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ORCA grants are awarded to students whose proposals possess exceptional potential to make a difference. In order to participate, students must work under the direction of a mentor. We encourage faculty members to support students in their research endeavors and help them through the application process.

Application procedures may be reviewed at:  ORCAs

Deadlines for the 2015-2016 academic year:

  • Aug 31 – Application period begins
  • Oct 29 – Student application deadline
  • Nov 5 – Mentor endorsement deadline
  • Dec 4 – ORCA reviews due from colleges
  • Feb 4 – ORCAs announced
  • Feb 25 – ORCA checks available
  • Aug 31 – Final reports due for students who graduated in April, June or August
  • Dec 31 – Final reports due for everyone else