Salient Features of Undergraduate Research Fellowship
- Prospective Fellows must be enrolled and
in good standing with the Honors College. Any full-time
TTU or TTUHSC faculty member is eligible to be a Mentor
- Students and faculty from any discipline
are eligible to apply for the URF program. However, the
Honors College reserves the right to limit the number of Fellows
per college, department, or mentor.
- The Fellowship season begins in
mid-September and generally end after the spring annual
Undergraduate Research Conference. Summer
extensions may be awarded to students who performed well in
the program throughout the school year.
- Fellows and faculty mentors must be on
the Lubbock campus for both the fall and spring semesters.
- Depending on availability, funds for
conference travel may be awarded. Check with
- Fellows are not guaranteed continued
funding after one season, but they can apply for additional
- In addition, the following guidelines are
in effect for all fellows:
- Earn an hourly stipend and may not be paid for than 20
hours per week.
- Maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.25 or better and be
enrolled for 12 credit hours in both fall and spring semesters.
- May not simultaneously receive course credit and URF funds
for the same research.
- Covered by worker’s compensation in the event of a job-related
injury, but are not eligible for paid vacation or University benefits
such as health insurance.
Fellows are expected to:
- Submit accurate timesheets to meet
payroll deadlines. A timesheet is a legal document and
subject to audit.
- Participate in TTU Undergraduate Research
Conference held each spring semester by presenting their
research in either a poster or paper presentation, whichever is
appropriate to their field.
- Engage in research, not routine tasks
such as cleaning lab equipment or filing.
- While it is recognized that research
experiences will have some routine elements, faculty mentors do
not ask Fellows to engage in primarily “go-fer” work or
housekeeping tasks, such as cleaning lab equipment or filing.
- Faculty mentors must provide appropriate
safety and responsible conduct in research training for the
- Mentors are asked to verify all hours
worked by their Fellows and help meet timesheet deadlines.
- Faculty Mentors receiving grant money for
their research are asked to supply one-half of the funding for
their student Fellows.
- The Fellowship provides an hourly wage to
the Fellow; faculty mentors should provide money for any
extraneous costs, such as research supplies or equipment.
URF during Summer and School Breaks
- Fellows working in the summer do not need
to be enrolled in classes and may not work more than 20 hours
- Only current Fellows may apply for
Fellowship funds for summer work, after completing one
Fellowship season (runs from mid-September to Undergraduate
- All summer research occurs on the TTU campus and
Mentors must provide guidance and supervision. Maximum
time of the fellowship is first day of class of Summer I to
last day of class of Summer II.
- In general, fellows are not allowed to
continue research during the winter break. Written appeals
justifying the need to work must be received by the URF
Coordinator during the first week of December for consideration.