Texas Tech University


  • Undergraduate Research Scholars
  • Program (URS)


URS application for
Fall 2024 - Spring 2025

URS Application


(How to apply to URS  ~  How to become a URS Faculty Mentor)



The Undergraduate Research Scholars (URS) program offers Day 1 paid research to any Honors undergraduate student-- from all majors-- by partnering students with research active faculty at the TTU and TTUHSC campuses. Honors students can follow their passions, delve more deeply into their field, or try a new academic pursuit through a formal mentoring relationship with faculty.


URS is a two-semester (or longer) commitment. The program begins September 1 and culminates in the spring with a mandatory presentation in the TTU Undergraduate Research Conference.


  • Applicant must be a member of the Honors College to apply to the URS program.

  • Prospective Scholars must be enrolled and in good standing with the Honors College.

  • Students are expected to find a faculty mentor with whom to perform research. (Become a Faculty URS Mentor)

  • Students from any discipline are eligible to apply to the URS program.

  • Any full-time TTU or TTUHSC faculty member is eligible to be a mentor.

  • Students may research during academic breaks and summer semesters with approval from the URS Director.

General Information

  • Scholars earn an hourly stipend of $10.00 an hour, for no more than 10 hours a week.

  • Scholars may elect to receive course credit in their home departments in lieu of payment.

  • Scholars may NOT simultaneously receive course credit and URS funding for the same research.

  • Worker's compensation is provided in the event of a job-related injury but Scholars are not eligible for paid vacation, sick leave or other University benefits such as health insurance.

  • Scholars must submit accurate timesheets to meet payroll deadlines, A timesheet is a legal document and subject to audit. Timesheets must be submitted both online and to the URS coordinator.

  • Scholars are expected to engage in research, not routine tasks such as cleaning lab equipment or filing.

Helpful Links


URS Application 2023

Application Process Steps

Finding a Mentor

Become a URS Mentor

Questions (FAQ)