Summer 2018 Undergraduate Research Program

The Summer/Fall 2018 Application process for students is now open - CLICK HERE to apply

Deadline to apply is March 26th, 2018 - no late applications will be accepted

Summer 2018 Research Projects- You can review or download a PDF with all of the projects.  The full list of Spring 2018 projects is now available HERE

Summer 2018 URP Application - You must complete the application even if you are currently doing URP in the Spring semester and wish to continue into the Summer or Fall 2018 semester

URP Application Process

Students are required to apply each semester for participation in URP. This is a selective program so a student will need to have a solid GPA (no less than 2.75)  in CST-related courses as well as a strong university GPA (no less than 2.75).  Both will be reviewed during the URP acceptance process. Your CST GPA will count all courses including repeated and withdrawn CST courses in the CST GPA calculation.  This is a unique GPA calculation for this program.

The program is open to sophomores, juniors and seniors.  Typically, freshmen have not completed enough of the required entry-level CST courses to be considered for the program.  Transfer students who have completed 2 semesters may also apply.

Students will be sent an email informing them about the application deadlines to apply via the CST Opportunities email.  You must then complete the required application online by the due date to be considered.  Students may indicate during the application process which URP faculty members they might be interested in working with as their faculty research sponsor. Students should specify more than one URP faculty sponsor.

Once students have been notified that they are accepted into the program, they can begin to contact the faculty members they are interested in working with. Students are required to find their own research project, they are not placed in a lab. Once an approved URP student is matched in a lab, they must complete the URP approval form, which requires a detailed description of their research project.

Students who are selected to participate in the Fall or Spring will take a 2-4 credit research course (on rare occasions students can petition to complete only 1 research credit  this is not recommended as 3 hours a week in research is really not enough time to have a project).  They will work with a faculty sponsor to perform research work in the faculty member’s lab. Students are expected to work approximately 3 times the number of credit hours per week in the lab and may be asked to participate in conferences or to showcase their research work in the department.

Students may also be paid for additional time in excess of their required course work requirement in the lab if the faculty sponsor supports the additional research work.  Students may earn up to $9.00 an hour for a maximum of 9 hours each week above the required course time in the lab.

NOTE - CHANGE IIN PROGRAM FOR SPRING 2018 - Students MUST be taking a 3 or 4 credit research course to receive pay for additional time in lab over their required hours.  Students who are taking only a 1 or 2 credit hour research course are no longer eligible for additional hours of pay.  

Summer 2018 Application- All Applications MUST be complete by midnight on 3/26/18.

NOTE: Students can also do undergraduate research outside of this program and still receive course credit.  Please see the faculty advisor for your major to learn more.

Faculty Sponsors will specify their research projects 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 Spring April 4th
Faculty will interview from the list of approved students who have indicated a desire to work with the faculty sponsor April 4th-20th
All completed Spring 2018 URP Forms must be returned to the College of Science & Technology April 20th


Rose McGinnis
Director of Professional Development & Undergraduate Research