The Office of Undergraduate Education

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.

Research Resume Workshop

Receive advice on how to prepare a scientific/research-oriented resume OR learn how to strengthen your existing research resume. The workshop will also cover best practices for approaching your research interview and guide you in preparing your best presentation during Match Day.

Research Resume Workshop
Monday, April 6, 2015
5:00 pm-7:00 pm
RHW 2.401

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.

The Exley Luncheon 2015
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Visitor Center Atrium

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.

Undergraduate Research Poster Contest 2015
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
2pm to 5pm
Visitor Center Atrium

Match Day

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.

Match Day 2015
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
3pm to 5pm
Visitor's Center Atrium
Hors d'oeuvres and light refreshments available immediately following the event.

Undergraduate Student Research Panel

Hear undergraduate students and faculty researchers share their research experiences, tips on competing for research programs and fellowships, and strategies for obtaining your ideal research position. Refreshments will be provided.

Undergraduate Student Research Panel
Thursday, April 9, 2015
3:00 pm
SU 2.602 – Galaxy Room

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 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.

Research Publications

The Exley, UT Dallas Undergraduate Research Journal

Scholarships and Contests

Patti Henry Pinch Scholarship
Undergraduate Research Scholar Award Program

Summer Research for Academic Excellence Scholarship Recipients

Clark Summer Research Program

Other Research Programs

Pre-Health Summer Research and Academic Enrichment Programs
UT Southwestern Green Fellowship
Bill Archer Fellow Program for Undergraduates