The Office of Undergraduate Education

Undergraduate Research Scholar Awards

About The Program

The Undergraduate Research Scholar Awards are a one-time competitive award made by the Office of Undergraduate Education, designed to reward the contributions and facilitate the professional development of undergraduate researchers at UT Dallas.

Students selected to receive an Undergraduate Research Scholar Award receive $500, awarded upon participation in the Undergraduate Research Scholar Award poster competition held in mid-April. Faculty research sponsors supporting participant projects receive $300 (for supplies, project travel, poster printing, etc.). Students whose research, posters, and presentations are deemed to be exceptional will move on to the poster finals competition, held one week later. Judges from the external research community will appraise the top presentations; the top three winners will receive additional award money.


In order for a submission to receive consideration for an Undergraduate Research Scholar Award, the student must meet certain eligibility requirements. Student applicants must be:

  • Currently-enrolled, degree-seeking UT Dallas undergraduate researchers
  • Enrolled in a UT Dallas undergraduate program through the Spring semester
  • Contributing to an existing research project, under the supervision of a faculty principal investigator OR acting as an independent principal investigator under the guidance of a faculty research mentor
  • Able to create a research poster encapsulating the project and present results at the virtual Undergraduate Research Scholar Awards poster contest event in mid-April. Semifinalists selected during the poster contest must present their posters and results to corporate judges and compete for cash prizes at the Undergraduate Research Scholar Awards poster finals event, held in late-April.

How To Apply

Applications for the 2024 Undergraduate Research Scholar Awards are open.

Undergraduate Research Scholar Awards Application

Application FAQs

Program Timeline

  • November 13, 2023 – Deadline to Submit URSA Proposal
  • Early/Mid-January 2024 – Applicants Informed of Final Selections
  • Late February 2024 – How to Design a Research Poster Workshop
  • Late March 2024 – Research Poster Practice Session
  • April 16th, 2024 – URSA Semifinals (Time/Location TBA)
  • April 19th, 2024 – URSA Finals (Time/Location TBA)

Program Contact

Hillary Campbell
FO 2.710C