Undergraduate Research Scholars (thesis)

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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 4/3/2020: The Vice President for Research at Texas A&M has provided guidance for faculty, staff, graduate students, and undergraduate students involved in research activity on their website. View the VPR's Official Guidance on Research During COVID-19.

On 3/31/2020, Governor Abbot issued Executive Order GA-14, which identifies essential services in the state:
On 4/2/2020, the VPR announced that Texas A&M University, TEES, and AgriLife Research created forms for research groups to identify essential personnel and request approval for essential research:

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 that didn’t come from a 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 2020 or later