CURS hosts three Undergraduate Fellowships annually for students pursuing research outside of the classroom and under the guidance of a scholarly mentor. These fellowships are meant to offset living and academic expenses while students are making a positive impact in our world through their scholarship.
CURS Community Impact Fellowship supports an undergraduate student in collaboration with a faculty mentor investigating issues of local or global concern and inspires positive change in the community. The research may seek to study the potential impact of, or implementation of policy, social, political, environmental or behavioral change. The goal of funding is to include students in research that explores community problems and improvements that positively affect our local and global community. All disciplines are encouraged to apply. Two letters of recommendation are required. One must be from your research mentor and the other can be another Augusta University faculty member you select.
CURS Fellowship for Enhancing Equity and Diversity (FEED) supports research in any discipline that investigates issues of groups experiencing discrimination. The research should seek a deeper understanding of the problem itself (e.g., through literature, film, interviews, public data) and /or seek pathways to effect change toward a more diverse and just future for affected the group(s). The goal of funding is to include students in research that explores problems and / or solutions around issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion. Two letters of recommendation are required. One must be from your research mentor and the other can be another Augusta University faculty member you select.
CURS International Researcher (IR) Fellowships award $2,000 to offset costs of conducting research abroad either during an AU Study Abroad trip or through an independently arranged trip. Students will be expected to spend an average of 10-20 hours per week on the research depending on the length of the stay. The duration of a funded research trip may be anywhere from one week to one semester. The student and mentor's role in the research will be clearly planned out and expectations for the time spent will be a primary component of the application. Two letters of recommendation are required. One must be from your research mentor and the other can be another Augusta University faculty member you select.
Zoey, a Cell and Molecular Biology major, is conducting her research on African American Patient-Derived Head and Neck Cancer Cultures, for the development of Precision Medicine treatments under the mentorship of Dr. Vivian Lui at the Georgia Cancer Center. Her research addresses a historical imbalance in the reduced level of medical research and testing on minority groups, which has resulted in inequity and poorer treatment outcomes for minorities. Precision medicine holds great promise for cancer treatments, and the goal of Zoey’s research is to increase the number of African American patient-derived cultures available for drug testing so that effective treatments can be developed for this ethnic population. Zoey has been admitted into the Medical College of Georgia for the Fall class of 2023, and she expects to continue her research in medical school.
Katelyn is a Kinesiology major with a concentration in exercise and sports science with the goal of becoming a Physical Education Teacher. She is conducting research on Culturally Relevant Physical Activity to Promote Math, Reading, and Writing Literacy. Her research goals are to develop a program that will aid youth literacy and physical literacy development by incorporating other tenants of academia into physical activities to promote and encourage overall academic success by exploring the gap in the literature and add to the academic knowledge of TPSR and CRP models and literacy.
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Amesha, a psychology major conducted her research, Exploring the Influence of Clinician Biases on the Diagnoses of African Americans Patients under the mentorship of Dr. Michelle Johnson, Office of Diversity and Inclusion and Dr. Melanie Wilcox, Department of Psychological Sciences.
Annabel, a double major in Health Services and Music conducted her research, COVID-19 inNursing Homes: A Comprehensive Survey of Healthcare Management Practices under the mentorship of Barbara Manley-Smith, Department of Research.
Palak, the first recipient of the FEED is a health services major who conducted her research Racial Segregation and COVID-19 Health Outcomes : Evidence from the state of Georgia was mentored by Dr. Simon Medcalfe, Hull College of Business.
Katlin, a Cell and Molecular Biology major was the first recipient of the CIF. Her research, Are TF-CBT Therapist and patients Comfortable Using the Resiliency App JoyPop? was mentored by Dr. Ashwini Tiwari, Institute of Public and Preventative Health.