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CAHNRS Faculty and Staff Awards Nominations begin November 28. Learn more about the selection process.

Student Research and Assistantship Opportunities

Undergraduate Research and Creative Projects

Bryan Clock TowerUndergraduate students in our college have the unique opportunity to receive funds to complete a research project with a faculty member in their department. In the spring, students compete in a poster competition at the CAHNRS Undergraduate Research and Creative Project (URCP) Poster Fair. Posters are judged by graduate students and awards are given to the top two presenters in four categories: Applied Agricultural & Natural Resource Sciences; Basic Agricultural & Natural Resource Sciences; Design Descipline; and Human Sciences. Check out winners and partipants from the 2010-2011 poster fair competition.

The 2011-2012 URCP Poster Fair will be held on April 14th from 1 PM to 3 PM on the bottom floor of the Vogel Plant Biosciences building. Poster viewing is open to the public. Winners will be announce immediately following the Poster Fair.

Graduate Research

Our college offers graduate programs in Agriculture, Design, Food and Consumer Sciences, and Natural Resource Sciences. Research is an integral component of receiving a Master’s Degree. Students pick a committee of faculty to help guide them through the process of choosing a topic for research, conducting the research and finally, completing a thesis. Students are able to apply for special funds from the Graduate School to help them travel or conduct research.


Most graduate programs have assistantships available for qualified graduate students. A department may recommend any student who has been admitted to graduate school for an assistantship. Many assistantships provide additional opportunities to work with faculty on various interesting research projects. Another advantage is that assistantships often help pay for the costs of graduate education.

College Leads in Student Research Opportunities

Over a thousand undergraduate students participated in an undergraduate research experience, supervised internship or teaching internship, thesis project, or co-curricular activities for personal and professional development under supervision of CAHNRS faculty.