Generously funded by the Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust
The University of New Orleans offers two flagship programs that introduce undergraduate students to research opportunities:
- Privateer Undergraduate Research & Scholarly UNO Experience (PURSUE)—open to all disciplines
- College of Sciences Undergraduate Research Program (CoSURP)—open to science majors
Through these programs, undergraduates are awarded student worker positions with UNO faculty members. As these programs are generously funded in part by the Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust, undergraduate students who receive these positions are known as "Tolmas Scholars."
Goals of PURSUE and CoSURP
- Introduce all UNO undergraduate students to research and creative inquiry: the search and discovery of new information through creative and scholarly works.
- Provide the mechanisms for students to find faculty mentors.
If you have any questions, email the Center for Undergraduate Research & Creativity at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tolmas Scholars are awarded student worker positions paying $15 per hour at a maximum of 10 hours per week. Students begin working in the spring semester and are expected to participate in InnovateUNO in the fall semester following their initial award.
PURSUE awards allow for up to 100 paid hours of scholarly work starting in the spring semester.
CoSURP awards allow for up to 100 paid hours of scholarly work in the spring semester and another 100 hours in the fall.
How To Apply
- Review the Eligibility Requirements listed below to ensure that you are eligible to apply.
- Review the list of mentors.
- Complete and submit an online application. The application period for the 2021 award year is now closed.
Note: A single application initiates consideration for both programs. However, only science majors are eligible for CoSURP awards. Only one award will be made per student.
All recipients will receive the title of "Tolmas Scholar."
|August 14, 2020||Application Period Opens
Submit an online application if you are interested in the Tolmas Scholars' programs!
|September 25, 2020||Application Period Closes
After this date, you can no longer apply to PURSUE or CoSURP.
- All currently-enrolled degree-seeking undergraduate students at UNO in all academic disciplines are eligible.
- Domestic and international students are eligible.
- Students must identify a UNO faculty research mentor on their application.
- Minimum cumulative GPA of 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. If employed during the summer for PURSUE, you do not have to be enrolled.
- UNO 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.
- Whether or not you qualify for federal work study has no bearing on your ability to be a Tolmas Scholar.
- If you applied for a PURSUE or CoSURP award previously and did not receive an award, you are eligible to reapply.
- If you received a PURSUE or CoSURP award previously, you are eligible to reapply.
- Note: The award period for the upcoming year will begin January 2, 2021, so if you are graduating in December 2020, you will be ineligible.
2020 Tolmas Scholars
PURSUE Award Winners
