The Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Research Collaborative


MICROSCOPEThe Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Research Collaborative has announced nine winners of its inaugural grant program funded by the Office of the Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate School and the UMS Research Reinvestment Fund (RRF).

Funded projects involve teams of two or more faculty members from different disciplines with primarily undergraduate researchers working in areas of interest, such as UMaine’s Signature and Emerging Areas of Excellence.

The Office of the Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate School review panel received 31 grant applications from 10 disciplines. Five proposals were chosen and awarded approximately $25,000 per project to span a 12-month performance period starting March 1, 2018.

The RRF Advisory board received nine grant applications and selected four for funding. These projects were awarded approximately $30,000 each and will commence in the coming months.

Winter 2018/2019 News

IURC Grantees Meeting

Earlier this Fall a conference for the Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Research Collaborative grantees was held in the Bangor Room of the Memorial Union.  Faculty, students, and external partners for all 9 grant teams gathered to hear presentations on mid-grant progress of the funded projects. Through these interdisciplinary grants, students have the opportunity to be mentored by world-class researchers and participate in the work as those researchers engaged in team science, give presentations, write grant applications, and conduct hands on research. Teams are also engaged in writing publications and several students had the opportunity to present on the research themselves at the grantees conference.  A video of the meeting can be viewed at the following link and meeting materials can also be viewed here.

"We are delighted for our students who, as part of their undergraduate education at UMaine, have the opportunity to gain invaluable knowledge through the interdisciplinary team-based research experience provided by the IURC program, where learning goes beyond the classroom, and where students are prepared to become successful professionals and lifelong learners." Kody Varahramyan, Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate School.

The IURC grant program will continue to award projects annually.

Contact: Christel Peters