Student Opportunities for Academic Research (SOAR) Awards

The SOAR awards support research activities for undergraduate students in the College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences. Undergraduate students from Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Computer Science, Earth Science, Technology, Mathematics and Physics are eligible to apply. The awards, in amounts up to $750, are to be used specifically for costs related to research projects that are part of the student's degree program. All awards must be expended by June 30, with each fiscal year allocation clearly indicated.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

  • Based upon the scientific merits of the proposed project and adherence to guidelines
  • Open to any undergraduate student with a declared major in the College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences and who is enrolled for at least one credit hour of undergraduate research in his or her research discipline 
  • The student’s research/faculty adviser must verify the intended use of the monies
  • Students are not eligible for support of more than one SOAR award during their academic career 
  • Any revisions to the approved budget must be resubmitted for approval

Eligible Costs

  • Computer software and hardware, laboratory or field research supplies
  • Relevant office costs (mailing, photocopying), library services
  • Travel costs directly related to research activities
  • External laboratory fees/costs 

Ineligible Costs

  • Student wages, academic course fees
  • Costs related to presentation of results (travel to conferences, thesis, publishing)

Submissions Guidelines

Application forms are available from the CHAS Dean's Office, departmental offices and the CHAS website. Applications must be submitted by the third Monday in September for fall semester and the first Monday in February for spring semester. Submit all materials to the Associate Dean, College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences, CAC 266, 0358. 

Required Materials

  • Cover sheet (Please use the form provided.)
  • A narrative written entirely by the student outlining the research project (2-page maximum, 12 pt Times New Roman or similar-size font, 1-inch margins all around). The narrative should address the following:
    • Overview of the project, including how it adds to the current research literature
    • How the student's academic and/or research background ties directly to the project
    • How the project will contribute to the student's overall education at UNI
    • How the results of the project will be disseminated (conference, publication, etc.)
    • Students may be contacted to clarify any aspects of the narrative that are unclear.
  • A detailed budget that includes costs per item, total number of items, total project costs and a justification of the items included in the budget sheet or within the narrative. (Please use the budget form provided.)
  • SOAR Application