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Student Research Support – Shaheen College of Arts & Sciences

The Shaheen College of Arts & Sciences encourages research and scholarly activity by offering grant opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students in their area of study. These grants are offered to students to supplement financial support from other sources, including their departments. Funding is intended to help offset expenses such as research supplies and travel. To be eligible to receive support, students must have a declared major in the Arts and Sciences or be working with a research advisor in the Shaheen College. Opportunities such as the Research Fellows Program are also open to students in programs outside the Shaheen College of Arts & Sciences.

Research expenses and travel support

Shaheen College provides financial support for graduate and undergraduate student research expenses and for travel to present research at professional meetings. Support is reserved for students who meet one of the following requirements:

  • Enrolled in a Shaheen College graduate program
  • Majoring in an undergraduate program offered by a Shaheen College department
  • Working with a faculty member in Shaheen College as a research mentor

Submitting requests for approval

Students should first request funds from their department or program. They may apply for Shaheen College funds using forms available on the Research Grant Opportunities channel, located on My UIndy under the Students tab. All completed forms should be submitted to the director of student and faculty research initiatives. If approved, requests for travel grants will automatically be forwarded to the Graduate School or Office of the Provost to be considered for additional matching support.

If the request is approved, students should submit receipts and a completed expense voucher form (either a Travel Voucher Form or a Miscellaneous Reimbursement Form) to the director of student and faculty research initiatives.

Research Assistant (RA) Program

Research assistantships are paid positions helping a faculty member with his or her scholarship. The faculty member may apply for a funded position for a student assistantship through the director of student and faculty research initiatives. A new RA should be a freshman or sophomore with an interest in original scholarship. The faculty mentor will introduce the student to research appropriate to the mentor's discipline and help prepare the student to undertake more original scholarship later in his or her studies. RA positions may be renewable up to two years.

Research Fellows (RF) Program

Research fellowships are offered to students seeking a degree program under any college or school at University of Indianapolis. Fellows are recruited by invitation after they have applied to UIndy. Acceptance involves an invitation into the Honors Program, enrollment in an Honors First Year Seminar and the option to become a paid research assistant for a faculty mentor in the student's chosen field. Additional opportunities to attend workshops and professional conferences will introduce the student into the culture of scholarship.

Summer Research Institute (SRI)

The Summer Research Institute for 2017 is now accepting applications. The Institute is designed to give students and their faculty mentors the opportunity to work on their scholastic endeavors for three weeks during Spring Term in May. This is an excellent opportunity for students to engage in cutting-edge research that they intend to continue the following academic year, including work for academic credit and Honors theses after completion of the SRI.

As a participant, students will receive a $1,500 stipend to cover living expenses and subsidized campus housing will be available. Faculty members will receive a $500 stipend.

Interested students, and their mentors, must both apply and commit to working during the entire length of Spring Term on campus. Students will give a formal presentation of their work at the end of the program and will be strongly encouraged to participate in Scholar's Day in April 2018. Mentors will be asked to give a short presentation on their scholarship to the SRI student cohort in May.

To apply, students may fill out the application form. If the student is studying in a STEM (science, technology, engineering, or math) discipline, please also fill out the application form for funding through Health Career Opportunity Program, which can be found here (must be logged into my.uindy for link to work). The deadline for full consideration of an application is February 10, 2017, at 4 p.m.  Applications will be reviewed by a faculty committee and ranked on the basis of significance, feasibility, and inclusiveness of disciplines. Preference will be given to current juniors and sophomores, but all Shaheen College and health-related majors are welcome to apply. Acceptances will depend on available funding. Decisions will be announced in the first part of March.

Funding is graciously provided by the Shaheen College of Arts & Sciences for Shaheen College students and faculty and the Metropolitan Indianapolis-Central Indiana Area Health Education Center for students seeking health-related careers and their faculty mentors. If you have questions, please contact Brad Neal at

For more information about these programs, contact Dr. John Langdon, director of student and faculty research initiatives, at