Provost’s Undergraduate Research Awards

The Provost’s Undergraduate Research Award (PURA) offers Johns Hopkins undergraduates the opportunity to conduct research, design, entrepreneurship, scholarship and artistic endeavors over an academic year with the help of a $3000 fellowship as well as the opportunity to present their work at a campus wide event (DREAMS). PURA was established in 1993 with the belief that encouraging undergraduates to engage in research activities enhances the learning experience and helps to develop investigative skills. An average of 46 awards are given per year.

PURA projects are designed and driven by the student under the mentorship of a JHU sponsor. Projects are encouraged in all fields and divisions across the university – from economics to cancer research; environmental engineering to musical composition; short film to international health; product design to entrepreneurship. In addition to presenting annually on campus, past PURA awardees have presented at national conferences, published their work, applied for patents, started companies, given performances and more.

All Johns Hopkins undergraduate students at the Krieger School of Arts & Sciences, the Peabody Institute, and the Whiting School of Engineering must meet the following criteria:

  • All awardees are REQUIRED to present at and attend DREAMS held annually in April.  Exceptions will be made on a case by case basis, at the discretion of the Hopkins Office for Undergraduate Research (HOUR).
  • An awardee will receive a financial award of $3,000. This funding may be used to (but not limited to) offset research expenses and supplies; cover living expenses; payment to volunteers; travel for research; conference fees and travel; final poster.
  • A student may only receive a PURA award one (1) time during their undergraduate career at JHU. Qualified undergraduate students may apply as often as possible until such time that they receive an award or leave JHU.
  • The PURA award is an individual award and cannot be divided among a team of students. Should a group be researching as a team they must apply individually with their personal proposal focusing on their specific research perspective.
  • Performance, composition, film and media studies, classics and other non-traditional proposals/ creative endeavors are received just as enthusiastically as traditional “research” submissions.

Applications are accepted one time per year, usually in mid-October. Awards are typically announced in mid-November. 

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