student funding

Several donors to UM-Flint have expressed an interest in encouraging student research and generously donated funds to provide support for student-initiated research and for travel to attend professional conferences. These endowed funds provide support for original student research ideas, and are intended to encourage individual or group work. 

Each of student-led research funds are named after their benefactors and have unique terms and conditions:

  • Beatrice and William Caldwell Research Fund
  • M-Club of Greater Flint Research Award
  • Gerald and Sharon Schreiber Research Fund
  • Harry and Wanda Piper CAS Undergraduate Research Fund

Below are the Student Endowed Funds and donor guidelines.

TitleEligible EndeavorsSpecial Considerations
Gerald and Sharon Schreiber Research FundSupport for new and promising student research agendas, encourage individual or group scholarly and creative work, and recognize ambitious student research agendas. Up to 1/3 of available monies may be used for conference presentations, including travel.  DOES NOT support student participation in the performing arts or other competitions, or research travel.
University of Michigan Club of Greater Flint Research FundSupport for new and promising student research agendas, encourage individual or group scholarly and creative work, and recognize ambitious student research agendas. Up to 1/3 of available monies may be used for conference presentations, including travel.  DOES NOT support student participation in the performing arts or other competitions, or research travel.
Mukkamala and Kulkarni Family Research FundThe intent of this fund is to encourage students to engage in meaningful research that will enhance their education and undergraduate experiencesScholarship awards will be applied toward tuition, books and other educational fees.
M. Harry Piper & Wanda L. Piper CAS Undergraduate Student ResearchSupport for new and promising student research agendas, encourage individual or group scholarly and creative work, and recognize ambitious student research agendas. Up to 1/3 of available monies may be used for conference presentations, including travel.  DOES NOT support student participation in the performing arts or other competitions, or research travel.

Eligibility & Terms

  • Available to students who have completed 55+ credit hours (for undergraduate students) or 12+ credit hours (for graduate students)
  • Applicants must be a currently-enrolled, part-time or full-time
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5
  • Student-led project must include some faculty mentorship
  • Awards up to $500 per academic year
  • Funds will support expenses including research supplies, human subject incentives, and conference registration fee or conference travel expenses. Equipment, software, or salaries are not supported.

How to Apply

To apply, please use the UM-Flint InfoReady system at umflint.infoready4.com/#reviewApplications/1776663.

You will need to authenticate by either creating a guest account or by using your U-M unique name and Kerberos password. InfoReady uses umich domain emails for log-in purposes (i.e. uniquename@umich.edu)

Students are encouraged to apply at any time during the year. Please submit your completed application at least one month prior to the start of your project or attendance at a conference to allow for review time.

Certification in the “Research Practice Foundations” training module of PEERRS (Program for Education and Evaluation in Responsible Research and Scholarship) in the University of Michigan’s eResearch system is required if your proposal is awarded.

For questions, please email flint.research@umich.edu or call the UM-Flint Office of Research at 810.762.3383.