Undergraduate Research Program (URP)

Real-world experience with world-class researchers



The Undergraduate Research Program offers CST students an opportunity to work directly with world-class researchers on real-world research. Completing hands-on independent research is critical to the next step in a student's educational or professional career.  Read the URP FAQ to learn more.

To participate in URP, students must maintain a high level of academic success.

They must submit an application to the program for each semester that they wish to participate and they must be approved by the CST Dean's office to participate each semester.

After acceptance into the program for the semester the students then meet prospective researchers to find the research project that is right for them.   In the Fall and Spring semesters the students earn credit for their reseach.  In the summer it is a full time - paid research experience. 

To earn credit for URP, students register for a research course typically within their major of study. If the focus of a students research project is outside of their major, their research course may align with the area of their research. Students meet with the faculty advisor for their major to determine the correct research course.

It may also be possible to earn a stipend for additional work performed in the lab in excess of the required research course requirements. Students may be asked to participate in conferences, author papers or to showcase their research work in the department or at the URP Research Symposium. Only CST students are eligible to participate.

URP Frequently Asked Questions

Due dates for the upcoming Fall 2018 semester:




Faculty Sponsors will specify their research

Early March

Students will apply for the URP program selecting from the list of approved Faculty sponsors 

March 19th-26th

Students and Faculty will be notified of approved URP Students for the Summer

April 4th

Faculty will interview from the list of approved students who have indicated a desire to work with the faculty sponsor

April 10th-August 20th

Faculty selection complete and all completed URP Forms must be returned to the College of Science and Technology                             



September 5th

Fall 2018 URP Appication is NOW CLOSED

The complete list of Fall 2018 Research Projects can be Downloaded Here -Updated 8/6

Fall 2018 Approval Form - This form is completed once you are approved and have found a research project

The Chemistry Department requires that their students also complete department specific forms for students to be approved for undergraduate research.  These forms must be completed along with the URP Approval Form.  These forms can be found on the department web site or via the links below.

Chemistry Department Required Research Forms:  https://chem.cst.temple.edu/uploads/5/8/7/1/58716595/undergraduateresearchform.pdf

Biology Department: https://bio.cst.temple.edu/ugrad/research/

How to Contact Faculty via Email


Rose McGinnis
Director of Professional Development & Undergraduate Research Program
CST Advising Office