Early Exploration Scholars Program

The Early Exploration Scholars Program with the Office of Undergraduate Research provides multiple $500 scholarships for the Fall 2024 semester. Students in the program will learn more about research and faculty mentorship opportunities at the University of Utah.  This scholarship has a preference for students with demonstrated financial need. Underrepresented students in their fields of interest are highly encouraged to apply.

If admited into the program students will be expected to: 

  • Attend an orientation at the start of the semester​
  • Attend one of the OUR research tours
  • Attend two education series event​s
  • Meet with at least one prospective research faculty mentor​
  • Submit end-of-semester form

To be eligible for the Early Exploration Scholars Program students must:

  • Be a University of Utah student completing their first 60 credits​
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Be seeking their first undergraduate degree.
  • Complete a FAFSA before the scholarship deadline. Students who are not eligible for FAFSA may reach out to Dannielle.Moriondo@utah.edu for more information.

Questions regarding this scholarship may be directed to Dannielle Moriondo – Dannielle.Moriondo@utah.edu

Questions regarding FAFSA may be directed to FinancialAid@utah.edu 



Supplemental Questions
  1. In 250 words or less, please describe why you are interested in exploring research opportunities at the University of Utah.
  2. Have you previously participated in a research project (excluding class assignments)?
  3. If yes, please share more about your experience.
    • Did someone help you with your research? (check all that apply)
    • Other/Additional information
    • What did you research?