Student Research Resources
UT Dallas offers a variety of research opportunities and resources. Engaging in research as an undergraduate has academic, personal, and professional benefits. Research activities enhance analytical and critical thinking skills, which prepare undergraduates for the rigors of their profession or graduate studies. Learning how to practically apply academic concepts, discovering how to work independently, and experiencing how to function successfully as a team member are other benefits many students attribute to participating in undergraduate research activities. Exploring a discipline through research also allows students to make informed decisions about the career they wish to pursue. The Office of Undergraduate Education (OUE) and the Office of Research provide a variety of research event opportunities and other resources to assist both prospective and current undergraduate researchers.
Undergraduate Research Events
Each year, the OUE and Office of Research collaborate to host the Exhibition of Excellence in Undergraduate Research (EEUR). This three day event provides undergraduates an opportunity to learn more about research opportunities, to receive recognition for research related accomplishments, and to compete for valuable research awards.
The Match Day event is open to all students and is designed to facilitate the process of pairing motivated undergraduates with faculty who have research projects. Students who participate will gain valuable research experience that contributes to future success professionally, or in graduate school. Faculty who engage undergraduates in research enhance grant applications by demonstrating mentorship alongside receiving quality researchers.
How to prepare for Match Day:
- Create or update your resume and bring multiple copies to the event.
- Prepare questions regarding what type of work the faculty member needs assistance with, the number of hours expected, and the work environment (for example, will you work in a lab where you will be expected to wear long sleeves and closed toe shoes?).
- Dress professionally and be prepared to articulate your qualifications.
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
3pm to 5pm
Visitor's Center Atrium
Hors d'oeuvres and light refreshments available immediately following the event.
The Exley Luncheon
The Office of Undergraduate Education hosts an annual luncheon to celebrate the latest issue of The Exley. This event is open to all students and copies of The Exley are provided to attendees. An information table will be set up to provide information for students who are interested in learning more about publishing in the research journal. Current contributors to The Exley, as well as the annual recipients of the Patti Henry Pinch Scholarship are recognized during the luncheon.
Thursday, March 28, 2013
12pm to 2pm
Founder's Second Floor Atrium
A light lunch and refreshments are provided.
Undergraduate Research Scholar Awards and Poster Contest
Undergraduate Research Scholar Awards are made for a single semester and are awarded by the Vice President for Research. Funds are limited, and awards are made on a competitive basis. The award consists of a cash stipend of $500 paid to the student, as well as an award of $300 transferred to a University account controlled by the faculty sponsor to support the research project (e.g., laboratory equipment, project travel, etc.) or related activities. Cash stipends paid to students are subject to deductions for required taxes. At the end of the spring semester, recipients of this grant have the opportunity to join in a poster competition to receive additional funds. There are no restrictions on the nature of the research - it can be in any field. However, the research must be on a serious, credible topic of inquiry, and there must be a faculty supervisor for the project. Interested students should contact Beth Keithly.
Friday, March 29, 2013
2pm to 5pm
Clark Center Lobby
Prospective Undergraduate Researchers
Before pursuing an undergraduate research opportunity, the Office of Undergraduate Education (OUE) recommends that students consider the following:
- Time commitment
- Personal research interest(s)
- Academic preparation
Balancing research activities with academics and extracurricular activities can be difficult. In order to have the most rewarding experience possible, students should carefully plan their schedule to accommodate for the time commitment necessary to participate in research and fulfill the expectations of their faculty mentors.
Prior to committing to a research program or project, students should examine what research truly interests them. The OUE recommends examining Research Explorer and the work that is being conducted within UT Dallas research centers.
Students should also prepare themselves academically before conducting research in particular areas. For example, students who are interested in computer science research may enroll in courses that introduce programming fundamentals and C++. After students have organized their schedule to accommodate research activities and identified their area of interest, the next step is to find a faculty research mentor. Prospective undergraduate researchers are encouraged to attend the annual Undergraduate Research Match Day Event to explore available research positions. If a student is unable to obtain a research position as a result of Match Day, they may email firstname.lastname@example.org for further assistance.
Current Undergraduate Researchers
There are several summer research programs, scholarships, and contests open to undergraduate researchers at UT Dallas. From fellowships offered at off-campus locations to the opportunity to publish your research work, UT Dallas has a variety of forums for undergraduates to participate in and showcase their research.