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 advisors, however, Lecturers may serve as secondary advisors 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 Texas A&M University 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.
*Note: Due to COVID-19, some students and/or faculty may need or choose to conduct research virtually.