Undergraduate Research Center


The Undergraduate Research Center (URC) supports students and faculty in building mentoring relationships that enable students to participate in research, scholarship, and creative activities. We help spark creativity, open doors to new ideas, and help nurture a lifelong love of learning.


Fall 2021 Grant Cycle
  • Application Portal Opens: September 17th, 2021
  • Applications Deadline (with Faculty Mentor Approval): October 8th, 2021
  • Students Notified of Awards: November 1st, 2021
Spring 2022 Research Apprenticeship Program (RAP)
  • Student and Mentor Applications Due: October 18th, 2021
  • Student Paperwork Completed: November 29th - December 1st, 2021
  • Students Begin Work: January 10th, 2022
2022 Undergraduate Research Symposium 
  • Spring 2022 URS Date: April 12th, 2022
  • Spring 2022 URS Application Deadline: To be announced, February 2022
Minnesota Undergraduate Scholars Events
  • Minnesota Undergraduate Scholars Conference: Submission deadline to be announced
    • Event held March or April 2022
  • Posters at St. Paul: Submission deadline to be announced
    • Event held February 2022

National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR)
  • NCUR Application Portal Opens: September 15th, 2021
  • NCUR Call for Abstracts Deadlines

    • Early Bird Abstract Submissions Deadline: October 20th, 2021
    • Regular Abstract Submissions Deadline: November 19th, 2021
  • Presenter Orientation: April 1st, 2022
  • NCUR 2022: April 4-8th, 2022

Posters on the Hill
  • 2022 Application Opens: October 15th, 2021
  • 2022 Deadline: December 13th, 2021
2022 Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) - Tenative based on Funding Availability
  • 2022 Application Deadline: To be announced, April 2022

About Us

The mission of the URC is to actively engage faculty and students in mentoring relationships structured around research, scholarly, and creative activities.

News and Deadlines

News and deadlines for the Undergraduate Research Center.

Why Do Research

Learn why both students and faculty members should get involved in the undergraduate research process. Faculty resources can be found here.

Getting Started

How to apply and get started with the Undergraduate Research Center at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Student Funding

Learn about opportunities for funding student research and creative projects, through the URC and other entities.

Present and Publish

Information on opportunities to present and publish Undergraduate Research at Minnesota State, Mankato.

Other Opportunities

View other scholastic and creative projects by students on campus.