Undergraduate Research Organizations & Programs
Scholar Service Research Organization (SSO)
Supported by the Center for the integration of STEM Education & Research (CISER), the CISER Scholar Service Organization (SSO) is an officially recognized student organization that serves as the organizing entity for the social and service activities of the CISER Scholars. The group meets regularly to plan events, which includes involvement with K-12 schools, tutoring their fellow students, and opportunities for research presentations. The SSO meetings provide an opportunity for scholars to discuss their research projects, educational experiences, and other issues related to undergraduate research and science education.
Texas Tech University Honors College
Texas Tech University Honors College has a variety of undergraduate research opportunities for its honors students. A complete list can be found here.
Plains Bridges Program
The Plains Bridges to the Baccalaureate (PBB) Program is a partnership between South Plains College (SPC) and Texas Tech University (TTU) funded by the National Institutes of Health. PBB is a multi-faceted program for students from underrepresented groups interested in science and who plan to start their college career at South Plains College. The program aims to help these students succeed in higher education and to help them make a smooth, successful transition to a four-year institution, such as Texas Tech University.
The PPB Program provides activities and services to help SPC students succeed in college, transfer to a four-year university, and continue their education in the biological/biomedical sciences. Examples of activities include workshops focused on time management, study strategies and careers in science, undergraduate research, and travel to a national scientific conference.
SACNAS is a society of scientists dedicated to fostering the success of Hispanic/Chicano and Native American scientists—from college students to professionals—in attaining advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership.
SACNAS is a national society with a 37-year history of supporting minority scientists and science students. The society is comprised of over 3,000 paid members along with more than 20,000 affiliates and partners from a diversity of disciplines, institutions, ethnic backgrounds, and levels along the educational trajectory. SACNAS members are dedicated to giving back through mentorship, peer networks, and professional development, and to engaging in science research and leadership of the highest caliber. The organization and its members and affiliates are committed to encouraging minority students and scientists to advance to their utmost capability.