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Research Resources

Will working on a research project help my graduate school decision-making and application?YES! Join a research team to pursue your intellectual interests and to connect with leading faculty.

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What is research?

Research can generally be described as an in-depth scholarly study of an area of interest. A research project may be an archaeological excavation in Belize, an examination of historical archives, an observation of government elections, a study of population growth or an interpretation of a literary piece.

Research can be completed on a voluntary basis, as an internship or for academic credit. As a member of the research team, you may participate in the following types of activities:

  • Creating annotated bibliographies;
  • Transcribing focus group or interview data;
  • Performing basic statistical analyses;
  • Conducting literature searches and/or helping faculty to obtain literature; and
  • Pulling and analyzing publicly accessible data.

Why do research?

The primary objective of graduate school is research. As an undergraduate student, participating in a research project will help you get a jump-start on graduate school in the following ways.

  • Explore your intellectual interests by participating in a focused project.
  • Learn how to conduct research from well-trained graduate students and faculty.
  • Define your scholarly interests: what research or area are you most interested in?
  • Connect with faculty who specialize in an area of interest to you: this is a great way to obtain a future letter of recommendation from a faculty member who knows your interest and abilities.
  • Conduct personal research on your interest area in conjunction with the faculty's research project.
  • Use your research experience to create your future grad school application writing sample and statement of purpose.
  • Do what you love: use your research time to delve into an area you're passionate about!

Is research for everyone?

Yes! Whether you plan to complete an advanced degree in comparative literature, Arabic, government or philosophy: research projects are available in all areas and can be of great benefit as you define your intellectual pursuits.

Learn more About undergraduate research at UT

The Office of Undergraduate Research conducts information sessions about research throughout the year. For the current list of sessions, visit the research calendar.

Research Opportunities

The University provides an abundant of opportunities for you to join a research project. Check out the following examples or visit the Undergraduate Research Office for a more comprehensive list.

College of Liberal Arts
Research Funding Sources
School of Undergraduate Studies
UT and Other Resources

College of Liberal Arts

The College of Liberal Arts provides its students a variety of opportunities to create fulfilling, engaging and rewarding education experiences. One such avenue of educational enrichment is research, whether independent or faculty-led projects.

College-Wide Interest
  • COLA Undergraduate Research Opportunities Database: Search for research projects across Liberal Arts departments, centers and institutes.
  • Junior Fellows: Junior Fellows is a society of juniors and seniors from the University at large who are engaged in independent research projects under the direction of members of the faculty. Fellows are required to attend meetings of the group, held every other week in both the fall and spring semesters.
  • Liberal Arts Undergraduate Research Chapter (LAUNCH): LAUNCH is the College of Liberal Arts student organization for undergraduates who are participating or are interested in research.
  • Population Research Center: The Population Research Center at UT, in collaboration with the Department of Sociology, hosts the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program in Minority Group Social Demography for ten-weeks each summer.
  • Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program: As apprentices, students work a certain number of hours per week as assigned by the faculty member, and in return receive course credit for LA 331R (a research conference course). Students are not expected to do their own research in the program; rather, students will assist in ongoing faculty research projects. Students must have 60 or fewer hours at the time of application to be eligible to participate.
  • Honors Programs: Learn about the various honors programs, many of which have thesis requirements. Thesis programs provide undergraduates the opportunity to conduct independent research under faculty supervision.
Plan II
  • Harry Ransom Center Internship (Plan II Only): Plan II offers an internship program at the Harry Ransom Center that is designed to provide advanced undergraduates with experience in the nature and operations of a major humanities research center.
  • LLILAS Internship Program (Plan II Only): The Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies internship is a great opportunity for those students interested in pursuing graduate degrees in or working in Latin American affairs, international public policy, international education as well as in any social sciences discipline.
Archaeology & Anthropology Field Schools
  • Field Archaeology, Texas (ANT f662): The principal focus of the course will be instruction in the basic field techniques required both in cultural resource management and in more strictly research settings. Emphasis will be placed on sampling procedures, excavation techniques, collection of special samples, field laboratory procedures, documentation and field assessment of findings as these relate to research objectives.
  • Institute of Classical Archaeology Field School: The Institute of Classical Archaeology is committed to the education of future archaeologists, anthropologists, and classical scholars. ICA's active research projects in both South Italy and Ukraine include a field school component in which students and volunteers receive instruction in archaeological field methods, scientific analysis, and the latest computer applications in archaeology. This international program takes place in Italy (Metaponto) and the Ukraine (Crotone).
  • The Programme for Belize Archaeological Project Credit & Volunteer Programs: The field school program in Belize involves survey, excavation at several Maya sites and laboratory experience working directly with excavated Maya artifacts. Field techniques, lectures on Maya culture history and instruction concerning artifact analysis are provided during each session. This international program takes place in Belize.
  • Archaeology International Program, Vila Do Conde, Portugal (ANT 662, 379): Taught on site and in English by UT professor Dr. Mariah Wade. A hilltop fort and settlement that spans the period from the Iron Age to the Roman era, Bagunte is part of a network of about 4000 sites in northwestern Portugal and Spain.
  • Anthropology - Portuguese Language and Culture in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil (ANT 324L, 390, 379, 391): Political Questions and Theories of the African Diaspora in the Americas taught by UT Professor Dr. João Costa Vargas. Supervised research students will conduct a research project with the help of Professor Vargas. Students can register for a supervised research course in their own department but need department approval beforehand.
Psychology Undergraduate Research & Experiments
  • Undergraduate Research (PSY 357): The major purpose of this individual instruction course is to provide an opportunity for advanced and qualified undergraduates to obtain firsthand, supervised research experience in psychology. The student will usually assist a professor with a research project by helping to prepare the study and by running subjects in the study. The student may work with a graduate student who is doing research supervised by a professor. The student should not expect to be able to conduct an experiment of his/her own.
  • Experiments: Experiment Requirement Information (PSY 301): Psychological data and theories depend upon the research methods used to obtain them. Thus, an exposure to research and research methods is an experience that is valuable to understanding psychology. At most universities some exposure to psychological research is generally required of students enrolled in introductory psychology courses. At the University of Texas at Austin, the Department of Psychology requires each student enrolled in PSY 301 to gain some familiarity with, and appreciation of, the aims, methods, problems, and results of psychological research.
  • Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE): A summer internship program for undergraduates from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups who are interested in research in psychology. This program provides hands-on training that will make students more competitive for top doctoral training programs. Students who are accepted into the SURE program will be involved in all aspects of the research process, increasing the student's knowledge about, and enthusiasm for, laboratory and field work in psychology.

