How To Apply

Grant applications for the 2016-2017 competition will be accepted from August 22 to September 28, 2016 (5PM).

To apply, visit reSearch Explorer Beta. Log in with your UTD NetID and password, to complete your application online and submit it to your Faculty Advisor for approval.

Faculty Advisors will log in using links received in submission emails to approve the application. Contact Beth Keithly with questions.

Undergraduate Research Poster Awards Competition

Poster presentations are a highlight of the competition.

Application FAQs

Grant applications for the 2016-2017 competition will be accepted from August 22 to September 28, 2016 (5PM).

Q: Does my faculty adviser need to approve my application before the deadline?
A: Yes. If for some reason that is impossible, contact Beth Keithly before the deadline to discuss your situation.

Q: Will the Office of Research assign me a faculty adviser?
A: No. It is up to the applicant to find a faculty adviser.

Q: What should be included in my application description?
A: You should focus on the goals of your research and how you plan to achieve those goals. If your research is part of a larger project, you need to make it clear what your piece of that project is.

Q: Does the 500-word limit include references?
A: Yes. Keep in mind, your application should focus more on what you are going to do rather than what has already been done. This limits the need for references.

Q: My application has special symbols that don’t work in the text box. What should I do?
A: You can attach a .pdf with your project description. Type “Please see the attached” in the text box and attach your application.

Q: What is the significance of the Project Start date?
A: It helps the reviewers understand the level of detail in the proposal. If the project has not started yet, the application will have less current information than one that began several months before.

Q: Why does the application ask for a Project End date?
A: It gives the reviewers an idea of the size of the project. If you are not sure how long the project will take, make an estimate and use that for your end date. Please note that starting in 2016, you may not submit an application for a project that is already completed. 

About The Program

UGRA Poster Finals

Andrew Torck, junior in neuroscience, presents his machine learning research on drugs targeting pain.

Undergraduate Research Scholar Awards are a one-time competitive award made by the Vice President for Research. There are no restrictions on the nature of the research – it can be in any field. However, the research must be on a serious, credible topic of inquiry, and there must be a faculty supervisor for the project.

The award consists of a cash stipend of $500 paid to the student (one payment upon notification of receiving the grant and one payment at the Spring poster contest), as well as an award of $300 transferred to a University account controlled by the faculty sponsor to support the research project (e.g., laboratory equipment, project travel, etc.) or related activities. Cash stipends paid to students are subject to deductions for required taxes.

At the end of the Spring semester, recipients of this grant display their results in the Undergraduate Research Poster Contest and earn a chance to win additional prizes.

Program Goals

Recent winner Justin Miller presents his project to judges.

Recent winner Justin Miller presents his project to judges.

Undergraduate students benefit by learning how to solve unique intellectual challenges in a structured and supervised university research environment. Undergraduate research scholars will often interact with graduate students, faculty members, and other members of a research team. Students benefit not only in terms of advancing their knowledge of the research topic, but also by developing valuable and sophisticated skills in self-discovery and inquiry. Students also benefit by getting to know faculty and senior research staff who can provide the student with career guidance and references.

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