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Awards for Research in Engineering and Science (ARES)

ARES applications for the 2015 fall semester are due September 25, 2015 and applications for the 2016 spring semester are due on February 19, 2016.

ARES application form

ARES project titles


The ARES Program includes the following elements:

A student must be a U.S. citizen enrolled as a full-time student at a Montana Space Grant Consortium campus.

A student and faculty mentor work as a team on a project. The project should go beyond what is taught in the classroom and be an honest research experience (no bottle-washing or lab-sweeping). Funding is for compensation of a student's time, not supplies, on a research project.

The student must complete an application form and write a 2-4 page proposal, including a project title, explanation of the problem to be studied and how that relates to NASA's mission, goals to be achieved, experimental approach, and references. Please include an estimate of how many hours you anticipate working on your project per week.

The faculty mentor must write a supporting letter, describing how the student will contribute to the research project, and indicating support for the proposal.

Student awards will be up to $800 per semester or $600 per quarter. The awards will be distributed as stipends in several installments (i.e., not all at the beginning, not all at the end).

A final report of at least 2 pages must be completed at the end of the term. Students must make a presentation about their research at the annual MSGC Student Research Symposium in Bozeman.

Since March 1999, the Montana Space Grant Consortium has made awards available to undergraduate students involved in research activities at smaller Montana campuses. Due to the success of the program at the other MSGC campuses, we are adding MSU-Bozeman, UM-Missoula, and Montana Tech funds to the pool for expanding ARES opportunities to those students starting this Fall.

Visit our Members page for further contact information for individual campus Space Grant Representatives.

If you are awarded ARES funding, you must complete the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training course, HERE.

MSU Bozeman Students

Go here to apply:

Ignore the posted deadlines on the USP site. The MSGC Deadline is September 25th.

Once you log in, select MSGC ARES program under Special Programs (screen shot example here). Provide a letter of reference from a faculty advisor and a research proposal that includes a project title, explanation of the problem to be studied, goals to be achieved, experimental approach, and references. The total number of pages should be two to four.

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