Name Faculty Mentor Wilbur Acharya Ting Wang Bradley Arthur Ting Wang Cory Ashby Robin Holtz Williams Olivia Bergeron Donald Zimmerman Forrest Blair Eric Van Holm Allyana Bradley D. Ryan Gray Kayla Briggs Brian Beabout Ian Carbo AbdulRahman Alsamman Luis Guilherme Cenci Ribeiro Christopher Summa Cody Christensen-Knowles Anthony Campbell Kielee Clement Steven Mumford Loandi Cruz Weilie Zhou Cory Darling Damon Smith Nanda Das Tamjidul Hoque Donald Davidson Martin O'Connell Ariane Dent Steven Mumford Austen Dooley Malay Ghose Hajra Lada Egorova L. Kalo Gow Jacob Fisher Gina Rosa Michael Galanti Juliette Ioup Srilasya Garigipaty Guillermo Rincon Ashleigh Gaude Kathy Rodriguez Annie Griffin Tracey Knaus Hadeel Hammad M. Kabir Hassan Lainey Harlow Brandon Wright Adler Nathan Harris Juliette Ioup Mckenzie Howell Steven Mumford Courtney Hull Elliott Beaton Paul Ineich Han Chen Sarah Johnson Mary Ann Davis Dana Karkoutli Joel Atallah Mary Beth Kelly Eric Van Holm Cyrel King Mark Springfloat Anastassia Kosmopoulos Brandon Taravella Christopher Larson Phoebe Zito Cade Litolff Marc Bonis Magdalene Mailhes Dan Coby Shahar Aimee Marker-Katz David Beriss Cydney Martin Joel Atallah Ethan May-Aguilar M. Kabir Hassan Conner McCready Brian Seeger Lena Messina Matthew Tarr Victoria Moore Francis Adeola Mikhail Morgan Weilie Zhou Melissa Morrissette Ann O'Hanlon John Parker J.P. Messina Rebekah Pearson Francis Adeola Dang Pham Benjamin Samuel Pooja Pun Phani Vadrevu Tyler Ramsey Sarah Black Julia Robe Juliette Ioup / Kendal Leftwich Miyra Rosa Malay Ghose Hajra Jonathan Ross Damon Smith Anna Rusnak Joel Atallah Anna Russell Malay Ghose Hajra Miles Saunders Jake Monaghan Nikolas Saylor Brandon Taravella Erica Scanlan Bridget Bordelon Spencer Shaw Anthony Campbell Qizhou Sun Vincent Xiaochang Yu William Velez Anna Mecugni Rahul Vishwakarma Dimitrios Charalampidis Mason Willis L. Kalo Gow Zenobia Zeno Ariya Martin
CoSURP Award Winners
Name Faculty Mentor Paola Angel Christopher Harshaw Katelyn Bossier Elliott Beaton Anish Chand Phani Vadrevu Jeremy Chung Benjamin Samuel Michael Connick Wendy Schluchter Kelly Constance Mark Trudell Jared Garcia Mark Kulp Evan Stewart Hunt Christopher Summa Wingate Jones Seyyed Navid Salehy Megan Keen Phoebe Zito James Keen Juliette Ioup Fletcher Mack Wendy Schluchter Melissa Martino Tracey Knaus Mariah McGowan Sarah Black Sylvia Mullen Barney Rees Bennett Price Martin O'Connell Hala Raslan Tamjidul Hoque Breanna Roberts Zhengchang Liu Zariah Ross Nicola Anthony Troy Sbisa David Podgorski Sage Sigler Tumulesh Solanky Lainey Smith Viktor Poltavets Nichole Stevenson Joel Atallah Leah Tevis Robert Mahon Phat Vu Shaikh Arifuzzaman Jeniffer Zeron Matthew Tarr
2019 Tolmas Scholars
PURSUE Award Winners
Name Faculty Mentor Discipline Cory Ashby D. Ryan Gray Anthropology & Sociology Haley Bannon D. Ryan Gray Anthropology & Sociology Victor Barboza Pereira Ting Wang Mechanical Engineering Misty Begnaud D. Ryan Gray Anthropology & Sociology Simeon Benit Juliette Ioup Physics Leah Bordlee Steve Mumford Political Science Gracelyn Bowers Brandon Taravella Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering Bianca Canizares Joel Atallah Biological Sciences Marvin Bryant John Overton Film & Theatre Kielee Clement Michelle Thompson Planning & Urban Studies Wesley Cognevich Kendal Leftwich Physics Hallie Collopy Xiaochuan "Vincent" Yu Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering Chelsea Duplantis Mary Clancy Biological Sciences Meagan Ebanks Donald Zimmerman Management & Marketing Charles Escude Jeffrey Gray Electrical Engineering Gage Haas Jeffrey Gray Electrical Engineering Sheniyah Halliburton Francis Adeola Anthropology & Sociology Gaige Hargrave Steve Mumford Political Science Rachel Hayes Elyria Kemp Discipline Dylan Hunter Yotam Haber Music Patrick James Malay Ghose Hajra Civil & Environmental Engineering Candace Jerry Eliott Beaton Psychology Wingate Jones Linxiong Li Mathematics Dikshanta KC M. Kabir Hassan Economics & Finance Madeleine