Academic Year Undergraduate Research Award

The Office of Undergraduate Research offers the Academic Year Undergraduate Research Award (AYURA) to support student-initiated, faculty-mentored independent scholarly research or creative endeavors during term-time in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Awards are for $2500.


  • WashU rising senior or senior working towards thesis, capstone, or culminating project
  • Research project must be in humanities or social sciences 
  • Student must be unable to complete research in the summer term
  • Research must not conflict with student’s academic year studies
  • Nomination from a WashU faculty mentor in the field of proposed research who agrees to actively engage in overseeing the research project
  • Second letter of nomination from a WashU faculty member in the field of proposed research

In making AYURA award decisions, the primary consideration is the feasibility of the proposed research. Student applicants and faculty mentors should speak to how the research fits within the student’s academic progression and how it will not disrupt the student’s academic year studies. The application should address the necessity of the research within the proposed timeline, specifically why the research cannot be or was not conducted during the summer term. Preference is given to first-time OUR award applicants.

Award Recipient Expectations

  1. Awardees must present their work at the undergraduate research symposium in the semester following receipt of the award. Details of this event will be covered in an Award Agreement.
  2. Awardees must submit an end of award report following completion of their research experience.
  3. For research activities involving human subjects, nominees must seek and receive approval from the University's Human Research Protection Office
  4. All awards are considered taxable income by federal, state, and local government.