Texas Tech University

UR Project Funding

The Center for Transformative Undergraduate Experiences (TrUE) provides project funding to undergraduate students working on research under the guidance of a faculty mentor. To be eligible to receive funding, an undergraduate student must be conducting original research, scholarship, or creative activity under the mentorship of a faculty member.

Applications for undergraduate research (UR) project funding may be submitted in any amount, up to $1,000. Project funding must be used to pay the undergraduate researcher for time worked on their project.

Student smiling in front of their research poster

Funding is limited and will be awarded based on a competitive review process. Please review the sections regarding submission specifications, funding process, uses, and limitations, and review process and criteria prior to completing the application for funding below. Incomplete applications or applications that do not meet these specifications will not be considered.

Students will receive decision notifications regarding project funding applications by email once a review is completed by faculty and staff serving on the undergraduate research project funding selection committee. Funding will be allocated according to Texas Tech University and State of Texas regulations, and final approval of all committed funds will be left to the discretion of TrUE.

Submission specifications

  • All UR project funding applications must be written and submitted by the undergraduate student whom the application references. However, the faculty mentor can and should be involved in the process to provide guidance, financial information, an indication of their endorsement of the application, and a letter of support.
  • No more than $1000 in total project funding awards will be made to students from the same faculty mentor/research lab during each funding period.
  • No more than two projects from the same faculty mentor/research lab will be funded during each funding period. When more than two projects from a single faculty mentor/research lab are reviewed by the committee, only the top two projects have the potential to be funded.
  • A letter of support from the faculty mentor overseeing the UR project is required for all funding applications.
  • Supplemental documents should not be included when submitting UR project funding applications. Supplemental documents will not be considered during the review process.
  • Funded proposals may be shared (with personal identification information omitted) as a reference for applicants in following years.

Funding process, uses, and limitations

  • Applicants are only eligible to receive project funding once per academic year. If a student's initial proposal is not funded, they are eligible to resubmit during the following funding cycle.
  • Funding amounts vary, but all awards are capped at $1000 per student per academic year.
  • Funded UR projects must be approved by and conducted under the mentorship of a faculty member.
  • Project funding must be used to pay the undergraduate researcher for time on their project.
  • The FOP to which the funding will be transferred must begin with 16A. Please check with your department's financial manager to ensure a 16A is available.
  • Funding will be processed as a budget revision to a departmental FOP tied to the project of the Faculty Mentor for distribution to the undergraduate student.

Review process and criteria

A committee of Texas Tech University faculty and staff will evaluate and rank project funding applications utilizing the following: UR Project Funding Rubric

The evaluation rubric is designed to highlight two key areas in which TrUE UR Project Funding is meant to address.

You are advised to complete your proposal in such a manner that will illuminate a student experience that is most likely to result in the following outcomes:

  1. The impact of the undergraduate student's contributions to the project
  2. The cognitive, intellectual, and/or experiential growth opportunities the student will gain from participation in the project

We are no longer accepting TrUE Undergraduate Scholar Project Funding applications. Applications closed at 11:59 pm on July 10, 2019. 

Fall 2019/Spring 2020 UR Project Funding

We will begin accepting project funding applications for the fall 2019 - spring 2020 funding cycle on June 10, 2019. Students applying for 2019-2020 UR project funding can not graduate before May 2020 such that they may meet requirement of URC 2020 participation.

  • Application opens: Jun 10, 2019
  • Submission deadline: Jul 10, 2019
  • Award notifications: Aug 26, 2019 (recently updated)

Steps to completing the submission process:

  1. Thoroughly review the submission specifications, funding process, uses, and limitations, and review process and criteria.
  2. Complete the funding form.
  3. Email faculty mentor letter of support to true@ttu.edu.

 

Funded Spring 2019/Summer 2019 UR Projects

  • Expense documentation due: Feb 18, 2019 (ePAF, purchase orders, or receipts must be sent to TRUE)
  • Funding may be used for researcher compensation until August 10, 2019. The project may continue without funding if not completed by August 10, 2019.
  • URC abstract submission due: early-to-mid January 2020
  • 2020 URC presentation dates: Early April 2020