Hooper Undergraduate Research Award


The intent of the Hooper Undergraduate Research Award (HURA) is to encourage greater participation of undergraduate students from all disciplines in research, scholarly, and creative activities supervised by a faculty mentor.


You must:

  • be a full-time undergraduate in good standing both at the time of application and during the semester(s) in which the project is funded (academic program requests for an exception may be considered)
  • be enrolled for both the fall and spring semesters of the award year (no December graduates)


  • The maximum award is $3,500.
  • HURA recipients must register for at least one hour of academic credit in undergraduate research, independent study, field work, or another appropriate course every semester that they receive HURA funding, including summer session II, if applicable.
  • Compensation for student personnel is $10/hour.

Application process

The 2016-17 HURA application portfolios will be accepted beginning February 1, 2016. 

The deadline for submitting proposals is 11:59 pm, Tuesday, March 1, 2016.

Proposal Development Information Session for HURA Grants (optional)

If you’re interested in applying to the HURA program, you are strongly encouraged—but not required—to attend a proposal preparation information session. We offer a HURA proposal preparation COURS module in an online course available on Blackboard Learn. 

The module is available between November 23, 2015 and February 28, 2016.

If you are interested in learning more about proposal preparation, please email us at ug-research@nau.edu and provide us with your user ID. Once received, we will manually add you to the course.

Program guidelines and application instructions

You should thoroughly review the information found in the HURA Request for Proposals (RFP) and understand all application requirements. [NOTE: Incorrect RFP opens in Firefox; use another browser such as Chrome or MS Outlook.]  If you are proposing a project that involves human subjects, please be sure to pay critical attention to the IRB special instructions.

The student’s application portfolio, including the faculty mentor recommendation, is submitted using a two-step email process.  

  1. Student downloads 2016-17 application forms (see below) and saves these to his/her computer
  2. Student creates a single Word document that includes the cover sheet, project description/narrative, timeline, resume(s), and budget with justification.
  3. Student sends this completed Word document and a PDF of his/her current transcript to the faculty mentor.
  4. Faculty mentor reviews the application, completes the faculty mentor recommendation section of the application, and saves the document as a PDF.
  5. Faculty mentor forwards the application portfolio (the proposal PDF and the current unofficial transcript PDF) to ug-research@nau.edu with "HURA Application" in the subject line.

It is the responsibility of the student applicant to send all materials to the faculty mentor in sufficient time so that the mentor can complete their review and recommendation prior to the deadline.

Application forms

The 2016-17 application forms below should be downloaded and saved to your computer. The Application and Budget forms must be combined into a single MS Word document for the mentor's review.  The faculty mentor will then complete the recommendation section of the Cover Sheet and save the proposal as a PDF.   

If formatting becomes problematic on the application template, the form protection (it is not password-protected) may be removed as follows: In Word, on the Review tab, click on Protect Document, then “Restrict Formatting and Editing.”  Then click on “stop protection.”  No need to put protection back on, as it will be saved as a PDF prior to submission.

For 2015-16 Grant Recipients: HURA Interim Report due 11/30/15

Recent awards

Browse through our recently funded projects from academic years 2009-2016. 

Katelynn Jenkins
Katelynn Jenkins, with co-researcher Michael Johnson, study aspen regeneration and stand dynamics on the Schultz Fire, Coconino National Forest, with funded by a 2012-13 HURA grant.