Faculty Advisors


URS faculty advisors must be:

  • Tenured or tenure-track faculty members at Texas A&M
  • Hold the title of instructor in a tenure-track appointment at Texas A&M
  • Hold non-tenure track appointments as Assistant, Associate, and Full Professors with modified titles such as research, adjunct, clinical, executive, instructional, senior, and visiting, AND must demonstrate significant contributions to scholarly research or creative work to be considered
A letter of recommendation from the department head addressing research qualifications is required for the non-tenure track positions listed above. Lecturers are not eligible to be URS faculty mentors, however, Lecturers may serve as secondary mentors with eligible URS faculty members as primary advisors.

Visit the Dean of Faculties website for guidelines on faculty titles.

LAUNCH: Undergraduate Research prefers that faculty advisors and students are present on campus during the course of the program, but we have had faculty successfully mentor students while on sabbatical, on a research trip, etc. Another option is to co-mentor with one faculty member present on main campus and the other advising remotely from a TAMU system campus or outside institution.

Above all, we want to make sure that both students and faculty advisors are comfortable with each other’s availability and access to resources during that time. Please read our policy on students attending study abroad above.

Yes. However, you and your faculty co-advisors must decide who will be responsible for approving your application and final thesis through the online system. The system only allows one person.
 
No. However, you and your Texas A&M faculty advisor must maintain regular communication throughout the two semesters of the program. Make sure that you and your faculty advisor have consulted all program and submission deadlines. No extensions will be granted without university-excused absences.
 

The Undergraduate Research Scholars Thesis is a high-impact practice and requires active participation from the faculty advisor.

First, faculty are required to review and approve the URS proposal in the Scholars Thesis Submittal System (STSS) and agree to advise the student for the entire academic year (fall/spring).

Second, faculty advisors are required to review and accept all written content before approving the student’s final thesis and embargo selection in the Scholars Thesis Submittal System (STSS).

Faculty advisors do not submit installments or progress reports on behalf of their students.

Faculty advisors are also expected to:

  • Meet regularly with students
  • Discuss benchmarks
  • Guide students to effectively meet challenges
  • Expose students to research cultures and norms
  • Offer continuous feedback on research and writing skills
  • Advise students on public presentations, both venues and style
  • Teach students about ethical and professional behavior in research
  • Guide students through the process of obtaining research compliance approval (if necessary)
  • Maintain standards for learning outcomes that align with the QEP
  • Discuss potential research credit through 491 (0-3 credits) courses
  • Encourage students to submit to Explorations: the Texas A&M Undergraduate Journal and apply to the Undergraduate Research Ambassadors program.
  • Encourage students to apply to National Fellowships
No, the URS does not fund students in the program. The URS program has limited travel awards and poster vouchers available exclusively for students accepted into the URS program to fulfill the public presentation requirement.

However, if you are currently funding students or have students being funded in other areas you can still advise these students on a URS thesis.
 
This is a high-impact practice recognized by Texas A&M’s QEP. Be sure to highlight your mentoring activities with students on your annual reviews, and make your department chair and college aware of your involvement in undergraduate research activities. Remember you can even invite your students to assist with grant writing, attend conferences, and co-author publications with you.