Privateer Undergraduate Research and Scholarly UNO Experience


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Email: cur@uno.edu


The UNO Center for Undergraduate Research is pleased to introduce P.U.R.S.U.E. (Privateer Undergraduate Research and Scholarly UNO Experience)

The goals of this program are two-fold.

1. Introduce all UNO undergraduate students to research opportunities: the search and discovery of new information through creative and scholarly works.

2. Provide the mechanisms for students to find faculty research mentors.


How To Apply

  • Review the mentor list to select your mentor choices.  (See Resources Box).
    Complete the submission form. (See Resources Box).



 Friday, August 18, 2017  Submissions open
 Friday, September 15, 2017  Submissions close (11:59 pm CST)
 Announcement of Winners made  end of November 2017
 Award period January 1, 2018 - December 31, 2018


  • Underclassmen (Freshmen & Sophomores):  Ten $1,000 awards in the form of student worker positions (paid at $10/hour; limit 10 hours/week)
  • Upperclassmen (Juniors & Seniors):  Ten $1,500 awards in the form of student worker positions (paid at $15/hour; limit 10 hours/week)
  • For both categories: Max of 100 hours paid.
  • Students will be encouraged to participate in InnovateUNO. Click here for details.



  • All currently enrolled UNO degree-seeking undergraduate students in all academic disciplines eligible.
  • Domestic and international students are eligible.
  • Students must identify a UNO faculty research mentor on the submission form.
  • Minimum cumulative G.P.A. 2.0  (minimum required to be hired as a student worker)
  • During the semesters employed, students must be enrolled at least half-time (6 hours during each Fall and Spring semester and three hours in the summer
  • You do not need to be eligible for federal work study to receive this award, however, the University of New Orleans requires all domestic student employees have a current, completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form on file with the University. The student will be reviewed for Federal Work-Study prior to being hired as a Budget student employee.
  • If you applied for a P.U.R.S.U.E. award previously and did not receive an award, you may reapply.
  • If you received an underclassman P.U.R.S.U.E. award previously, you areeligible to reapply for an upperclassman award..
  • Note: The award period for the upcoming year will be January 1, 2018 - December 31, 2018, so if you are graduating in December 2017, you will be ineligible.


2016 P.U.R.S.U.E. Award Winners

Name Faculty Mentor Discipline
Kailyn Bridwell Mohammad Kabir Hassan Accounting/Economics & Finance
Bianca Canizares Jerome Howard Biological Sciences
Jacob Frick Wendy Schluchter Biological Sciences
Logan Guillory Kim Jovanovich Electrical Engineering
Banan Ibrahim Irfan Ahmed Computer Science
Shakar Karki Ting Wang Mechanical Engineering
Reecha Khanal Minhaz Zibran Computer Science
James Lightell Marc Bonis Human Performance and Health Promotion
Nishan Rayamajhee Stephen Ware Computer Science
Sarah Sheppard Martin O'Connell Earth and Environmental Sciences
Nora Bloemer Mary Clancy Biological Sciences
Celena Chouest Sonia Rubens Psychology
Emily DiGiovanna Kim Jovanovich Physics/Electrical Engineering
Nailah Ellis Erik Hansen Film Arts
Gaurav Gyawali Steven Rick Physics/Math/Chemistry
Ahmad Karkoutli Joel Atallah Biological Sciences
Alexander Leigh D. Ryan Gray Anthropology
Lyndsey Nuebel David Beriss Anthropology
Winifred Unah Weilie Zhou Electrical Engineering
Halley Venn Sonia Rubens Psychology