Texas Tech University

Undergraduate Research Scholars

Knowledge will forever govern ignorance. And a people who mean to be their own governours must arm themselves with the power that knowledge gives.

President James Madison, 1782.

A report by the National Research Council of the National Academies, “Research Universities and the Future of America” makes a clear and vibrant call for unfettered research at universities in our nation. It is at the universities through education and research, where major breakthroughs and improved understanding in science, engineering and the human condition have been forged. The undergraduate research experience represents a mechanism through which our students can initiate their partnership in this endeavor. I urge you to consider this option that our college and university provides for you to enrich their education.

Undergraduate Research Scholars (URS) is an application only program open to students who are members in good standing of the Honors College. The URS program pays Honors College undergraduate students to perform research with a faculty mentor on both the TTU and TTUHSC campuses, in any field or discipline.


  • URS is a two-semester commitment, beginning in the fall semester and culminating in the student's participation in the TTU Undergraduate Research Conference.
  • Students earn $8.00 an hour for up to 10 hours a week.
  • Students may elect to receive course credit in their home department instead of payment.
  • Students must be enrolled full time (exceptions will be considered on a case by case basis) and be in good standing in the Honors College.

For more information please contact URS administrator Lori Lightfoot.

Please see Mentor Responsibilities