Knight Campus Undergraduate Scholars

The Knight Campus Undergraduate Scholars program is a comprehensive research experience designed to develop the next generation of leading researchers. The program immerses a cohort of students in a full year of research in a Knight Campus affiliated lab from January to December each year.
The program is open to all University of Oregon students who meet the eligibility criteria.


  • Program Announcement Letter

Program Timeline

2019 Program Year
Application Available November 1, 2018
Application Deadline

Students: November 28, 2018 @ 11:59 pm

Mentors: December 3, 2018 @ 12:00 pm

Fellows Selected December 12, 2018 (estimated)
Mentor Selection Process December 12, 2018 – January 18, 2019
Program Start Date January 22, 2019
Program End Date December 13, 2019

Program Details and Benefits

How it works: Undergraduate students apply to the program, describing their background and research interests. Prospective mentors submit project proposals that outline an independent student research project. After student scholars are selected, the scholars and mentors go through a matching process.
Undergraduate Student Benefits
  • The program provides a $7,500 stipend that will be paid out over the course of the calendar year.
  • Participation in professional development and learning activities as part of a cohort of top students.
Mentor Benefits
  • $2,000 in research support (e.g. travel, supplies, conference fees).
  • Supervisory and leadership experience

Eligibility Criteria

Undergraduate Students
  • Sophomore or Juniors enrolled at the University of Oregon
  • Minimum 3.3 GPA
  • Major in the natural sciences
  • Commitment to program including full time availability for at least 10 weeks in the summer
  • Graduate student, postdoctoral fellow/scholar, or NTTF of good standing enrolled in or employed in a research program in one of the current or past Knight Campus Internal Advisory Board members.
  • Mentor must be approved by lab PI to submit a proposal
  • Committed to supervising the undergraduate scholar for the full year
  • Have a project that allows undergraduates to work independently under your supervision

Program Expectations

Undergraduate Students
  • Commit regular effort to conducting research:
    • Winter term: 10+ lab hours per week
    • Spring term: 10+ lab hours per week
    • Summer: full time in the lab for a minimum of 10 weeks
    • Fall term: 10+ lab hours per week
  • Participate in cohort activities (professional development and social).
  • Share the results of your research at the UO Undergraduate Symposium.
  • Acknowledge the Knight Campus Undergraduate Scholars program in all work resulting from research during the program.
  • Notify the program administrator immediately of other support or of any conflicts with the eligibility and/or restrictions of this fellowship.
  • Notify the program administrator of any publications or conference presentations that are associated with your research project.
  • Participate in orientation, training, and semi-regular meetings related to the program
  • Provide progress reports and evaluations as requested by the program

How to Apply

Make sure that you meet all of the eligibility criteria outlined above before proceeding.

Step 1

Undergraduate Students:
  • Only projects which allow undergraduates to work independently will receive consideration, so please ensure that your project description details the undergraduate’s independent research in relation to your own current research.
  • If you are already mentoring an undergraduate student who is planning to submit an application to the program please indicate so in the appropriate section in the application.
    • You will also be asked to indicate whether or not you wish for your project to be considered for other scholars if your undergraduate is not selected.
  • Preview a PDF version of the application.
  • Complete the online application. (application closed for 2019-2020)

Step 2

Undergraduate Students
  • Applicants are required to have one letter of recommendation from a faculty member that is familiar with your academic background and/or research experience.
  • Request that your letter writer complete the letter of recommendation worksheet.
  • Instruct your faculty letter writer to submit the completed worksheet to
  • Under the federal law titled the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 and according to the University of Oregon Student Record Policy, registered students are given the right to inspect their records, including letters of recommendation and teacher recommendations. If the student wants to waive their right of access to this recommendation, they may do so by completing a waiver form.
  • Ask your PI to send an email to giving their approval for you to submit a project for consideration and confirming your full year of availability to mentor an undergraduate student.

Step 3

Undergraduate Students
  • No further action needed.


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