Texas A&M University is renowned for its highly motivated students and faculty as well as its world class research facilities. In addition, we have long been recognized for the strength of our undergraduate programs. It is the goal of Honors and Undergraduate Research to help bring these ingredients together to further enhance the undergraduate experience for our students through research opportunities.
Honors & Undergraduate Research promotes, coordinates, creates and assesses undergraduate programs involving creative scholarship, inquiry, and research in all academic disciplines at Texas A&M as well as developing opportunities for students through national and international research programs. As a recognized “high impact practice,” undergraduate research experiences increase undergraduate student learning and success, not only while students are at Texas A&M, but long after graduation.
In terms of professional and intellectual development, being involved in undergraduate research allows students to learn more about their future professional field, to participate in a scholarly community of like-minded students, and to develop a close working relationship with acclaimed faculty that can lead to scholarships, internships, jobs, international opportunities and admission to top graduate and professional programs. Perhaps most importantly, engaging in undergraduate research allows students to experience the excitement of creating new knowledge, solving cutting-edge problems and developing new insights—life skills that are increasingly important in our world.
Campus-wide programs coordinated by Honors & Undergraduate Research include the Undergraduate Research Scholars program, a two-semester research experience (fall/spring academic year) conducted under the supervision of a faculty mentor and the publication of Explorations: the Texas A&M Undergraduate Journal. The office offers workshops for students on obtaining summer research opportunities, starting out in research and thesis writing, and workshops for faculty on mentoring undergraduate researchers and developing new paradigms for undergraduate research. Honors & Undergraduate Research also works with groups across campus to promote and facilitate events that support undergraduate research opportunities, such as the Sigma Xi Faculty-Student Expo. Lastly, the office provides assistance for developing externally-funded proposals and implementation of funded projects that have undergraduate research components, such National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (NSF-REU) and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Education grants.