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Research Funding

Academic Initiatives administers two funds to support student research and partnerships.

Gene & Susan Lucas Undergraduate Research Fund

The Gene and Susan Lucas Undergraduate Research Fund was
created to help first-generation undergraduate students get hands-on
research experience. The fund provides money so that students can be
paid for their research work.

The Gene and Susan Lucas Undergraduate Research Fund was established as
part of the Office of Academic Initiatives to support research projects
of undergraduate, first-generation college students at UC Santa Barbara
in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics
Freshmen and first-year transfer student participants will be funded up
to $1,000 towards on-site work experience in a research environment,
including laboratory or field work. To honor Professor Lucas’s
exceptional publishing history and his support and advocacy for the
dissemination of research, such as Open Access protocols, the fund will
also support students’ efforts to publish the results of their
scientific research.

More information and application...

To make a gift to the Gene and Susan Lucas Research Fund, download a gift form and the  Gene and Susan Lucas Undergraduate Research Fund brochure here. ONLINE gifts to the fund may be made at:

Please contact Catherine Boyer by email or phone for more information: (805) 893-5037.


 The Kennedy/Graves Award

The Kennedy/Graves award supports undergraduate and graduate students in
any academic discipline who are doing research that pertains to Black
Studies. The award also recognizes engaged scholarship that promotes
social justice and progressive education in our communities.

The Kennedy/Graves Award was given for the first time in  Spring 2013 to
two UCSB Barbara students Yoel Y. Haile was selected for  the
undergraduate award. Shardé M. Davis was selected for the graduate 
award.  Both students were selected for their extraordinary
academic engagement and activism reflecting the spirit of Dr. Shirley 

More information and application ...