Undergraduate Research Scholars (thesis)


The Undergraduate Research Scholars (URS) thesis program seeks to provide eligible undergraduates with a graduate student experience by allowing them to participate in research and communicate their findings as principal authors to the University's scholarly community.


Undergraduates who participate in the Undergraduate Research Scholars program will ultimately:

  • Produce a written undergraduate thesis to be published in the Undergraduate Research Scholars Capstone Collection in the Texas A&M OAKTrust Repository
  • Make a public presentation
  • Earn a university-level honors transcript distinction along with a URS medallion as official graduation regalia
  • Acquire knowledge beyond the classroom
  • Gain a better understanding of graduate school
  • Improve their chances for acceptance into graduate or professional schools, fellowships, and grants
  • Develop a professional network of students and faculty

To apply for the Undergraduate Research Scholars program, students must:

  • Be actively involved in an independent undergraduate research project throughout both the fall and spring semesters under the mentorship of a Texas A&M faculty member
  • Have completed at least 60 credit hours (junior status) of undergraduate course work
  • Have at least 24 credit hours at Texas A&M University (12 hours if transfer student)
  • Have and maintain a cumulative GPR of at least 3.0
  • Be expecting to graduate May 2021 or later 

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URS Thesis Styles:
Traditional Style (5 Templates) or Journal Style (2 Templates)

Traditional Style Thesis Journal Style Thesis
(5 available templates:
STEM, Liberal Arts/ Humanities,
Creative Works, Dental Hygiene, or LaTeX)
(2 available templates:
IMRAD or Customizable)
Preliminary Pages (must be in the order seen below)
All-inclusive Title Page (required) All-inclusive Title Page (required)
All-inclusive Research Compliance Certification (required) All-inclusive Research Compliance Certification (required)
All-inclusive Table of Contents (required) All-inclusive Table of Contents (required)
All-inclusive Abstract (required) All-inclusive Abstract (required)
All-inclusive Dedication (optional) All-inclusive Dedication (optional)
All-inclusive Acknowledgements (required) All-inclusive Acknowledgements (required)
All-inclusive Nomenclature (optional) All-inclusive Nomenclature (optional)
Thesis Content (must be in the order seen below)
All-inclusive Introduction All-inclusive Introduction with References subheading
Multiple Body Chapters/Sections Minimum 1 Manuscript (can be multiple)
with individual References subheadings per Manuscript
All-inclusive Conclusion All-inclusive Conclusion
All-inclusive References Chapter/Section -
Optional Supplemental Content
All-inclusive Appendix(ces) (optional) All-inclusive Appendix(ces) (optional)