David O. McKay School of Education

Research Support

Mentored Research Conference

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 4:00-5:30 pm Ballroom, WSC

Registration deadline is March 9, 2015.

The conference is held each year to showcase research undergraduate and graduate students are doing with a McKay School faculty member. Presentations are poster style.

All students are invited to participate. Each student who participates is given funding to produce a high quality color printed poster.


Three awards will be given at the graduate level and three at the undergraduate level:

                    Student      Faculty

  • 1st place   $500        $500
  • 2nd place  $300        $300
  • 3rd place   $200        $200

Those participating in the contest must submit a pdf of their poster to citessec@byu.edu by 11:59 PM March 16, 2015

Students Required to Participate

The following required participants from the McKay School are the minimum. In addition each department has a set of requirements. Please contact your department for additional information.

  •  Students who are being funded for work on research projects (MSE, ORCA, MEG, MUR
  • Students who are being funded as research assistant
  • Master's, education specialist, and doctoral students who are not being paid for their research but are required by their departments to participate

Registration Form

Judging Criteria

Poster Guidelines

Official Mckay School Logo Link

Official BYU Logo Link

Poster Examples

Example 1

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Example 3 

Example 4

MSE Internal Research Grant Opportunities

The David O. McKay School of Education (MSE) provides multiple grant opportunities to faculty and students. The MSE works with other units on campus, such as Graduate Studies and the Office of Research and Creative Activities, to provide research awards. Several other research grants available through BYU are listed below under Important Dates and Deadlines. 

Internal Research Grant Opportunities Calendar

Submission Date
Funding Source
Other Information
Oct. 23, 2014 Mentoring Environments Grant (MEG) competition for faculty Up to $20,000 awarded; approximately 100 proposals selected
Information and application on MEG website
Awards announced December 29, 2014
Oct. 31, 2014 Mentored Undergraduate Researcher program (MUR) 300 hours of research assistance by an undergraduate student per year
Information and application on MUR website
Awards announced mid-November 2014
Oct. 30, 2014 Office of Research and Creative Activities (ORCA) undergraduate research awards (Student application with faculty member's agreement to mentor) $1,500 for student
$300 for mentor
Information and application on ORCA website
Awards  announced February 6, 2014
Fall Competition,
Nov. 14, 2014;

Spring Competition,
May 8, 2015 (If funds are available)

Aug 31, 2015
Dec 3, 2016

MSE Research Grant (MSE faculty) Guidelines
Proposal Template

Annual Report
Final Report

The annual competition will occur in the fall for funding to begin in the winter semester. Up to $20,000 will be funded for the first year and up to $20,000 for the second year. A separate competition may occur in the spring for funding to begin summer term for up to $10,000 for the first year and $20,000 for the second year.
Awards announced December 31, 2014

February 1, 2015 Graduate Studies Fellowship Award (graduate students only) Information and application on the Graduate Studies website

Student Researcher

Important Dates and Deadlines

At-a-glance lists are included in three linked documents:

These lists include dates and events related to the following:

  • MSE research grants and conferences
  • BYU grants, workshops, and conferences
  • Institutional Review Board due dates
  • Rank and status due dates
  • Graduate Studies grants and awards
  • Graduate Studies graduation deadlines

Mentoring Assistantships

The program of Graduate Studies Mentoring Assistantships is designed to provide graduate and undergraduate students with a non-research-related experience that enhances their education in ways that would otherwise not be possible. For example, graduate students might supervise undergraduate students participating in humanitarian work in a third-world country. The proposals are initiated by faculty. These awards are for $5,000, $10,000, or $15,000 for one year.

MSE Supported Conferences

McKay School of Education 3-Minute Thesis (3MT) Presentation Competition

Information on 3MT

Proposal deadline: Extended to January 16, 2015

Competition date: January 28, 2015

Time: 4:00-5:30 pm

Place: 115 MCKB (Auditorium)

Application process: Candidates for master's, education specialist, and doctoral degrees may download the application found here: 3MT Competitor Application. Submit your application electronically to Lynnette Christensen (lynnette_christensen@byu.edu) by the deadline. All applications will be reviewed by a committee of judges, and the top 12 applicants will be invited to present at the competition. Refreshments will be served.

MSE Awards:

  • 1st place  $500
  • 2nd place $300
  • 3rd place $200

BYU Competition: Individual BYU colleges hold their own competitions near the beginning of winter semester to select two competitors (per college) to advance to the university-wide competition, which will be held March 5, 2015 in the Varsity Theater.

BYU Awards:

  • 1st place $5,000
  • 2nd place $2,500
  • 3rd place $1,000
  • People’s Choice $1,000

Information on 3MT

3MT Competitor Application

3MT Presentation Examples:

Utah Conference on Undergraduate Research

Proposal deadline: November 16, 2014

Conference: February 27, 2015

Each year students and mentors from across Utah gather to share academic, research, and creative activities with oral presentations and posters. The 2015 conference will be hosted by Dixie State University.  BYU has chartered a bus to take students and faculty to the conference.

Information on UCUR 


Research Procedures and Information