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Research Grants: Responding to Two Pandemics

Students are invited to apply for the A&S Research Grants Program. This program will allow for faculty mentored undergraduate research to be undertaken and completed in the 2020-2021 academic year.

Grants will be awarded to winning research proposals explicitly addressing one or both of the two pandemics of racism and COVID-19. Such proposals will be inspired by the following institutional commitments as articulated by the A&S Dean Patrice Rankine: 1) to the use and revision of our academic disciplines as lenses through which we see and understand our shared existence, and as tools for (re)building ourselves and the world; 2) to college and university campuses as cultural spaces where our differences meet and sometimes clash; 3) and to anti-discrimination in all of its forms, with anti-racism and anti-sexism at the forefront, given the immediacy of Me Too and Black Lives Matter movements along with the unequal lived experiences that COVID-19 unveiled.

Grant Information:

  • 10 or more grants in the form of student stipends per project of up to $1000 each; with the opportunity to apply for up to $500 in additional funding, if required for specific itemized expenses to perform the research;
  • Grants will be awarded for student authored project proposals reviewed by the URC;
  • New and ongoing projects in all A&S disciplines are eligible;
  • UR faculty mentorship is required;
  • Interdisciplinary work and community engagement are encouraged but not required, given the current pandemic restrictions;
  • Awardees will be required to present completed research at the 2021 A&S Student Symposium.


  • Proposals will be evaluated in two rounds of competition: Thursday, October 22, 2020 and Tuesday, January 26, 2021 deadlines;
  • First round winners will be announced by Monday, November 2, 2020 and second round winners will be announced Monday, February 15, 2021;
  • All winning proposals will be recognized at the February 2021 installment of the Webinar Series: Responding to Two Pandemics | COVID-19 & Racism; all completed projects to be highlighted at the 2021 A&S Student Symposium.

Students interested in applying should submit their research proposal to Robert Plymale at or in person at the Arts & Sciences Dean’s Office Room 011 (Just past the Academic Skills Center), by Thursday, October 22, 2020 for the first round and by Tuesday, January 26, 2021 for the second round. Instructions for assembling the application can be found here.

For any questions regarding the grant program, please contact Monika Siebert at

For any questions regarding the application process, please contact Robert Plymale at