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SCUSPUR (Single Portal for Undergraduate Research)


Single Portal for Undergraduate Research

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Important Dates-

January 8, 2024

SPUR Application Opens

February 16, 2024

Student Application Portion Closes

February 23, 2024

Faculty Application Portion Closes

Applications will reopen in Winter 2025.


SCU students can explore their passions in scholarship or creative activities by participating in paid research under the mentorship of an SCU faculty member. The experience should be focused on an original research project or creative work that provides the student with the opportunity to work closely with a faculty mentor. The projects should be faculty-driven, meaning that the research being proposed clearly fits within the faculty member’s research or creative agenda, with a clear mentoring plan to integrate the student in a meaningful and collaborative way.

By applying through a University-wide, single application portal with a common set of guidelines, research proposals will be evaluated for quality prior to consideration for specific grants and awards for which the student and research project may be eligible.

The grants and awards incorporated in this application portal include, but are not limited to:


ALZA Corporation Science Scholars: Established in 2001, this award provides scholarships to undergraduate students majoring in Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Neuroscience, Public Health, Physics, Psychobiology, and Bioengineering who have career interests in biology, chemistry, the pharmaceutical industry, or medicine. Applicants must be in good academic standing with a minimum GPA of 3.0.

Clare Boothe Luce Research Scholar Awards: The Henry Luce Foundation provides awards for undergraduate women conducting academic year and summer research. These awards are for undergraduate women who are U.S. citizens majoring in the natural sciences and engineering. An overall GPA of 3.25 or higher is required at the time of the award. Pre-health science majors are ineligible for these awards. Also, students planning to attend medical school or to pursue health professions careers are ineligible for this award.

De Novo Fellowship: The De Novo Fellowship encourages underrepresented STEM students to participate in a research project. This prestigious fellowship is awarded to outstanding students from underrepresented groups in the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Engineering to work on well-crafted research projects with faculty mentors who are committed to increasing diversity in STEM. 

Gerald and Sally DeNardo Science Scholars Program: The Gerald and Sally DeNardo Science Scholars receive academic year and summer research and supply awards through graduation. The program is funded through a generous endowment created by Drs. Gerald and Sally DeNardo. The ideal candidate will represent the best of a Jesuit education, with a commitment to pursuing a career in the health sciences broadly defined. Their research project must reflect the significance of the proposed work in the context of the health sciences. The extended mentoring relationship between faculty and student is of the utmost importance to the DeNardos. Please contact Marie Brancati at with any questions about the DeNardo Science Scholars Program.

Hayes Fellowship: This fellowship was established in memory of Arthur Hull Hayes, Jr., SCU's first Rhodes Scholar (1955) and a former commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Candidates must be participants in good standing with the University Honors Program who exemplify the ideals and best tradition of Santa Clara University, and have a minimum GPA of 3.3. 
Osberg Fellowship: This fellowship was established through the generosity of Sally Osberg in memory of Richard H. Osberg, who served as a distinguished SCU Professor of English, the Chair of his Department, and as Director of the Honors Program and Office of Fellowships. This fellowship is an excellent way for students to prepare to compete for nationally competitive graduate fellowships such as the Rhodes, Marshall, Schwarzman, Knight-Hennessy, Fulbright, Mitchell, Truman, Goldwater, Udall, Gates-Cambridge, or the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. Candidates must be current sophomores or juniors in good standing with the University Honors Program who exemplify the ideals and best tradition of Santa Clara University, and have a minimum GPA of 3.3.
Provost Research Fellowship: The Office of Student Fellowships awards two Provost Research Fellowships for students with promising research agendas. These summer research fellowships are intended to provide opportunities for significant independent research for students planning to pursue graduate study and major nominated fellowships, such as the Rhodes Scholarship. Candidates must be nominated by a faculty member willing to work with them to develop the research project and application, and to serve as mentor during the summer. For further information, please contact the Office of Student Fellowships at
Whitham Family Collaborative Scholarship: Established in 2023, this award provides $7,500 to an undergraduate student engaged in a true cross-disciplinary collaboration. 

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