Texas Tech University

Program in Inquiry and Investigative Thinking: Pi2

desk with lab equipment, reads: are you interested in undergraduate research?

The undergraduate research experience as a scholar in the Program in Inquiry and Investigative Thinking Pi2, represents a method through which students can initiate a partnership with Texas Tech University and work towards breakthroughs and improved understanding in science, engineering and the human condition. We urge you to consider this option and enrich your education.

How Does the Program Work?

Pi2 scholars will be enrolled in a course that will run for the fall and spring terms of the freshman year. Scholars will belong to one of five cohorts (Arts, Cultures, Music and Social Sciences; Engineering and Process Sciences: Meeting Humanity's Challenges in the 21st Century; Mathematical and Physical Sciences; Health and Environmental Sciences: How to Address Human Health Concerns in an Interconnected Age; Genetics, Molecular Biology, And Natural Sciences: Life Sciences in the 21st Century) and remain in the same cohort for the first year.

Scholars will advance into faculty research laboratories in their second (sophomore) year and may continue through the fourth (senior) year.

What Are Some of the Benefits of Being a Pi2 Scholar?

  • You will work with a faculty mentor as part of your cohort.
  • You get to learn and understand the process of investigation and inquiry.
  • You will begin to understand what research compliance, ethics and safety entail.
  • You will be part of a growing community of scholars worldwide.
  • You will begin to communicate in the "language of research".
  • You will be part of the global enterprise of discovery.
  • You will be part of the process of uncovering information and generating new products and information.
  • You will be able to discuss your research and perhaps even publish the work with your mentor.
  • You will make a contribution to the future.
  • Pi2 scholars get paid hourly from the second year forward or may receive academic credit.

How Can I Get Involved to Become a Pi2 Scholar?

The application for this program is available.

The deadline for receipt of applications is March 15, 2017.

Notifications will be made on or before April 20, 2017.


Lori Lightfoot