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Faculty-Undergraduate Student Engagement (FUSE)

FUSE grants are designed to support undergraduate students' intellectual development by fostering active engagement in the areas of research, creative and scholarly activities, and/or artistic performances.

All undergraduate students in good academic standing who will reach at least sophomore status at the time of award may apply. FUSE is well-suited for sophomore and junior level undergraduates. 


A copy of the Fall 2019 FUSE application can be found here . If you require a Word version of the application, it can be found here.
Students who wish to be considered for an exception on credit hour eligibility should talk with their mentor and ask their mentor to email fuse@wku.edu for eligibility exception consideration. 


Program Overview


The Fall 2019 round of FUSE will begin May 15, 2019 and end December 11, 2020. Please read the complete application very carefully. 


What type of projects are eligible?

All areas of research, creative activity, and artistic performance are eligible. Projects must be student- initiated, although the initial concept can originate from the faculty mentor.

 A standard FUSE award package includes:

  • Up to $3,000 that can be used after the award start date (no Pre Award spending will be approved).
  • Allowable expenses include the following:
    • project-related expenses (including travel needed to carry out research)
    • student to travel to a conference to present
    • travel for the faculty mentor to accompany the student to that conference
    • Funds can only be used to support the awarded student(s) listed in the FUSE application.
  • Scholarship for tuition for the one-hour course (if the course results in an increase in tuition)
  • $500 awarded to the student upon successful completion of the project
 An International FUSE award package includes:
  • The standard FUSE award package as described above
  • Up to $1,000 of supplemental funding awarded to the student to support international activities
What is expected of an awardee? 
(further details will be provided upon award)
  • Students must take a one-hour research course “UC 400: Mentored Research Experience” during the semester in which they receive the award (coursework is the FUSE project itself)
  • Students must to present/participate during WKU’s annual REACH week.
  • Student must present a poster/talk, or stage a performance/exhibit, at a national or regional conference, or other venue appropriate to the nature of the work
  • Faculty member should submit publication(s), with appropriate authorship, based on the work
  • Student are encouraged to attend an Office of Scholar Development workshop and discuss external scholarship options
A copy of the Reviewer Scoring Rubric can be found here
Take a look at the FUSE Award recipients for Fall 2018 here
Take a look at the newest FUSE Award recipients for Spring 2019 here



 For Existing FUSE Awardees:

Guidelines for Spending FUSE Funds

WKU Student International Travel Registry

Final Report Form



For further information or questions, contact fuse@wku.edu




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 Last Modified 3/1/19