David O. McKay School of Education

Research Support

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. 24, 2013 Mentoring Environments Grant (MEG) competition for faculty Up to $20,000 awarded; approximately 100 proposals selected

Information and application on MEG website

Awards announced late December 2013
Oct. 25, 2013 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 2013
Oct. 31, 2013 Office of Research and Creative Activities (ORCA) undergraduate research awards (student application with faculty member agreement to mentor) $1,500 for student

$300 for mentor

Information and application on ORCA website

Awards  announced in early February 2014
Fall Competition:
Nov. 13, 2014

Spring Competition:
June 5, 2014

Aug 31, 2015
Aug 31, 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 year one and up to $20,000 for year two. A separate competition may occur in the Spring for funding to begin Summer term, for up to $10,000 for year one and $20,000 for year two.
January 2014 Graduate Studies Fellowship Award (graduate students only) Information and application on the ORCA website

Student ResearcherMSE Supported Conferences

Mentored Research Conference

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

Registration deadline is March 2, 2015.

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

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


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 2, 2015

Who is required to participate?

The following requirements from the McKay School are the minimum. Each department has a set of requirements as well. Please contact your department for additional information.

Required Participants

1. Students who are being funded for work on research projects. (MSE, ORCA, MEG, MUR)

2. Students who are being funded as research assistants.

3. Masters, Educational Specialists, and Doctoral students who are not being paid for their research but their departments require their participation.

Registration Form

Judging Criteria

Poster Guidelines

Poster Examples

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

Information on 3MT

Proposal deadline: January 2015

Competition date: February 2015

Time: TBA

Place: TBA

Application process: Masters, Education Specialists, and Doctoral candidates may download the application found here: 3MT Competitor Application. Submit your application electronically to Lynnette Christensen at lynnette_christensen@byu.edu by the deadline. Competition process: All applications will be reviewed by a committee of judges. The top 12 applicants will be invited to present at the competition. Refreshments will be served.

MSE Awards include:

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 determine which two competitors (per college) will advance to the university-wide competition, which will be held February 26, 2014.

BYU Awards include:

1st place: $5,000

2nd place: $2,500

2nd place: $1,000

People’s Choice: $1,000

Information on 3MT

3MT Competitor Application

Utah Conference on Undergraduate Research

Each year students and mentors from across Utah gather to share academic, research, and creative activities with oral presentations and posters. BYU hosted the conference in 2014, and MSE students and their mentors are encouraged to participate.

Information on UCUR 

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

Research Procedures and Information