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. 

In 2017, YSEA established the DEAN KYLE VANDERLICK RESEARCH GRANT in grateful recognition of her legacy in establishing the Yale School of Engineering and Applied Science as a bridge between the sciences and the humanities on the Yale campus and beyond. This grant will be available annually to Yale science & engineering undergraduates who demonstrate the values that Dean Vanderlick has exemplified throughout her tenure at SEAS.

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.

2016-2017 Grant Recipients

Individual Research Grants

Student Description Website Report
Steven Pan Identify and define the features of the MG autoantibody-producing B cell antibody repertoire    
Mindy Le Determining the role of the POLD3 subunit of the human DNA polymerase delta complex and its interactions with DNA repair proteins in break-induced replication (BIR)    
Hudson Lee Enhancing Tunability of Decellularized Constructs with Matrix-Coupled Electrospun Scaffolds    
Kevin Nguyen Disparities in the Surgical Management of Clinical T1a Small Renal Masses    
Mahima Kumara Generate a stable isotope record across a deep sea core capturing the global climate history of the last 65 million years to examine the relationship between climate change and weathering in the fossil record    

Group Grants

Group Description Website Report
Evan Hass/YUAA Hybrid Rocket Project Team Hybrid Rocket Fuel Engine Project http://yaleaerospace.com/hybrid-rocket/  
Kevin (Qian) Liang/Turbojet Engine Project Team Turbojet Engine Project http://yaleaerospace.com/turbojet-engine/  
Samuel Rapowitz/Bulldogs Racing Team Design, construct & race an all-electric formula car http://bulldogsracing.com/  

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