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Undergraduate Research

Application Process

Undergraduate Research Application Process

Kate presents her research to Dr. Hamilton in Undergraduate Research Day 2014

Students are invited to engage in research, scholarship, and creative activity with faculty mentors through Undergraduate Research, for which they may receive academic credit. It is the aim of the program to: involve students in their own learning, develop teamwork and pride, enhance interdisciplinary learning, and share in the exhilaration of discovery.

The Application Process consists of a completed application form including description of research, bibliography, presentation/publication outlets, letters of support, and budget if applicable.

Undergraduate Research Application

Step 1. Student and faculty mentor design a research project. Projects using human or animal subjects MUST be reviewed and approved by the Human and Animal Subjects Research Committee (HASRC) prior to submission to the office of UR.

Step 2. Student prepares research proposal by completing application. Student may request funds to support research project through the submission of a detailed budget.

Step 3. Approval of undergraduate research projects rests with the Department Chairs. Students must include a statement of approval from the department chair.

Step 4. Student registers for UR 100, 200, 300, or 400 for 3-6 hours of credit or an appropriate discipline specific course agreed upon with the faculty mentor and pays tuition and applicable fees.

Step 5. Students should download the application, complete the application and email the application to their research advisor.  The advisor will then add their statement of support for the project and then forward the document to the departmental chair for approval. After these steps are completed, the completed application in pdf format can be sent to with the email subject “UR Application”. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.  Questions can be emailed to Dr. Cindy Tidwell at or Ms. Tonja Battle at

UR Project funding available:

Limited funds, not to exceed $250 per student, may be provided for expenses associated with the student’s project. Expenses may include, but are not limited to, supplies, equipment, travel to field sites or libraries, printing, and similar costs. These expenses must be directly incurred while carrying out the research. All equipment including books and software remain the property of the University. Each item must be listed in the detailed budget which is submitted with application and no “miscellaneous” items will be funded.

Summer student stipend:

In addition, limited funding is available to provide for student assistance during the summer only. Stipends, based on student time invested in the project, will be available as funding allows.

 Undergraduate Research Application Submission Dates


UR Applications needing IRB approval for Spring 2021 Projects due to HASRC October 12, 2020
Undergraduate Research Proposal for Spring 2021 Projects due by 5:00 p.m. (Summer and Fall 2021 applications can be submitted at this time as well.) November 13, 2020
UR Applications needing IRB approval for Summer and Fall 2021 Projects due to HASRC March 15, 2021

Undergraduate Research Proposal for Summer 2021 Projects due by 5:00 p.m. (with completed HASRC IRB Approval as needed)

Undergraduate Research Proposal for Fall 2021 Projects requiring HASRC approval due by 5:00 p.m. (with completed HASRC IRB Approval)

April 16, 2021
Undergraduate Research Proposal for Fall 2021 Projects not requiring HASRC approval due by 5:00 p.m. August 6, 2021