Texas Tech University

Undergraduate Scholar Project Funding

We are no longer accepting applications for TRUE Undergraduate Scholar Project Funding.

Thank you for your interest in undergraduate scholar project funding provided by the TTU Center for Transformative Undergraduate Experiences (TRUE). TRUE Undergraduate scholar project funding assists with the costs associated with an undergraduate working on a faculty project or undertaking their own project under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Funding will be awarded based on a competitive review process. The overall structure of project funding, as well as important deadlines and requirements, have changed. Therefore, it is suggested that you review the information below very carefully.

To be eligible to receive funding, an undergraduate student must be participating in scholarly work that is meaningful to a faculty member's project or conducting their own original project under the mentorship of a faculty member. Funding will be allocated according to Texas Tech University and State of Texas regulations and is limited. Funding requests may be submitted from $50, up to a maximum of $1000. Project funding must be used to either pay students working on a faculty project or to purchase project supplies for the student's personal project, not both.

Depending on when the project will take place, applications should be submitted in accordance with the dates presented below.

Students will receive notification of their approval after the project funding request is reviewed by the undergraduate scholar project funding selection committee. Final approval of all committed funds will be left to the discretion of TRUE.

Prior to completing the form below, review the full list of guidelines, restrictions, and limitiations. Incomplete project funding applications or applications that do not meet these requirements will not be considered.

Please submit your completed undergraduate scholar project funding application materials in electronic format, by emailing true@ttu.edu 


Submission Guidelines and Specifications

The application must ultimately 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 overall guidance, financial information, an indication of their endorsement of the application, and a letter of support.

No more than one project from the same lab will be funded during each funding period. Among projects approved by the review committee, only the top project from a single lab will be funded.

Please Note!!! DO NOT included supplemental documents when submitting the project funding application. They will not be reviewed during the selection process.

All application materials must be submitted in an electronic format (including the faculty letter of support). Attach all of the files to one email and send them to TRUE at true@ttu.edu.

Again, please include a letter of support from the faculty mentor on the project with the rest of your application.

Funded proposals may be posted (with personal identification information omitted) as a reference for applicants in following years.

Funding Uses and Limitations

  • Applicants are only eligible to receive project funding once per academic year (August - July). If a student's initial proposal is not funded, they are eligible to resubmit during the following funding cycle.
  • Funding applications will be reviewed and awarded on a competitive basis utilizing the rubric below.
  • Funding is capped at $1000.
  • Funding may be used to pay an undergraduate student to perform work that is meaningful to a TTU faculty or graduate student's project; to work on a project that is separate, but closely related to a TTU faculty or graduate student's project; or to purchase supplies for an undergraduate student's own project.
  • The FOP to which the funding will be transferred must begin with 16A.
  • 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 review applications based on the following criteria:

1. What is the impact of the undergraduate student's contributions to the project?

2. What cognitive, intellectual, and/or experiential growth opportunities will the student gain from participation in the project?

For additional explanation, and to see the full review rubric, feel free to download the TRUE Undergraduate Scholar Project Funding Reviewer Evaluation Form.

Timeline for Projects Taking Place Fall 2017 - Spring 2018

  • Accepting Applications: May 2 - June 30, 2017
  • Submission Deadline: June 30, 2017 at 11:59 p.m.
  • Review Period: July 1, 2017 – August 15, 2017
  • Notification Deadline: August 23, 2017
  • Funding Date: September 15, 2017
    • Funding may be used for researcher compensation until June 5, 2018
    • The project may continue without funding if not completed by June 5, 2018
  • Project Reporting Requirements:
    • Expense Documentation due: October 15, 2017 (ePAF, purchase orders, or receipts must be sent to TRUE)
    • Graduation Stipulation: Can not graduate before May 2018 (ensures URC 2018 participation)
    • Abstract Submission Due: early-to-mid January 2018
    • 2018 URC Presentation: March 27-28, 2018

Timeline for Projects Taking Place Spring 2018 - Summer 2018

  • Accepting Applications: September 18, 2017 - November 12, 2017
  • Submission Deadline: November 12, 2017 at 11:59 p.m.
  • Review Period: November 12, 2017 - January 5, 2018
  • Notification Deadline: January 15, 2018
  • Funding Available: January 22, 2018
    • Funding may be used for researcher compensation until August 11, 2018
    • The project may continue without funding if not completed by August 11, 2018
  • Project Reporting Requirements:
    • Expense Documentation due: February 19, 2018 (ePAF, EOPS, purchase orders, or receipts must be sent to TRUE)
    • Graduation Stipulation: Can not graduate before May 2019 (ensures URC 2019 participation)
    • Abstract Submission Due: January 2019
    • 2019 URC Presentation: March 26-27, 2019