Student Research Support

The Department of Religious Studies provides generous support for undergraduate and graduate student research.

The department awards a $400 stipend to Religious Studies majors and minors who present a poster at the UI Undergraduate Research Festival.

The department offers a research-assistant course (RELS 4940) in which undergraduate students can work closely with a faculty member to gain valuable research experience.

We also make available a large number of scholarships:

  • Schoen Interfaith Scholarship
  • Rev. Louis P. Penningroth Scholarship
  • Alice Lampe Heidel and John B. Heidel Award
  • Karl Hoffman Scholarship
  • Pres. & Mrs. Eugene Gilmore Scholarship  
  • John P. Boyle Award in Catholic Studies  
  • Barbara W. and Rex Montgomery Religious Studies Award
  • E. P. Adler Award
  • Helen Goldstein Undergraduate Research Paper
  • Robert and Mary Ann Small Stenger Religious Studies Scholarship
  • M. Willard Lampe Scholarship
  • Dr. Michelene Pesantubbee Religion and Social Justice Award 

The department also provides generous support for graduate students, including support for travel and summer research

2024 Spring Undergraduate Research Festival (SURF)

April 3, 2024 | Old Capital Town Center

Proposals due March 22, 2024

Religious Studies Majors & Minors, present your research at the festival and receive a $400 research award.

See Robin in 314 GILH or email for information.