YSEA Undergraduate Grants

YSEA Undergraduate Grants are intended to fund a finite project or project phase that has specific objectives and can be completed within a predetermined time-frame. Grant recipients are selected based on technical merit, learning potential and available funds. The application process for individual and group grants has four required elements:

  1. 1-2 page abstract of the grant proposal
  2. Itemized budget
  3. Letter of support from a faculty advisor
  4. Contact information for the department administrator to whom grant funds are to be sent.

The abstract should include detail on the specific deliverables associated with the project scope, methods to be used in developing and validating project deliverables and other goals for the scope of work to be funded. Each grant is intended to fund a single project with a clear indication of expenses for which the YSEA Grant funds will be used. The abstract should also provide an overview of project participants including students, advisors and any outside resources.

The budget contains an itemized bill of materials for required equipment, supplies and other expenses needed to complete the project or experiment prior to the start of the next academic year. Details on the source(s) of any additional funding needed to complete the project or experiment will allow the Grants Committee to confirm viability of project scope and deliverables. Note that YSEA grant funding is not provided for teaching, travel or general purpose equipment like computers or software.

Grant recipients are asked to submit a report at the conclusion of the project. We generally ask that these submittals be suitable for publication in the Yale Scientific Magazine or the YSEA web site. Note that eligibility for future grant funding is contingent on receipt of a summary at the conclusion of the project for each grant received.

To apply for a YSEA grant (individual or group) please contact the YSEA undergraduate grants committee at Grants@YSEA.org.

2015-2016 Grant Recipients

Individual Research Grants

Student Description Web site Report
Benjamin Lerude Application Sensing for Music: An Investigation into the Artificial Intelligence Behind Music Streaming    
Kevin Nguyen Mechanisms of EXO1 and MRN in DNA Resection and Homologous Recombination    

Group Grants

Group Description Web site Report
Bulldogs racing team Design, construct & race a hybrid formula car http://bulldogsracing.com/  
YUAA CubeSat Team Develop a miniaturized satellite capable of one way laser communication http://yaleaerospace.com/team/  PDF
High-Performance UAV team Design, construct, and fly an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that is optimized for efficient flight http://yaleaerospace.com/team/  PDF

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