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ACT on IDEAS Undergraduate Research Fellowship (URF)

 

 

The ACT on IDEAs Undergraduate Research Fellowship (URF) program is a funding opportunity designed to give undergraduate students an authentic research experience under the guidance of a faculty mentor.

 The URF is available every semester and open to rising Junior (75-89 completed school credit hours) and Senior (90+ completed credit hours) students with a 3.2 minimum Institutional GPA. Students interested in applying must address a scholarly/research question or undertake a research question that could inform a creative activity during a semester.

 

 FUNDING

 The number of fellows selected is contingent on the availability of funds. Students are hired for a semester as Student Research Assistants (SRAs) working up to 19 hours per week at $10 per hour. A $500 stipend is awarded to the faculty member for mentoring and guiding the fellow throughout the the research project.

 

HOW TO APPLY

  1. Access the following Link  -> https://tamiu.campuslabs.com/engage/submitter/form/start/144649                           
  2. Log in with your Student Credentials,
  3. If you do not have an account in Trailblazers, click on create account. You will be directed to the URF application,
  4. Complete electronic application,
  5. Submit.


Proposed faculty mentors have to complete their application section before the deadline. The faculty mentor will receive an e-mail with instructions after student application is received.

For more information, e-mail actonideas@tamiu.edu or stop by the ACT on IDEAS Office in KL 333.

 

Access Student Application section HERE.

Access Faculty Mentor Application section HERE.

 

WHEN AWARDED

Students are:

  • Expected to perform academic research under the direction of a faculty member
  • Encouraged to disseminate their results at a professional conference.
  • Students are required to submit a mid-semester progress report and a final report.
  1. Progress Report: Due at the middle of the semester in which the student is awarded. Students must describe the URF project progress and future plans as well as challenges encountered. The report must be submitted electronically by accessing the following link: https://tamiu.campuslabs.com/engage/submitter/form/start/157368.
  2. Final Report: Due at the end of the semester in which the student is awarded. URF Final Report is individual (one per student) and it must be written by the student (not the faculty mentor). Final Report is a project summary and must be 500-words minimum in length, written in Times New Roman, 12 pt. font size, using single-spaced paragraphs. The report should include the following components:
  • Introduction: Background information/description of the project.
  • Body: Description of the creative process, research design, and/or methodology used in the study.
  • Conclusions and Outcomes: Outcomes, products, and/or results of the project.
  • Illustrations: If applicable, graphs, images, figures, etc.
  • Bibliography or References: List of all references cited in the Final Report.
The report must be submitted electronically by accessing the following link: https://tamiu.campuslabs.com/engage/submitter/form/start/157373.
  • Required to present findings of the project to a multidisciplinary group of TAMIU faculty toward the end of the semester when the URF funding was awarded.

 

Access Progress Report HERE.

Access Final Report HERE.

 

FUNDED PROJECTS

View a list of current and past Funded Projects.

 

FAQs

Who is eligible to participate in the URF?

Any current TAMIU undergraduate rising Junior (75-89 school credit hours) or Senior (90+ school credit hours) students with a 3.2 minimum GPA.  All majors and concentrations are welcome.

 

I will be graduating this semester, am I eligible to participate in next semester URF?

Unfortunately, students are not eligible to participate in the URF once they have graduated from TAMIU.

 

What will be expected of me?

Fellows are:

  1. Expected to perform academic research under the direction of a faculty member. Students are required to submit a mid-semester progress report and a final report at the end of the semester.
  2. Encouraged to disseminate their results at a professional conference. For fellows awarded during the Fall semester, you may consider presenting results at the Texas A&M University System (TAMUS) Annual Pathways Student Research Symposium; for students awarded during the Spring semester you may consider presenting at the LBV Conference at TAMIU. Travel funds to facilitate conference presentations resulting from these research, scholarly, or creative projects may be available for fellows and faculty through a separate application process. For Student Travel Fund information go to: http://www.tamiu.edu/actonideas/travel.shtml.
  3. Students are required to submit a mid-semester progress report and a final report.
  4. Required to present findings of the project to a multidisciplinary group of TAMIU faculty toward the end of the semester when the URF funding was awarded.

 

What kinds of support will I receive?

If awarded with the URF, students will be hired as Student Research Assistants (SRAs) working up to 19 hours per week at $10 per hour. Students receive travel funds to present their research findings at local, regional, state, national, and/or international conferences.  $500 stipend is awarded to the faculty member for mentoring and guiding the fellow throughout the research project.


How can I apply for Travel funds?

Students can apply by completing a Student Travel Fund Request form. To access form click on the following link: https://tamiu.campuslabs.com/engage/submitter/form/start/156378. For Student Travel Fund information go to: http://www.tamiu.edu/actonideas/travel.shtml.

 

I am part of the Honors program; can I participate in the URF?

All undergraduate students can apply for the URF. Students that are part of the Honors program must show in the URF application that the proposed research to be conducted is different from the Honors research project.  

 

Who is eligible to be my mentor?

All current TAMIU Full-time Faculty and Instructors are eligible to mentor a project as part of the URF.

 

What is expected of my mentor?

Mentors will help guide students through their research project and should work with you on a regular basis to help guide you through your project.

 

Why does my mentor need to complete a form?

Both, students and their mentors, are required to submit an application for consideration in the URF. This is done to ensure that students and their mentors are each committed to the proposed project and appear to have a common understanding of the work that will be done to complete the project as part of the URF.  If your mentor is supporting the application of two students, he/she should complete a separate Mentor Application Form for each applicant.

 

Can I continue beyond the first semester?

Yes! Students who successfully complete the first awarded semester are encouraged to continue their URF project. Students who are making satisfactory progress on their project may continue in the program until the project is complete and/or they graduate. If you wish to receive funding for subsequent semesters, you must formally reapply to URF and submit a new proposal every semester.  This should not be an exact copy of your previously successful proposal but a continuation of it. The committee has higher expectations for repeat proposals and generally gives preference to new students. Typically, students are not funded more 2 or 3 times from this program.

 

How can I get additional information?

Contact the QEP-ACT on IDEAs by sending an email to actonideas@tamiu.edu or stop by our office in Killam Library 333.

 

 

For Questions:

E-mail actonideas@tamiu.edu or call (956) 326-3130

 

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