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Doctoral & Undergraduate Opportunities for Scholarships - DUOS

DUOS Program Description and Guidelines

DUOS is a student-based grant opportunity blending the energy and skills of doctoral and undergraduate students in the Philosophy Department in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (a sister program exists in the Psychology Department in the College of Science and Health). This program enables DePaul undergraduates to do research with the guidance of a doctoral student mentor. The project is overseen by a faculty sponsor (typically the graduate student’s dissertation director).  Applications are initiated by the doctoral student and subsequently confirmed by the undergraduate student. Application to the initiative is open to undergraduate students who have achieved junior status (at least 88 credit hours prior to application with a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or better) and doctoral students who have completed at least the first two years of the program in good standing.

The program has a dual focus, permitting undergraduate majors in the Philosophy Department to participate in research under the supervision of doctoral student mentors, readying them for future scholarship, and, at the same time, affording our doctoral students the opportunity to work closely with our department’s advanced undergraduate majors.  Six DUOS research collaborations can be funded every year. Each award consists of a $750 grant for each of the students involved.

Interested students, both undergraduate and graduate, should contact either their professors in the Philosophy Department or else the Directors of Undergraduate or Graduate Studies in order to find appropriate research partners. Once the students, with the support of a faculty member, have decided on a collaboration, they should begin work on the proposal.  The proposal should be written with the input of both students and should not exceed 1000 words. It should address the following:

  • the project's research goals
  • the preparation of the students for this research project.  This is particularly important for doctoral students who must show that they are prepared to act as mentors in this research
  • what the students stand to gain from this research
  • what sort of paper or final project will be produced
  • the research plan (frequency of meetings, etc.), explaining the feasibility of the project within the given timeframe

Once the proposal has been completed, the graduate student should initiate the application in the online system.  Applications must be completed by October 12th.  Applicants will be notified of the DUOS Committee’s decision by November 1st, and an orientation lunch for successful applicants will be held soon after. Research is to begin after the orientation, and a final research project must be submitted to the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Philosophy Department by June 15th.  Students may be part of only one DUOS research collaboration per academic year. While we welcome repeat applications, funding priority will be given to applicants who have not yet received an award.

If you have any questions please contact either the Director of Undergraduate Studies or the Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Philosophy.

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