Program Troubleshooting

Yes. You and your faculty advisor need to identify the most appropriate venue for you to present your work. This cannot be a presentation within your own department or to one of your classes. Appropriate venues include regional professional meetings, national or international conferences, or other presentation venues at Texas A&M University that occur prior to the URS thesis program's public presentation report deadline.

Students at Texas A&M University at Galveston can present their research at the Student Research Symposium. Qatar and Dental Hygiene students need to consult with their faculty advisors and LAUNCH: Undergraduate Research staff.

Common reasons include:

  • You have failed to complete Part 1 of the application.
  • You did not provide a detailed timeline that incorporates URS thesis program deadlines and/or the timeline is not appropriate for the scope of your project.
  • The proposal lacks a project summary.
  • Your proposal is missing a research question that will produce new and original work.
  • The objectives/goals of the research are not clear. WHY are you doing this? What do you intend to learn? If successful, how will this work move your field forward?
  • You did not complete the Research Compliance Acknowledgement page on Part 2 of the Application.
  • You did not complete the COVID-19 Contingency Plan page on Part 2 of the Application.
  • The methods/theoretical framework section is missing, vague, or unclear.
  • The research proposed is based on developing a critical technique or procedure, or having access to an uncommon piece of equipment, but does not address what you will do if the technique or procedure fails or if equipment is not available.
  • The proposal does not include in-text citations from the primary literature to support your justification, approach, or procedures, or it lacks a References/Bibliography/Works Cited section accurately citing these primary sources.
  • The proposal needs proofreading for grammatical, typographical, or has formatting errors.

The URS thesis program follows university policy for absences and missed Installments, Progress and Presentation Reports, and Mandatory Events. Students must provide a university-excused absence. See student rules at

Note on Thesis Installment Revision Deadlines: Students are required to return revisions to installment submissions within 72 hours of receiving a Needs Corrections notice unless otherwise specified by the thesis reviewer. Should a student fail to meet a revisions deadline, he/she/they must contact LAUNCH: UGR and submit the revised installment to eCampus within 72 hours. Failure to meet revisions deadlines thereafter without documentation of a university- excused absence will result in the student’s removal from the URS thesis program.

Visit for a list of university-excused absences. Be aware that if you are using the URS thesis program to fulfill degree or honors requirements, you will must adhere to all program deadlines or submit documentation of university-excused absences to continue in the program.