Smart Program Information

Since its initiation in 1989, as part of our agenda to enhance undergraduate education, the Undergraduate Research Fund (URF), now known as the SMART Program at IUSB has supported more than 150 projects in diverse fields including business/finance, science, liberal arts, fine arts, education, and health sciences. Since 1989, we have distributed over $250,000 to students.

The SMART program has four separate grant programs:

  1. SMART Research Expense Grant
  2. SMART Travel Grants
    1. Conference Presentation Grant
    2. Group Travel Grant
    3. Conference Attendance Grant
  3. SMART Internship
  4. SMART Summer Fellowship (expanded for summer 2016)

The grants are open to all undergraduates in good standing currently enrolled in credit courses at IUSB, with a GPA of 2.5 or higher. To receive funding students must submit an application following all the specific guidelines for the grant program before the research or travel takes place. No awards will be given retroactively.

Proposals must be reviewed and endorsed by the faculty mentor and submitted to the SMART Committee for review and action. 


Annual Undergraduate Research Awards

Indiana University South Bend prides itself on the abundance and diversity of research and creative activities completed each year by its undergraduate students.  The SMART Undergraduate Research Awards are meant to honor undergraduates from across the campus who have distinguished records of research or creative activities.  Students are encouraged to submit applications to one of the following categories:

  1. Liberal arts (including art history)

  2. Natural sciences (including nursing and health professions)

  3. Social sciences (including business and economics)

  4. Visual and performing arts

These awards are open to all undergraduate students who meet the eligibility requirements stated below.  Each awardee will receive $250 and will have a summary of his or her accomplishments published in the Undergraduate Research Journal.

Guidelines and Application Procedures