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Eligibility and Participation Requirements

Eligibility Requirements

To qualify for the Undergraduate Research Scholars program, students must:
  • have completed at least 60 credit hours of undergraduate course work
  • have at least 24 credit hours at Texas A&M University
  • have and maintain at least a cumulative GPR of 3.0
  • be currently involved or planning to start a suitable undergraduate project
  • be expecting to graduate May 2017* or later (for the 2016-2017 program cycle)
*Students must be in full participation throughout both fall and spring semesters of the program.

Participation Requirements

  1. Have an independent research project.
    To participate in this program, you must be actively involved in (or have very recently completed) an independent research project under the guidance of a faculty member at Texas A&M University. Faculty mentors make this program tick—they’re the experts and our content controllers. Students are expected to consistently meet with faculty mentors throughout the program to review theses (especially before submission deadlines). Does your project involve humans, vertebrate animals or biohazards? Research involving humans, vertebrate animals or biosafety hazards must receive research compliance approval from the appropriate committee. See Compliance information below.
  2. Produce a written undergraduate thesis.
    The bulk of this program is the production of a thesis that follows the formatting outlined in the Undergraduate Research Scholars Thesis Manual. Upon completion of the program, theses are deposited into the Texas A&M University OAK Trust Digital Repository under the Undergraduate Research Scholars theses collection. Check out past Undergraduate Research Scholars theses at oaktrust.tamu.edu.
    Students submit draft theses throughout the duration of the program, ending with the final thesis submission in April. There are four main thesis deadlines other than the submission of a research proposal or abstract.
  3. Present your research publicly.
    All Undergraduate Research Scholars are required to present their research publicly to the scholarly community at a collegiate symposium or national conference. Opportunities to present on-campus include the Undergraduate Research Expo in the fall and Student Research Week in the spring.
  4. Attend all mandatory events and meet all deadlines.
    Orientation and Welcome, Thesis Formatting Workshops, Citation Software Workshops, etc. Draft submissions, progress reports, public presentation form, final thesis, etc.

Recommended Coursework

Enrollment in research credit hours is not required for participation in the Undergraduate Research Scholars program. However, Undergraduate Research Scholars are strongly encouraged to enroll in research credit classes (e.g., 485, 491, 497) in their faculty research advisor’s department to gain official transcript recognition for research activities. If you need to know if you have been accepted into the Undergraduate Research Scholars program before you enroll for 491 research hours in the fall semester, you must submit your Scholars application before August 15 to assure adequate time for approval prior to the end of fall course enrollment (the 5th class day of the semester).

Research Teams Writing a Common Thesis

Team participants must meet the same requirements as individual Scholars. Each team should be composed of 2-5 students working together on a single project, writing a common thesis, under a single faculty advisor. Information on how to apply as a team can be found on the How to Apply page.

Research Compliance

Approvals from campus compliance committees may be required for your project. Your approval must be in place before you begin collecting data for your research project:
  • Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval for human subjects research (including conducting surveys and interviews)
  • Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) approval for research involving vertebrate animals
  • Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) for research involving biohazardous materials or infectious agents
For more information about compliance approval, visit Research Compliance and Biosafety or contact the appropriate compliance commitee:
Ready to apply? Visit our How to Apply page for application instructions. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact program staff at ugr@tamu.edu.