Undergraduate Research & Creative Projects


All students must comply with WSU COVID-19 guidelines as well as Minnesota State Colleges and Universities COVID-19 guidelines for working on campus during the project period.

Please also review COVID Travel Guidance if your project requires in-state or out-of-state travel.


Full-time undergraduate students who have completed 60 credits or more at the time of application are invited to apply for a Research and Creative Project grant and/or a Travel/Virtual Presentation grant.

Students may complete one of each of these types of projects during their undergraduate career. These grant projects require a faculty sponsor’s support.

Learn more about the application and reporting process.


Students may receive a maximum of $600 for their research and creative projects during their academic career.

The Student Grant Review Committee conducts the review process.


Eligibility

  • Full-time undergraduate students who will have completed a minimum of 60 semester hour credits at the time of application
  • Faculty sponsor who will supervise the project
  • If research involves human or animal subjects, approval must be secured through the WSU Institutional Review Board (human subjects) or Animal Care and Use Committee (animal subjects)

Application Process

Submission deadlines are Sept. 15, Dec. 1, and Feb. 1.

Effective Spring 2021, Grants and Sponsored Projects will no longer be accepting student grant applications through the IRBNet application system. Student research applications will now be submitted via a WSU WarriorSpace form. You'll need your StarID to login.

Learn how to submit an Undergraduate Research and Creative Project application by reviewing our instructions (PDF). You may also watch a demonstration video of the submission process.

Required sections on the WarriorSpace form include: 

  • Application information
  • Project information
  • Detailed project budget
  • One proposal document which includes
    • Statement of research problem or creative purpose
    • Research methodology or creative strategy
    • Expected outcomes of project
    • Project schedule and expected completion date
    • Description of student readiness for proposed project
    • Statement of where and how results of project will be presented
    • Bibliography
  • Letter of endorsement from faculty sponsor

Refer to Policy/Procedure 3-22 for information on eligible payments.

See all this come together by checking out a sample Psychology Research Application (PDF).


Final Report

A Final Report will be submitted via the WarriorSpace form and is due 10 days following completion of the project. (You'll need your StarID to login.) To submit the Final Report*, share at least one end product (e.g., Research Report, Presentation, or Poster) and a Project Abstract, which addresses the project purpose and outcomes (planned and achieved).

*Students who submitted grant applications before Jan. 2021 may use the previous Final Report Form. Students should submit this form and the project end product(s) to Grants and Sponsored Projects by email at grants@winona.edu.

Due to current Minnesota State Colleges and Universities travel restrictions, in-state or out-of-state travel restrictions apply.

Applications that indicate travel will require additional approval until further notification. Applications for virtual presentation grant funds will be accepted without additional approval.


Students may receive a maximum of $600 for travel support during their academic careers. If two or more students will co-present a project, the maximum total award for the team is $1,200.

The Student Grant Review Committee conducts the review process.


Eligibility

  • Full-time undergraduate students who will have completed a minimum of 60 semester hour credits at the time of application
  • Faculty sponsor who will supervise the project

Application Process

There are no hard deadlines for submissions. However, proposals must be submitted at least 30 days before the conference starting date.

Effective Spring 2021, Grants and Sponsored Projects will no longer be accepting student grant applications through the IRNet application system. Student Research & Creative Presentations Travel Support Grants will now be submitted via a WSU WarriorSpace form.

Learn how to submit a Travel Support Grant by reviewing our instructions (PDF). You may also watch a demonstration video of the submission process.

Required sections on the WarriorSpace form include:

  • Applicant information
  • Presentation information (includes travel details for in-state or out-of-state conferences)
  • Co-applicant information (if applicable)
  • Detailed project budget
  • Presentation confirmation which includes:
    • Acceptance message from conference sponsor
    • Abstract of paper or presentation
  • Letter of endorsement from faculty sponsor

Refer to Policy/Procedure 3-25 for information on eligible payments.

See all this come together by checking out these sample applications:


Final Report

Students will submit a copy of the project end product(s) in electronic format (PDFs preferred) directly through the WarriorSpace form within 10 days following completion of travel, or for virtual presentations, 10 days following the presentation date.

You can access the submitted WarriorSpace form through a reminder email link or by logging into WarriorSpace and accessing the submitted form.

What happens when you're awarded a grant?

First, the cost center for payments related to the grant is set up by the WSU Business Office. Students and their faculty sponsor manage this cost center.

The cost center will be held open for one fiscal year beyond the award year. After that, unused funds will return to the Student Grants cost center.

Check out examples of past student research and presentations in OpenRiver, a digital repository for scholarly and creative projects of WSU and southeast Minnesota.

OpenRiver collections are coordinated by the Darrell W. Krueger Library, and the specific collection for Grants and Sponsored Projects includes student projects dating back to the 2012-2013 academic year.

Students often present their grant-funded research at the Ramaley Research Celebration in the spring.