable database showcases the expertise of GW’s faculty and researchers. The database is searchable by name or keyword and is a great way to find a potential mentor or project collaborators.

Search the GW Expert Finder database

Entrepreneurship

AccelerateGW I-Corps Site Program

The AccelerateGW I-Corps Site Program, funded by the National Science Foundation, awards grants of up to $3,000 to GW students and faculty who wish to explore the prospects for applications of their research or technology to solve problems that could lead to a broader impact in society.

The grant money can be used for travel and related expenses to conduct customer interviews. It can also be used for some limited development of prototypes or a minimum viable product.

Visit the Accelerate GW program website

 

Student Travel Grants

If your team has qualified to participate at an outside new venture, business plan, or startup competition, the GW Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OIE) may be able to support you through reimbursement of your travel costs.

Submit the OIE Student Travel Grants form

Publishing Undergraduate Research

GW Undergraduate Review

GW Undergraduate Review is a student-led peer-reviewed journal dedicated to promoting undergraduate research on GW’s campus.

Visit the GW Undergraduate Review website

 

GW Undergraduate Law Review

The George Washington University Undergraduate Law Review is a student-run and published legal journal that examines internationally significant issues concerning law, policy, philosophy, ethics, and politics.

Visit the GW Undergraduate Law Review website

 

The Globe

The Globe is the official undergraduate international affairs journal of The George Washington University’s International Affairs Society and the Elliott School of International Affairs.

Visit The Globe’s website

 

The George Washington University Historical Review

The George Washington University Historical Review is the History Department's undergraduate journal. The Review was founded in the spring of 2017 to provide an online platform for students to publish historical scholarship in an easily accessible forum.

Visit the GW Historical Review’s website