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Award for Graduate Research

For the spring 2021 research award competition, the Graduate College encourages research addressing discrimination, inequality, and health disparities in communities of color. For the AGR competition, we are particularly interested in these themes from a biomedical (both clinical and basic) perspective.  The competition is NOT, however, limited to the above research areas.

Doing research during a global pandemic: If an applicant's proposed project will require travel (e.g., visiting an archive, conducting interviews) or may otherwise be impacted by travel and/or public health restrictions—whatever those might be—then the applicant should address this fact transparently and demonstrate awareness of contingencies.

Some technical issues with the submissions email addresses have been resolved. See updated submission links. (3/10/21/bw)

Fall 2020 Recipients

Overview

The Graduate College’s longest-running support for research by graduate students at UIC is the Award for Graduate Research (AGR). Formerly named the Provost’s Award for Graduate Research and the W.C. and May Preble Deiss Fund for Biomedical Research Award, or collectively the Provost/Deiss Award, the name was shortened to avoid confusion with other funding mechanisms. It is one application; however, the Deiss Fund underwrites research in clinical or basic medical sciences.

Students may apply on a competitive basis for awards of approximately $1000 to $3000 to support their research. Awards will be made in two competitions annually, once in Spring semester and once in Fall semester. Please note: The awards committee reserves the right to award less in support than the student applicant requests, and frequently does so.

These awards are designed to allow students to take advantage of unique opportunities to further their research, and to aid progress toward their degrees. Effective Fall 2018, the Graduate College is delineating three spending categories–research travel, summer research stipend, and materials/supplies–if not covered by other sources, such as the grant of a major advisor.

DEADLINE for submission by the student’s academic program: 4 pm on March 19, 2021.

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DEADLINE: 4 PM, March 19, 2021