Office of Research Search

Undergraduate Research Grants

Application FAQs
Grant applications for the 2015-2016 competition will be accepted from August 17 to September 25, 2015 (5PM).

Q: Does my faculty advisor 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: 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: 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.

About The Program

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

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. end of the Spring semester, recipients of this grant have the opportunity to join in a poster competition to receive additional funds.

Recent winner Justin Miller presents his project to judges.

How to Apply

Grant applications for the 2015-2016 competition will be accepted from August 17 to September 25, 2015 (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.