Undergraduate Presentation Award

Undergraduate Presentation Awards (UPA) awards are sponsored by the Office for the Advancement of Research and Scholarship. Since 1998, the UPA program has provided partial financial support to over 450 Miami University students to present their research results at professional conferences and meetings.


Any Miami undergraduate student whose work is accepted for presentation at a conference and who will be enrolled as a undergraduate at the time of the presentation may apply. This work is expected to be the result of the student's independent research (or creative activity) under the guidance of a Miami University faculty mentor/advisor. In support of the UPA application, the mentor/advisor must provide a concise letter of recommendation. If the conference presentation involves work done jointly with others, the advisor's letter should confirm the student applicant made a primary contribution. Supporting conference acceptance materials should identify the student as a primary author.

Your application will be reviewed by Martha E. Weber, OARS Undergraduate Research Coordinator weberme@MiamiOH.edu. Applications will be evaluated and funding decisions made on a rolling basis. Resulting awards will be allotted on a first-come basis each semester.

Awards / Payment

Requests may be up to 50% of the projected expenses up to a maximum of $200. Actual award amounts may be less than these limits. If an award is granted, Miami's general accounting office will disburse the funds directly to the student around the time of the conference attendance. Unfortunately, travel advances are not available from this program. Students may only receive one award per academic year.