Koerner Xiaochuan "Vincent" Yu Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering Anastassia Kosmopoulos Brandon Taravella Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering Chloe Krake Gina Rosa Accounting Megan Kuckro Mary Clancy Biological Sciences Justin Livingston Laszlo Fulop Film & Theatre Abby Martin Steve Mumford Political Science Emily Martin Bernard Rees Biological Sciences Danielle Maurin Leszek Malkinski Physics Skyler McCrea D. Ryan Gray Anthropology & Sociology Jessy Mogren Steve Mumford Political Science Mikhail Morgan Weilie Zhou AMRI Harihar Ojha Gina Rosa Accounting Madison Owen Chris Surprenant History & Philosophy Vilma Anette Perez Villatoro Yotam Haber Music Nicholas Phillips Bethany Stich Planning & Urban Studies Hunter Protti Weilie Zhou AMRI Jourdan Puyau Xiaochuan "Vincent" Yu Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering Dorian Reardon David Beriss Anthropology & Sociology Miyra Rosa Malay Ghose Hajra Civil & Environmental Engineering Hannah Rubiano Malay Ghose Hajra Civil & Environmental Engineering Terrell Shields Phoebe Zito Chemistry Charles Thompson Tara Tolford UNOTI Victoria Tidwell Tara Tolford UNOTI Vinh Tran M. Kabir Hassan Economics & Finance Luis Velazquez Ting Wang Mechanical Engineering Jeniffer Zeron Matthew Tarr Chemistry
CoSURP Award Winners
Name Faculty Mentor Discipline Kelli Allen Elliott Beaton Psychology SydniCherise Austin Juliette Ioup Physics Brittany Bergeron Benjamin Samuel Computer Science Nicole Broussard Jairo Santanilla Mathematics Anish Chand Phani Vadrevu Computer Science Jacob Frick Wendy Schluchter Biological Sciences Rana Ghannam David Podgorski Chemistry Jason Hall Stephen Ware Computer Science Mina Hibino Matthew Tarr Chemistry Katherine Humpal David Podgorski Chemistry Dana Karkoutli Joel Atallah Biological Sciences Reecha Khanal Tamjidul Hoque Computer Science Jonathan Lewis Steven Rick Chemistry LePaul Love Christopher Summa Computer Science Danielle Mangipano Martin O'Connell Earth & Environmental Sciences Jordan Peralez Phani Vadrevu Computer Science Sanjiv Pradhanang Shaikh Arifuzzaman Computer Science Julia Robe Juliette Ioup Physics Anna Rusnak Joel Atallah Biological Sciences Matthew Shields Phoebe Zito Chemistry Dahlia Siprut Carla Penz Biological Sciences Veronica Spicer Tamjidul Hoque Computer Science Leah Tevis Robert Mahon Earth & Environmental Sciences Kirsten Turner Eliott Beaton Psychology Kourtney Weaver Wendy Schluchter Biological Sciences
2018 PURSUE Award Winners
Name Faculty Mentor Discipline SydniCherise Austin Juliette Ioup Physics Catalina Correa Contreras Erik Hansen Film Theatre Communications Art Kristopher Hoffman Hamp Overton Film Theatre Communications Art Tanee Janusz Martin O'Connell Earth and Environmental Sciences Daniel Jones D. Ryan Gray Anthropology Chloe Krake Donald Zimmerman Healthcare Management Lee Lagarde Stephen Ware Computer Science Claire Melancon Nicola Anthony Biological Sciences Julia Robe Mary Clancy Biological Sciences Kourtney Weaver Wendy Schluchter Biological Sciences
Name Faculty Mentor Discipline Shisir Acharya Mechanical Engineering Ting Wang Kelli Allen Elliot Beaton Psychology Joel Andrepont Tamjidul Hoque Computer Science Alana Bradley Chris Harshaw Psychology Prerak Chapagain Weilie Zhou Electrical Engineering/Mathematics Jacob Frick Wendy Schluchter Biological Sciences Srilasya Garigipaty Malay Ghose Hajra Civil and Environmental Engineering Mina Hibino Matthew Tarr Chemistry Jessica Lanzkowsky Chris Harshaw Biology/Psychology Ashraya Upadhyaya Guillermo Rincon Civil and Environmental Engineering