Undergraduate Research Scholars (thesis)

The 2022-2023 application will open in summer 2022.

Attend an Upcoming Informational Session

Interested in writing an undergraduate research thesis? Attend one of our Informational Sessions to find out how to apply to the 2022-2023 URS thesis program! Sessions scheduled for April 8 and April 22. Registration required.


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 2023 or later 

Worried about COVID-19 restrictions or disruptions?
Do you plan to submit to a professional research journal?

Check out the Journal Style Thesis with 2 Templates Available 

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URS Thesis Styles at a Glance: Traditional Style (5 templates) and Journal Style (2 templates)
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Traditional Style Thesis

Journal Style Thesis

Preliminary Pages (must be in the order seen below)
Research Compliance Certification
Table of Contents
Thesis Content (must be in the order seen below)
Body Structure
(varies by template)
Multiple Body Chapters or Sections Required Minimum 1 Medium-length Manuscript Required
Multiple Short-length Manuscripts Required
References All-inclusive References
Section Required
Individual References Subheading per Manuscript Required
Optional Supplemental Content
*Creative Artifact Section Required for Creative Works Template Users.