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Undergraduate Research

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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 in the College of Science and Engineering. 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. 

Learn Everything You Need to Know to Complete Your Application!

There are 2 types of SURE workshops to ensure your application is as strong as it can be: Letter of Recommendation Workshops, and Letter of Interest Workshops. You can also request an information session tailored just for you... your questions, and on your schedule. Registrations for each are linked below.

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    • 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
    • $15.00 hourly pay to complete research
    • Individualized advising and academic coaching
    • Costs for required lab and poster presentation materials covered
    • Professional Development
    • Upon completing the program, you can have costs of up to $1,500 covered to present your research at a scientific conference.

     Weekly Seminar Series

    SURE Participants participate in professional development opportunities to enhance their undergraduate research experience during the summer program.  Sample topics include: Developing Your Brand, Communication Skills - Elevator Speeches, Poster Design, Communication to the Scientific Community, and Individual Development Plans.

    SURE Participants also have the opportunity to build fellowship and community with other students who are serving as Undergraduate Research Assistants. 

    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 be U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident

    5. 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.

  • Students interested in participating in the 2019 SURE Program should attend sessions on Letters of Interest and Letters of Recommendation, but if you want to get this training at a time it isn't scheduled, or if you want to learn more (and be able to ask questions) about eligibility requirements, required documentation, and the application process, you can request a meeting by Zoom (three participants required, so grab a couple of friends to sit in on it with you). You can also request a presentation for your student organization. 

    Request a Just-in-Time SURE Information Session.

  • How to Write a Letter of Interest

    The letter of interest is an important component of your SURE application and can be a deciding factor between you and another candidate when other scores are close. Training will help you understand what the reviewers are looking for.

    • Monday, October 19th @10-11am
    •  Monday, November 23rd @3-4 pm
    •  Monday, January 25th @12-1 pm
    •  Monday, February 8th @9-10 am
    •  Monday, February 15th @4-5 pm

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

  • Learn how to apply and the benefits of participating 

    in undergraduate research.

    • Monday, October 5th @ 2-3 pm
    •  Friday November 6th @ 9 - 10:00 am
    •  Monday, November 16th @ 4-5 pm
    •  Friday, January 22nd, 2021 @ 11-noon

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

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