Frequently Asked Questions

  • General:

    • Q: I am interested in research but not sure how to get started. How can I get general information?
      • A: The first step is to attend a CUSE workshop!  Our Workshop A: Getting Started in Research is offered weekly throughout most of the academic year and focuses on strategies for thinking through research questions and finding faculty mentors. See the current workshop schedule here. Also, visit the Getting Started section of our website for resources.
    • Q: I am interested in doing STEM research in a campus lab. How do I go about finding and obtaining a research position?
    • Q: How do I find a summer internship?
      • A: Visit the Career Center for a list of internship opportunities. Also, check out our External Grants section for funded summer internship opportunities.
  • Funding Questions

    • Q: What are the current funding deadlines?
      • ​A: CUSE deadlines can always be found here. Funding deadlines for other entities will vary and can be found on their individual websites.
    • Q: What time do applications have to be in on the deadline day?
      • A: Midnight.
    • Q: If I apply for funding before the deadline, can my proposal be reviewed early?
      • A: No. All CUSE grants are reviewed after the submission deadline in order to ensure fair and impartial evaluation of all applications.
    • Q: How does my faculty mentor submit a letter of recommendation?
      • A: When you submit your complete application via the Common Application, the system will generate and send an email to the address of the faculty member whose name and NetID you provided. The email contains a link to your proposal. Your mentor can use that link to upload a PDF of their letter to add to your grant application.
    • Q: Can I submit my application late?
      • A: No. CUSE deadlines are firm in order to ensure fairness for all applicants. All students are advised to prepare and submit proposals well before the deadline.
    • Q: If I am proposing a group project with another student can we submit a joint proposal?
      • A: No. All students must submit their own individual proposals that outline what their part in the project is and how it contributes to their academic trajectory.