Awards and Grants

Departments and organizations may offer awards and grants to undergraduates to support their research.

Provost's Undergraduate Fellowship (PUF)

This program supports undergraduate students doing research or creative projects under the guidance of UC Davis faculty members. Students from all discipline areas are eligible to apply.


The Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research/Dean Keith Simonton Prize/Student Award -- Students must complete the application and upload their project by Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.

Each year up to two graduating seniors who have completed outstanding research, scholarship or creative activity tied to any academic subject while at UC Davis are awarded the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research. The award will be announced and a special plaque will be awarded at commencement ceremonies in June.

An information session regarding the Chancellor’s Award will be held on Wednesday, April 9, 12:10 – 1:00 p.m. in Room E, Student Community Center. Find out how to submit the best package of materials to be competitive in the applicant pool.


The Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Mentoring Undergraduate Research/Dean Keith Simonton Prize/Faculty Award -- The deadline is Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.

This annual award was instituted in 1994 as a way to emphasize the importance and visibility of the facultyís contribution to the excellent mentoring of, and advocacy for, undergraduate research. The successful candidate must be exceptional for his/her contribution to the education of undergraduates in research. The award is announced and a special plaque and check for $500 is awarded at commencement ceremonies in June.


Ellen Hansen Memorial Prize

Awarded annually to a UC Davis woman student, whose original creative project best demonstrates the bravery and independence of women. For more information visit the Women's Resources & Research Center Web site.


Sigma Xi

Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research program grants of $1,000 or less to students from all areas of the sciences and engineering.


Undergraduate Research Award in Sociology

Students who complete a substantial piece of sociological research in the course of their studies are encouraged to submit that work to the Committee on Undergraduate Curriculum and Programs (CUCP) to be considered for the Annual Undergraduate Research Award in Sociology. A call for papers is usually put out in late May and a decision is made by the end of June. For more information visit the Sociology Web site.


Other Grant Opportunities

Visit the Web site for the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research.


Is your program here?

If you have a program that does not appear on this website and you would like to have it included, or if as a program representative you would like changes or additions made to this website, please contact Tammy Hoyer, Undergraduate Research Center.