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SURE Students Share Experiences

Definition of Undergraduate Research: An inquiry or investigation conducted by an undergraduate student that makes an original intellectual or creative contribution to the discipline. Students who participate in undergraduate research shift from being a member of a community learning about science to being in a community of practice of those doing science. - Council on Undergraduate Research

STEM Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE)

The STEM Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) program offers first-generation and Federal Pell Grant-eligible students the opportunity to participate in a ten-week intensive research experience, mentored by Texas State faculty. Students will spend up to one week in orientation, a minimum of eight weeks conducting research, and one week preparing to present their research at a recognition ceremony. .

SURE is a key component of the HSI STEM IMPACT Program and Quality Enhancement Plan 2020 at Texas State University hosted by University College. 

» Opportunities

» Eligibility Criteria

» Informational Sessions

» Letter of Interest Workshop

» Requirements

» Student Applications

» Faculty Applications


  • First-hand experience in a research setting
  • Mentorship offered by STEM faculty and staff
  • Develop marketable skills and career readiness
  • Convene with community scholars and research teams
  • $17.50 hourly pay to complete research
  • Individualized advising and academic coaching
  • Costs for required lab and poster presentation materials covered

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Enrolled as a STEM major – Major must be within the College of Science & Engineering

  2. Minimum 2.75 TXST GPA

  3. Completion of at least 24 credit hours at TXST

  4. Must meet one of the two following criteria:

    1.  Demonstrate financial need in one of the following ways:

      • Be Pell grant eligible

      • Have been awarded Federal work-study

      • Have been awarded Perkins Loan

      • Have been awarded Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant

    2. Be a first-generation student

First-generation students are those whose parents have never earned a bachelor's degree but may have some postsecondary experience.

Informational Sessions

Students interested in participating in the 2018 SURE Program must attend an informational session to receive more information about eligibility requirements, required documentation, and letter of interest information.  Informational sessions will be held on the following dates and times:

Thursday, October 26th @ 12pm - UAC 124

Wednesday, November 1st @ 12pm - LBJSC 3-14.1

Monday, November 13th @ 2pm - ELA 222

Wednesday, January 31st @ 3pm - UAC 124

Click here to register for a one-hour informational session.

Letter of Interest Workshop

Tuesday, November 28th, 12pm - 1pm in UAC 124

Wednesday, January 17th, 1pm - 2:30pm in UAC 142

Wednesday, January 17th, 4:00pm - 5:30pm in UAC 142

Tuesday, January 23rd,  4pm - 5pm in UAC 124

Friday, February 9th, 12pm - 1pm in UAC 124

Wednesday, February 14th @ 10am - UAC 124

Sign up for a one-hour workshop to learn how to prepare a letter of interest.


  • Complete Application

  • Submit Letter of Interest

  • Two Letters of Recommendation from any TXST faculty (faculty mentor to email to  You may download the form and guidelines here.

Student Applications

2018 SURE Applications available on November 3, 2017.

» Apply for the SURE program
» Submit a letter of interest

Complete SURE application packet due February 19, 2018.

Applicants notified of acceptance by April 2, 2018. 

Faculty Applications

» Apply to be a SURE Faculty Mentor

» Submit a recommendation letter for a student

» Request a Presentation to your class


Noel Mireles research presentation
Undergraduate Researcher Orientation
Michael Sanchez - SURE Undergraduate Researcher
Diego Torres at research site
Research Mentor, Dr. Castro with Undergraduate Researchers, Karina & Kristen