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Eligibility and Participation Requirements

To qualify for this program, students must:

  • be currently involved or planning to start a suitable undergraduate research project under the mentorship of a Texas A&M faculty member
  • 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 a cumulative GPR of at least 3.0
  • be expecting to graduate May 2018 or later
Students are expected to 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, students 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 an undergraduate thesis that follows the formatting outlined in the Undergraduate Research Scholars Thesis Manual and program templates. Students submit draft thesis installments and progress reports throughout the duration of the program, ending with the final thesis submission in April. Upon completion of the program, theses are deposited into the Undergraduate Research Scholars Capstone Collection in the Texas A&M University OAK Trust Digital Repository. Check out past Undergraduate Research Scholars theses at oaktrust.tamu.edu.
  3. Present publicly.
    All Undergraduate Research Scholars are required to present their Undergraduate Research Scholars project 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. Presentations must be made during the course of the program, between October and April. Once the student makes a public presentation, they must submit a Presentation Report to receive credit for the presentation.
  4. Attend all mandatory events and meet all deadlines.
    The program kicks off with the mandatory Scholars Orientation in October, followed by mandatory workshops and assignments where students learn how to format theses, use thesis templates and utilize citation software. Additionally, there are three main installment and progress report deadlines, a public presentation report, and the final thesis submission.

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 during the summer to assure adequate time for approval prior to the end of fall course enrollment.

Research Teams Writing a Common Thesis

Team participants must meet the same requirements as individual Research Scholars. Each team should be composed of no more than 5 students working together on a single project, writing a common thesis, under a single faculty advisor. Teams must designate one student as the primary contact who will handle thesis installment submissions during the program. All team members must submit their own application/proposal, progress reports, presentation report, and final thesis. 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 committee:
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.