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W. Scott and Mary Dell Chilton Undergraduate Research Award

We’re proud to offer our undergraduate students a unique research award opportunity. Rising sophomores, juniors or seniors with an interest in becoming involved in research with a faculty member in the Department of Plant and Microbial Biology (PMB) are eligible to apply for the W. Scott and Mary Dell Chilton Undergraduate Research Award.

Application deadline for 2021-2022 is April 4th.


  • The Chilton Undergraduate Research Foundation will furnish $1,500 in funds. 
  • Funds are available to awardees as an hourly stipend. The award must be used before the recipient graduates.
  • The award may not be used to purchase research supplies or equipment.
  • The award may be made for any two consecutive semesters, including summer semester. 
  • Under special circumstances, awards may be renewed for a second year. However, students must reapply each year.
  • The award may be divided among more than one recipient.


  • Rising sophomores, juniors or seniors interested in conducting research with a PMB faculty member
  • Students must have a department faculty member who has agreed to sponsor them
  • Students can be majors in any department, in any of the colleges at NC State


Application deadline is April 4th and interviews will be held the week of April 18th.

  • Interested students should contact a faculty member to discuss sponsorship and a possible project.
  • Once a faculty sponsor and project idea have been identified, applicants must complete and submit the following:
    • Write a short proposal on the project
    • Complete the Faculty Sponsor Form with faculty member
    • Complete the Chilton Application.
      The Google Form will require you to upload your research proposal and a signed copy of the Faculty Sponsor Form as PDF files before you can submit your application.
  • Incomplete applications and applications submitted after the deadline will not be reviewed.

If you have any issues completing the Google Form application, please reach out to Laura Tuning for assistance:

Laura Tuning
Gardner Hall 2214

Award Notification

We announce the recipient at the Spring Ice Cream Social on April 26th, 2022 (4:15pm).