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Provost's Undergraduate Research Fund

The Provost's Undergraduate Research Fund (PURF) provides awards from $100 to $1,500 to support the research and creative activity of undergraduate students on Ohio University's Athens and regional campuses. The funds may be used for direct expenses related to the conduct of research and creative activity, including supplies, materials, and travel. They also may be used to attend conferences to present research or creative activity.


Recipients of PURF awards share their research or creative project with the Ohio University community at the Research and Creative Activity Expo held in spring semester.


The 2014-2015 PURF application deadline is September 26, 2014. For other undergraduate funding options, click here.

Application and Guidelines, 2014-2015

Download the current application and guidelines.

Funded PURF Projects, 2013-14

Read about last year's projects in Inquiry, PURF edition, a magazine produced by Honors Tutorial College English, journalism, and studio art majors. 


Successful Applications from Previous Competitions

(Note: The samples include the answers to questions 1 through 8.)

Sample from Arts and Humanities Selection Committee

Sample from Business, Communication, Education, and Social Science Committee

Sample from Engineering, Health, Math, and Science Committee

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