Research Funding Sources

  • Liberal Arts Undergraduate Research Awards: The College of Liberal Arts awards undergraduate research scholarships of up to $1,000 to selected students to support undergraduate research and to enable students to attend conferences relevant to their field of study.
  • Undergraduate Research Fellowship: The Undergraduate Research Fellowship program provides support of up to $1,000 for specific scholarly research projects conducted by full-time UT undergraduate students enrolled in any department. These fellowships are intended to cover costs associated with academic research projects proposed and written by student applicants and undertaken with the supervision of a university tenured or tenure-track faculty member, lecturer, senior lecturer or full-time research scientist/engineer.
  • University Scholarships and Awards: There are many scholarships and awards available ranging from $500 to $20,000 to help with research expenses. Each scholarship and award has its own criteria, deadlines and application. For more details about each of these awards please contact the awarding department.

The UT School of Undergraduate Studies

  • School of Undergraduate Studies (UGS): The UGS offers undergraduate students services and resources to learn about the benefits of research, how to approach research and how to connect with cross-disciplinary opportunities on campus.
  • Undergraduate Research: Every undergraduate at the University of Texas at Austin has the opportunity to become a researcher and take part in the vibrant intellectual work of the university. The Office of Undergraduate Research offers advising and other resources to help you participate in research that is happening across campus.
  • Eureka!: EUREKA! is a web-based guide to faculty research and research opportunities for undergraduates at UT Austin.

UT & Other Resources

  • OUR UT, UT Dean of Students: Opportunities for Undergraduate Research at The University of Texas at Austin  (OUR UT) offers the Dean of Students (DoS) Scholars program for undergraduate students to participate in research begin conducted by the DoS Research Institute. The Scholars program application deadline typically falls in mid-August.
  • Intellectual Entrepreneurship: Pre Graduate School Internship: The objective of the IE Pre-Graduate School Internship is to connect undergraduates with faculty and veteran graduate students in their field of study to explore those unique aspects of graduate study that make it distinct from the undergraduate experience (e.g., conducting research, writing for scholarly audiences, participating in seminars, serving as teaching and research assistants, publishing articles in professional journals, becoming members of scholarly organizations and learned societies, preparing for an academic or professional career, etc.).
  • Texas Roosevelt Institution: The UT chapter of the national Roosevelt Institution, a student-run progressive think tank with a goal is to make UT students active players in the policymaking process, ultimately getting their research and opinions heard from Austin to Washington.
  • Undergraduate Research Journal: The journal is a student-edited, multi-disciplinary journal of undergraduate research at the University of Texas at Austin.
  • National Conferences on Undergraduate Research: The NCUR is dedicated to promoting undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activity in all fields of study by sponsoring an annual conference for students.
  • Find A Researcher: Find A Researcher offers a list of research databases, including the Eureka! Program.
  • Further Findings: UT Research Blog: Get under the surface of research at UT by exploring this campus-wide research projects blog.
  • International Research: From geography students examining conditions in the Amazon River regions of South America to faculty digging into Parisian libraries, international research efforts are a vibrant part of UT Austin. Check out this page for international research information.
  • Research Alerts: Research Alerts is an electronic publication from the Office of the Vice President for Research. It includes faculty-focused news of research honors and awards, news of research programs and deadlines, researchers quoted in news media, a listing of funding opportunities and a look at current research projects.

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