Undergraduate Research

Get involved and get experience that pays off.

Even as undergraduates, our students are encouraged to explore research. As they get valuable experience—in some cases paid—they gain insight into their potential to pursue serious independent research and/or advanced studies.

College Research Resources

1. Independent Research Courses

Learn side-by-side with the experts as you earn credit hours by identifying a professor whose research interests you or enrolling in an independent research course (291/491 listings). In addition to opportunities the departments offer, the Cyclotron Institute has research slots for students interested in nuclear science. To explore options in your major, click on the following links or contact a departmental advisor.

Click here for a college-wide list of all available 491 faculty.

In addition you may find additional information about REU at each department:

  • Biology - The Department of Biology maintains a list of faculty available for undergraduate research and their research interests.

  • Chemistry - The Department of Chemistry offers a primer on undergraduate chemistry research.

  • Mathematics - The Department of Mathematics maintains an undergraduate research web page, including information about individual research mentors, summer research opportunities, and research conferences.

  • Physics - The Department of Physics and Astronomy offers many opportunities, during the school year and the summer, for undergraduate research. The department recommends students approach faculty about doing research in their labs. Advisors also e-mail students with leads about faculty seeking undergraduates in their labs.

2. College of Science Undergraduate Research Funding Opportunities

  • College of Science Undergraduate Research Work–Study Program - This program is for College of Science majors who qualify for federal or state work-study support. Eligible students may apply to work on undergraduate research projects with college faculty. Each position requires a minimum weekly commitment of 12 hours and a maximum of 15 hours.

    Applications may be submitted to sara@science.tamu.edu

  • Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Program - The goal of this program is to support professional development of underrepresented students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The anticipated scholarship award is approximately $1000 each semester (fall/spring). Applications are accepted for fall and spring semesters.

    College of Science participant requirements:
    1. Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better
    2. Participation in undergraduate research during the semester of the scholarship
    3. Participation in 2-3 LSAMP activities each semester
    4. Presentation (oral or poster) at Student Research Week (spring semester)

    Applications may be submitted to sara@science.tamu.edu.
    (click here general information on the TAMUS LSAMP program)

3. College of Science Undergraduate Research Travel Awards

4. Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)

Several of our units offer paid summer REU programs funded by the National Science Foundation.

5. Undergraduate Program in Biological and Mathematical Sciences

Thanks to a ten-year, $1.75 million National Science Foundation grant, Texas A&M's Departments of Biology, Mathematics, and Statistics are partnering with Prairie View A&M University to integrate curricula that will revolutionize undergraduate education and help shape the face of future research about the natural world. Each year the program recruits 10 biology and 10 mathematics students from diverse backgrounds to engage in a new common curriculum incorporating advanced biological and mathematical training, a common quantitative biology seminar, and research training in a biological research program such as biological clocks, mathematical ecology, and genomics. To learn more about the program or how to apply, go to http://www.math.tamu.edu/ubm/.

6. Undergraduate Research Scholars Program

If you are a student with junior standing who is interested in carrying out independent research, you may be eligible to become an Undergraduate Research Scholar.

Additional Research Resources on Campus

Contests/Scholarships for Undergraduate Research