New Freshman Undergraduate Research, Scholarly and Creative Activity Scholarship

Admitted new freshman students are invited to apply for New Freshman URSCA Scholarships. These competitive $1,000 scholarships are awarded to students interested in exploring an area of academic interest in greater depth outside of their regular classes. The scholarships are for a student's first year only and are paid out in $500 increments at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters. Through regular weekly contact with faculty mentors and other, more experienced students working in that area, recipients will have the opportunity to begin pursuing their scholarly interests in their first year at UW-Platteville. Recipients will be expected to present their accomplishments on campus by the end of their first year.

Students selected for the URSCA scholarship will have the opportunity to work in one of the areas below. Applicants will have to list their top 3 choices in order of preference. Every effort will be made to place recipients with a faculty mentor working in the recipients first or second choice area. 

  • 1. Multiphysics optical sensors (Mechanical Engineering)
    2. Energy harvesting with smart materials (Mechanical Engineering)
    3. Aging farmers (Industrial Engineering)
    4. Using light to make new potential drug molecules (Chemistry)
    5. Computer "Web" that tangles the world (Computer Science/Software Engineering)
    6. Creating medical devices from recycled plastics (Mechanical Engineering)
    7. 3D printing (Mechanical Engineering)
    8. STEM visualization using AR/VR (Electrical Engineering/Computer Engineering)
    9. Temperature response of a heater system to periodic heating (Mechanical Engineering)
    10. Carbon nanomaterial electronics (Engineering Physics)
    11. Motivations of College Students to Attend Lectures (Civil Engineering/Environmental Engineering)
    12. The link between equal employment opportunity and diversity in the workplace (Business)
    13. The impacts of COVID-19 on employee onboarding (Business)
    14. Ecological studies towards the conservation of clustered poppy-mallow, a rare WI prairie plant (Biology)
    15. Margin management strategies for Wisconsin dairies (Agriculture/Business)
    16. Reproduction in dairy and beef animals (Animal Science)
    17. Prototype your life: exploring entrepreneurship mindset to develop success traits (Business)
    18. Stem cell research (Biology)
    19. Disease detection in dairy cattle (Biology)
    20. Life on spacecraft - literally (Biology)
    21. Dairy cow nutrition, metabolic health and management (Agriculture)
    22. Utilization of non-thermal technology in dairy processing (Agriculture)
    23. Understanding impacts on S. Wisconsin's dairy farms and rural communities (Sociology)
    24. Roosting behavior of turkey vultures (Environmental Science)
    25. Rurally responsive critically place-based program - evaluation of UW-Platteville's School of Education (Education)
    26. History of science and technology in Europe (History)
    27. Genetic analyses of legume-rhizobia symbiosis (Agriculture)
    28. Biotechnology for Sustainable Plant Disease Management (Agriculture)
    29. Effect of crop management practices on soil microbes (Agriculture)
    30. Soil microbes to boost crop growth (Agriculture)

Apply for the New Freshman URSCA Scholarship

Applicants need to apply through the UW-Platteville scholarship opportunities portal. Applicants can find the scholarship by searching for the term "URSCA."

Applicants will need to prepare answers to these three questions.

  • Please describe why you selected the topic (or topics) of most interest.  What interests you in those areas and/or what specific research questions might you be interested in exploring? Please limit your responses to no more than 200 words.
  • Research and other scholarly activity requires persistence in order to be successful. Please describe a time where you had to persist and overcome a significant challenge as it relates to academics. Please limit your response to no more than 200 words.
  • What are your career goals? How do you see the work you might do in your first year with a faculty mentor contributing to your future success? Please limit your response to no more than 200 words.

Applications are due by February 1, 2022 at 5 p.m. Central Time.