Undergraduate Research Scholar Program
- Prospective Scholars 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 program. However, the Honors College reserves the right to limit the number of Scholars per college, department, or mentor.
- The program is a two semester commitment, with a mandatory paper or poster presentation at the TTU Undergraduate Research Conference. Summer extensions may be awarded to students who performed well in the program throughout the school year.
- Scholars 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 URS Coordinator.
- Scholars may apply for additional funding in consequent years.
- In addition, the following guidelines are
in effect for all Scholars:
- May not simultaneously receive course credit and URS funds for the same research.
- Earn an hourly stipend and may not be paid for than 20 hours per week.
- May elect to receive course credit in their home department in lieu of payment.
- Maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.25 or better and be enrolled for 12 credit hours in both fall and spring semesters.
- Covered by worker’s compensation in the event of a job-related injury, but are not eligible for paid vacation, sick leave or other University benefits such as health insurance.
- 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 are not to ask Scholars 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 field.
- Faculty Mentors are asked to verify all hours worked by their Scholars 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 Scholars.
- The Program provides an hourly wage to the Scholar; Faculty Mentors should provide money for any extraneous costs, such as research supplies or equipment.
URS during Summer Sessions and Winter Break
- Scholars working in the summer do not need to be enrolled in classes and may not work more than 20 hours per week
- Scholars must apply for summer funding of research.
- All summer research occurs on the TTU campus and Faculty Mentors must provide guidance and supervision.
- In general, Scholars are not allowed to
continue research during the winter break. Written appeals
justifying the need to work must be received by the URS
Coordinator during the first week of December for consideration.
For more information or to request an application, contact Lori Lightfoot, the Honors College Undergraduate Research Coordinator.