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Updated on 08/24/2020: NEW University SAP 15.99.99.M0.04, Responsible Conduct for Research Training Required

NEW University SAP 15.99.99.M0.04, Responsible Conduct for Research was recently approved. This SAP establishes University requirements for the training of students and postdoctoral researchers involved in University-related research, regardless of funding.

Those who will be impacted include:
  • Undergraduate students:  any undergraduate student who participates in research must complete online RCR training within 60 days from their initial involvement in the research activity. 
  • Graduate students:  depending on the type of research activity, graduate students must complete online RCR training within 60 days from commencement of the research activity and four hours of face-to-face training within the first six months of involvement with externally funded research.
  • Postdoctoral researchers:  all must complete online RCR training within 60 days of employment, and complete an additional four hours of fact-to-face training within the first six months of employment.

Updated on 08/11/2020: VPR's Research Status and Plans Entering the Fall Semester

Undergraduate researchers are permitted for the fall 2020 semester with adherence to safety protocols and training per the guidance issued on July 21, 2020.

If the introduction of new researchers, whether undergraduate or graduate, cannot be accommodated within approved occupancy and social distancing constraints, PIs must submit revised plans for approval. Note that training of new researchers may be difficult while maintaining social distancing. It is essential that all parties wear appropriate PPE and minimize close contact in such cases.

See the full statement on the VPR's COVID-19 Webpage.
Updated on 7/21/2020: In-person Undergraduate Resarch Guidelines from the Office of the Provost

As part of planning for the fall 2020 term, the following guidance is provided for in-person undergraduate research. This guidance applies to all undergraduate research activities including, but not limited to, credit-bearing research experiences, paid employment on a research project, paid lab-based student workers, organized undergraduate research programs, and research-oriented volunteer activities.
  • Research projects that students can complete remotely are exempt from these guidelines.
  • Unless previously approved prior to the start of the summer 2020 term, no undergraduate students may begin credit-bearing experiences  or new paid research positions prior to the start of the fall 2020 term.
  • Research supervisors wishing to host undergraduate researchers or student workers in research positions in fall 2020 must provide their department head with a document describing:
    • COVID-related safety measures ongoing in the research space including face covering, cleaning, physical distancing, and other measures as appropriate; the addition of undergraduate students in the research space must accommodate 6 ft physical distancing.
    • All research-specific safety training (COVID- and facility/space-related) that undergraduate students will be required to complete prior to initiation of research activities.
Research supervisors who choose not to host undergraduate researchers for credit-bearing experiences should refer students to their academic advisor for any related adjustments to the student’s fall course schedule.
Updated on 6/8/2020: On June 8, 2020, Vice President for Research Mark A. Barteau issued Plans for Resumption of Clinical and Human Participant Research, Education, and Service Activities.
Updated on 5/20/2020: On May 20, 2020, Vice President for Research Mark A. Barteau released Guidance on Graduate Student and Undergraduate Student Researchers as Texas A&M University prepared to implement its Plan for Resuming Research Operations.
Updated on 5/5/2020: Students who are required to complete undergraduate research as part of their degree plans for graduation should seek guidance from their departments and colleges regarding interruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Updated on 4/13/2020: The LAUNCH Recognition Ceremony has been postponed and will be rescheduled at a time that coincides with the May 2020 graduation ceremonies. LAUNCH will distribute Honors Fellows and Undergraduate Research Scholars medallions at the rescheduled LAUNCH Recognition Ceremony and May 2020 graduation ceremonies when those take place. We are not mailing graduation regalia.

Updated on 3/15/2020: Effective Thursday, March 19, 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic LAUNCH is moving all appointments, meetings, courses, and programming online. No face to face meetings will be accepted and Henderson Hall will be locked. Please contact LAUNCH staff via email.

An inquiry or investigation conducted by an undergraduate student that makes an original intellectual or creative contribution to the discipline.

The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR)

Why Do Undergraduate Research?

Undergraduate research embodies the high-impact practices of the University's Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), Aggies Commit to Learning for a Lifetime.

How To Get Started

Ways To Do Undergraduate Research

  • Research course credit (291 or 491 courses)
  • Research methods and inquiry-based classes
  • Student worker positions
  • Study abroad and field courses
  • Summer undergraduate research experiences
  • Internships
  • Join a research lab, team, or institute
  • Design a unique project under faculty mentorship

LAUNCH: UGR Flagship Programs
for Undergraduate Researchers

Undergraduate Research Scholars (thesis)

Write and present an undergraduate thesis under faculty guidance as a team or an individual.

Explorations: The Texas A&M Undergraduate Journal

Serve as a leader on the editorial board or design team. Publish undergraduate research in a refereed venue.

Undergraduate Research Ambassadors

Lead, network, inspire, and interact with future undergraduate researchers, their faculty mentors, donors, and alumni.

Get Involved with LAUNCH: UGR

  • Undergraduate Research Expo
  • Summer Undergraduate Research Poster Session
  • Getting Started in Research Workshops
  • Undergraduate Research Scholars Informational Sessions
  • Mentoring Undergraduate Researchers: A Workshop for Graduate Students
  • LAUNCH Undergraduate Research Scholars (URS) Symposium

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