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Undergraduate Research

Does DCUR Fund My Research?

DCUR administers several programs that provide financial support for Southern Miss undergraduate students.

The Eagle SPUR Program

Samantha Papp (Special Education), Eagle Wings grant recipient, presenting her research poster at The 22nd International Symposium of Adapted Physical Activity 2019.(supported by generous contributions from Mr. Drapeau and from the Southern Miss Vice President for Research)

  • Supports undergraduate student research and creative activity with grants of up to $1,000 for one- or two-semester projects and a travel supplement (if applicable) of up to $500.
  • Funds may be used for travel (e.g. to present at a conference, perform at a show, visit an archive, etc.), equipment, supplies, a stipend that allows you to devote time to your research project, etc.
  • Learn more about the application process and download required forms.
  • Fall Application Deadline: October 15 for spring and summer projects; Application portal opens September 1

  • Spring Application Deadline: March 15 for summer and fall projects; Application portal opens February 1

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The Drapeau Summer Research Grant Program

(made possible by generous contributions from Mr. Drapeau)

  • Supports undergraduate students’ full-time research or creative activity during the summer (at least eight weeks) at Southern Miss.
  • Awardees receive a $4,000 summer stipend and may request up to $1,000 additional funding to support their project.
  • Typically, one or two summer grants per year are awarded, depending on available funds.
  • Learn more about the application process and download required forms.
  • Application deadline: March 15. Application portal opens February 1. 

apply here!


The NCUR Travel Support Program

Students can apply for Eagle SPUR travel funds to attend the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) and share their research or creative work with close to 4,000 undergraduate students from around the country. 


The DCUR Fund for Unanticipated Opportunities

Have you learned about an opportunity after the deadline for a DCUR grant competition has passed? DCUR may be able to offer limited financial support, if
  • this is an important opportunity for your academic or professional development,
  • you did not know about this opportunity before the deadline for the regular DCUR competition,
  • you have strong support from a Southern Miss faculty mentor,
  • you have one or more cost-sharing partners (on- or off-campus)
Eligible Opportunities
  • Presentation at a prestigious conference or participation in a prestigious competition
  • Attendance of a workshop or master class that will advance your own work
  • Realization of an invited exhibit, performance or choreography
  • Visits to collaborator(s) and other travel that is important for your scholarly work
Funds are limited and available on a first-come/first-served basis. DCUR will not consider requests from students
  • who could have applied for financial support through a regular DCUR program
  • who did apply previously but whose proposal was not selected for funding
How can you apply for this fund?

Fill out the Unanticipated Opportunities Grant Application and email it to Dr.%20Sabine%20Heinhorst.

Arrange for your mentor to send an email to sabine.heinhorstFREEMississippi that expresses strong support for your request and explains the benefits of the unanticipated opportunity for your academic and/or professional development. To consider your request for funding and provide a timely response, we must receive your mentor’s email within two days after we receive your request.

Once you have used your grant, you will need to submit an Unanticipated Opportunities Final Report.

Application deadline: Continuous. 

View the Disbursement Procedures for DCUR Grants

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Contact a DCUR representative:

Dr.%20Sabine%20Heinhorst for all questions about DCUR

Ms.%20Jo%20Ann%20Johnson for questions related to DCUR grant processes

The University of Southern Mississippi
Drapeau Center for Undergraduate Research
118 College Dr. #5162
Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001



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Contact a member of the UGS Planning Committee in your area of interest for questions related to conventions of presentations in your discipline.

Contact Dr.%20Sabine%20Heinhorst or Dr.%20Joyce%20Inman for questions related to abstract submission or registration, UGS schedule or program, judging or moderating.

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