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Undergraduate Research Scholar Program

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The purpose of the CISER Undergraduate Research Program is to encourage undergraduate students interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) to be engaged in an authentic research experience.

Program Description

CISER Undergraduate Research Scholars (URS) work in various departments at TTU, TTUHSC, TIEHH, USDA-ARS laboratory, and other STEM labs across the university system and local community. Once accepted to the program, Scholars participate in CISER events through the TTU/HHMI Scholar Service Organization (SSO) @ CISER. Service events include the Hike for Health, Scholar Research Forum, TTU Research Carnival and more! The Scholars also enjoy annual research retreats to the TTU Junction Campus and Roaring Springs Ranch Club. Eligible Scholars can apply for various research and travel scholarships and partial salary support depending on availability of funds and scholarship opportunities. They also have access to the resources and technology in the Undergraduate Research Student Center in the Biology building.

Note: The program does not provide room and board during the summer or academic year. It does not pay tuition and fees. The award does not qualify a student for in-state tuition.


To be eligible for this program, students must: 1) be a full-time undergraduate students in good academic standing; 2) be interested in research and service in the STEM disciplines; 3) be either an American citizen or permanent resident, or, in the case of foreign nationals, hold a visa allowing her/him to work in this country; 4) be committed to a long-term research experience, and be able and willing to maintain a serious and ongoing commitment to their research project during the academic year; and 5) have worked on a research project for at least 3 months and have a recommendation/evaluation from their faculty research mentor or supervisor who should describe the applicant’s abilities relative to the potential success of  to be eligible for scholarship support.

The URS application is open year round, and applicants are interviewed when Scholar positions become available. If selected and pending satisfactory progress, Scholars may be renewed for each subsequent year, until graduation.

Questions? Contact Julie Isom, Associate Director of Research @ CISER

DISCLAIMER: Texas Tech University is committed to the principle that in no aspect of its programs shall there be differences in the treatment of persons because of race, creed, national origin, age, sex or disability, and that equal opportunity and access to facilities shall be available to all.