Undergraduate Research Scholar Awards
Applications for the 2019-2020 Undergraduate Research Scholar Awards are now closed.
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 2020. 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 2020 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 Undergraduate Research Scholar Awards poster contest event in mid-April 2020. 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 2020.
How To Apply
Applications for the 2019-2020 Undergraduate Research Scholar Awards are now closed. They will reopen during the 2020 fall semester.
Which type of research topics are eligible for an Undergraduate Research Scholar Award?
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 (principal investigator or research mentor) for the project.
May I submit an application for a project that has already been completed?
The purpose of URSA is to fund ongoing research projects, so no already-completed projects will be funded.
What should be included in my application description?
You should focus on the goals of your research and how you plan to achieve those goals. If your research is part of a larger project, you need to make it clear what your piece of that project is.
My application has special symbols that don't work in the text box. What should I do?
You can attach a .pdf with your project description. Type "Please see the attached" in the text box and attach your application.
When will I know if I will receive an Undergraduate Research Scholar Award?
The Office of Undergraduate Education will notify applicants of their status by early December.
How do I print my poster for the poster contest?
Award recipients are responsible for printing the required poster for the poster contest event and are encouraged to consult with their faculty research supervisor for poster guidance and support. The Office of Undergraduate Education will host a How to Design a Research Poster event during the spring 2020 semester.
How will my poster be judged?
At the Poster Contest in April, faculty judges evaluate the effectiveness of the poster in presenting the research as well as the overall quality of the research conducted. At the Poster Finals a week later, corporate judges from area companies evaluate the posters along similar lines, with an added emphasis on applicability.
- October 27, 2019 – Deadline to Submit Application
- Early December – Deadline to Inform Applicants
- Late February – How to Design a Research Poster event
- Late March – Poster Practice Session
- Early April – Poster Contest event
- Mid-April – Poster Finals Event