Undergraduate Research Support Program // Eck Institute for Global Health // University of Notre Dame

Eck Institute for Global Health

Undergraduate Research Support Program

Undergraduate Research Support Program:  This program is designed to further our objectives by training undergraduates for global health research, supporting our faculty in their research endeavors, and increasing undergraduate participation within the Institute.

Together, undergraduate students and EIGH faculty members can apply for research funding from the Institute.  Faculty members may receive $200 per semester for two semesters.  Only one student per member will be funded per academic year. Funds can be used to purchase materials and supplies the undergraduate student will use during the course of their research.

Acceptance Criteria:

  • Have the student participate in College of Science Joint Annual Meeting (COS-JAM)
  • Recognize funding from the Eck Institute for Global Health on presentations and/or publications associated with the funded research
  • Notify the Eck Institute for Global Health if any presentations and/or publications result from the undergraduate student’s work


An example of a successfully funded project:  Mary Ann McDowell and Megan Fuerst ’15, were recipients of the Undergraduate Research Support Program for the 2014-2015 academic year.  Megan examined the physiological importance of the Neuropeptide F Receptor in the Aedes aegypti mosquito.  Megan reported, “My research this semester helped develop my appreciation for the scientific method and I learned many laboratory techniques. I never thought I would be able to successfully micro-inject a mosquito, let alone fifty at a time! I enjoyed planning my own experiments while referencing other papers for help. I could not have done it without the support of my mentors, Dr. McDowell and Doug Shoue. I am very grateful for my experience in lab this semester, and look forward to continuing to contribute to the field of global health as a professional.”  

The deadline for the next round of applications for the Undergraduate Research Support Program is Fall 2017. For more information contact Ashley Scott.

A list of present and past recipients of the Undergraduate Research Support Program can be found here.