Office of Research Search

Undergraduate Research Grants

Haris Vakil presented his research on ketamine treatment to judge Mandy Maguire. His poster became one of the finalists for BBS in the 2014 Undergraduate Research Poster Contest.

Goals of the Program

The University of Texas at Dallas strongly encourages student engagement in the research work of the University. 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.

Scholar Awards

Undergraduate Research Scholar Awards are made for a single semester and are awarded by the Vice President for Research. Funds are limited, and awards are made on a competitive basis. The award consists of a cash stipend of $500 paid to the student, 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.

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.

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

How to Apply

Grant applications for the 2014-2015 competition will be accepted from August 25 to September 26, 2014 (5PM).

To apply, visit reSearch Explorer Beta. After logging in with your UTD NetID and password, you will be able to complete your application online and submit it electronically 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.

If, due to server difficulties, you are unable to submit your Undergraduate Research application through the Research Explorer website, you may send your final application via email to, copying your faculty advisor, by 5pm on Friday and still be considered for the grant. Emails that arrive after 5pm will not be considered. If you are a faculty advisor and cannot approve your student’s applications because of the server error, rest assured that it is the submission of the final application, and not your approval, that is due Sept. 26 at 5pm. While we will not accept changes to the application after 5pm, we will accept your approving the online application through 5pm on Monday, September 29.