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Undergraduate Research Scholar Program

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The purpose of the TTU/HHMI Undergraduate Research Program is to encourage undergraduate students interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) research careers to begin participation in research early in their academic careers, and to provide those students with a long-term, realistic research experience.

Program Description

TTU/HHMI Undergraduate Research Scholars work in various departments at TTU, TTUHSC, TIEHH, USDA-ARS laboratory, and other STEM labs across the university. Scholars are paid hourly and can work a maximum average of 29 hours a week. They also have access to the resources and technology in the Undergraduate Student Center in the Biology building. In addition, Scholars gain the opportunity to participate in CISER events. 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 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 research supervisor who should describe the applicant’s abilities relative to the potential success of a URS. Students interested in short-term and less committed undergraduate research efforts should pursue one of the many programs that provide those opportunities.

The Scholar application prosess 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.

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