• Student Use Fund

    The student use fund is available to assist YSU undergraduate and graduate students with travel fares to participate in national competitions, performances, or conferences to present posters or to serve as invited speakers. Funding can cover any travel. This includes hotel, car rental/fuel, flight, or conference registration. Funding will not cover meal reimbursement.


    • Award Amounts: $200-$300
    • One award per year
    • For group projects, a maximum of 2 students will be funded
    • Applications are reviewed on a first-come, first-serve basis


    Must be a currently enrolled student in a degree program at YSU. If the conference is in the summer, registration for the following fall semester is required at the time of the request to be eligible. 

    Application Process:

    Complete the application. Requests must be made prior to travel. Applications, and proof of presentation acceptance or participation in competition or performance, should be sent to research@ysu.edu.

    Student Use Fund Application

  • Student Small Grant Program

    The Student Small Grant (SSG) program is a competitive program designed to enrich the research, scholarship and creative arts projects experience of undergraduate and graduate students at Youngstown State University.

    Selected students will receive a $5,000 award to work on their project(s) with their faculty or staff mentor(s) between May 15, 2024 and May 15, 2025.  

    Who should apply?

    Interested and motivated undergraduate or graduate students who are:

    • Enrolled in a degree program as a full-time student at YSU during the 2024-2025 academic year
    • In good academic standing with the University.
    • Working on a project under the guidance of a faculty or staff mentor.

    When to apply?

    • Application Deadline: February 29, 2024
    • Expected Award Date: April 30, 2024
    • Project Period: May 15, 2024 – May 15, 2025

    How to apply?

    Complete the application form and send to research@ysu.edu by 5 pm on February 29, 2024. The application requires a project description, a personal statement, and a statement of support/reference from your faculty or staff mentor(s).

    Student Small Grant Application

    What are the requirements?

    Students who receive an award from the Student Small Grant Program will be REQUIRED to complete/participate in the following:

    • Satisfactorily complete applicable research training (IRB, Lab Safety training,…)
    • Present either an oral or a poster presentation at QUEST
    • Write a final report
    • Participate in an evaluation by their faculty/staff Mentor

    Other Frequently Asked Questions

    Can the funds be used for travel or supplies?
    • No, the SSGP funds are to be used for student wages and fringes for the student applicant.

    How long will the funds be available?

    • Funds can be used until May 15, 2025 or until they are exhausted and as long as you are full-time student during the 2024-2025 academic year.

    Who will review my application?

    • SSGP applications are reviewed and winners are chosen by the University Research Council (URC). 

    Who will approve my timesheet?

    • The faculty or staff mentor will be the financial manager of the award, approving student timesheets.

    What happens if I need more funds?

    • When SSGP funds are close to being exhausted, the faculty or staff mentor will be contacted to either provide a new FOAP or to terminate the student employment.

    The SSG program is supported by the Office of Research Services and the Youngstown State University Foundation.


    QUEST is a unique University-sponsored forum for undergraduate and graduate students that functions with the same protocols of any professional conference or meeting. It is an opportunity for student to

    • Present scholarship to the community
    • Share achievements and creations
    • Hone conference presentation skills
    • Receive University recognition for accomplishments.

    To learn more about QUEST or how to participate, visit https://ysu.edu/quest. We will be using the Fourwaves abstract submission system for registration and abstract submission.

  • VW Starr History Across the Humanities Conference (HATH)

    HATH is an interdisciplinary undergraduate and graduate student research conference sponsored by the Alpha Gamma Beta chapter of the Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society and the YSU Department of Humanities and Social Sciences. HATH welcomes paper and panel presentations from students in all fields on topics related to the humanities. It also features professionalization workshops to allow students to explore career opportunities in the humanities.

    To learn more about HATH or how to participate, visit https://ysu.edu/history-across-the-humanities