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Internal Funding for Student Research

Faculty-Undergraduate Student Engagement (FUSE)

FUSE grants are designed to support undergraduate students' intellectual development by fostering active engagement in the areas of research, creative and scholarly activities, and/or artistic performances.

All undergraduate students in good academic standing who will reach at least sophomore status at the time of award may apply. FUSE is well-suited for sophomore and junior level undergraduates.

A sample FUSE PDF application can be found here 

 A sample FUSE Word application can be found here.


Program Overview

A standard FUSE award package includes:

  • Up to $3,000 that can be used as follows:
    • project-related expenses (including travel needed to carry out research)
    • student to travel to a conference to present
    • travel for the faculty mentor to accompany the student to that conference
  • Scholarship for tuition for the one-hour course (if the course results in an increase in tuition)
  • $500 awarded to the student upon successful completion of the project
  • $1,000 from college to department of the faculty mentor – $500 for faculty’s professional development and $500 for the department to incentivize student-faculty research.

 An International FUSE award package includes:

  • The standard FUSE award package as described above
  • Up to $1,000 of supplemental funding awarded to the student to support international activities

What is expected of an awardee? (further details will be provided upon award)

  • Student must take a one-hour research course “UC 400: Mentored Research Experience” during the semester in which they receive the award (coursework is the FUSE project itself)
  • Student must present a poster/talk, or stage a performance/exhibit, at a national or regional conference, or other venue appropriate to the nature of the work
  • Student must contact the Office of Scholar Development and discuss external scholarship options
  • Faculty member should submit publication(s), with appropriate authorship, based on the work
  • The student is expected to present/participate during WKU’s annual REACH week.

For Existing FUSE Awardees:

Guidelines for Spending FUSE Funds

WKU Student International Travel Registry

Final Report Form


For further information or questions, contact






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 Last Modified 1/9/18