Undergrad Awards for Research and Creativity

The Provost's Undergraduate Awards for Research and Creativity are grants available to undergraduate students at CSU, Chico to complete original projects under the guidance of faculty or staff advisors. The awards are made available twice a year from funds allocated by the Provost. Grants for projects undertaken during the Fall and Spring semesters may be up to $500, while the Summer awards may be up to $2000. The Spring and Summer award application processes run concurrently during the first half of the Spring semester each year, while the Fall application process occurs part way through the Fall semester.

Informational sessions about the awards are held every semester. These sessions are advertised via campus announcements and are posted on the Honors website.

Any undergraduate student may apply for these awards.


  • Applicants must propose an original project and a budget justifying the requested size of the award.
  • Students must have a faculty or staff advisor.
  • Students need, except under extraordinary circumstances, a minimum 3.25 cumulative GPA.

Specific details about the application process can be found on the current application available below or by contacting the Honors Program office at (530)898-5749 or hnrs@csuchico.edu.

Current Award Opportunities:

The Provost's Office has generously provided full funding for the 2013-2014 awards! We are currently accepting applications for Spring and Summer 2014 awards! Submission deadline for both spring and summer applications is 5pm Monday March 10th, 2014.  Information sessions are scheduled for Monday February 24th, 12:30-1:30pm in SSC 122/124 and Thursday February 27th, 12:30-1:30pm in SSC 306.  All though not mandatory, applicants are encouraged to attend one of the sessions. In order to understand all the criteria associated with the Provost's Undergrad Awards for Research and Creativity, potential applicants are also encouraged to review the following documents:

Spring/Summer 2014 Application (PDF) 

 Answers to Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)

2013-2014 Undergraduate Award Recipients

Fall 2013

Recipient Major Project Title Award
Amie French
Agricultural Business Consumer Preference for Locally Grown Pecans $500
Megan Miller
Criminal Justice Rehabilitation and Reintegration Through Alternative Custody Supervision $500
Megan Bacchini
Criminal Justice Rehabilitation and Reintegration Through Alternative Custody Supervision $500
Shane Price
Psychology The Hormonal Effects of Emotionally-relevant Chemosignals in Human Axillary Secretions $500
Amber Rutter
Geology Analyzing CO2 Changes in Ancient Fossils $500

See Previous Recipients of Awards for Research and Creativity