About the Undergraduate Research Program
Why do URP research?
The Undergraduate Research Program is designed for students with no research experience to train with faculty who will guide them in developing research skills which will enable them to collaborate with other faculty or conduct independent research projects in the future. Post-undergraduate and professional degree programs and employers seek students who have gained “hands-on” laboratory experience outside the classroom. Throughout your participation in the program, you will build relationships with faculty, post-doctoral students, and peers which is a good way to get recommendations and open doors even you can't imagine!
Many URP participants have completed independent research projects which have led to presenting at National Conferences and co-authoring research papers with world renowned scientists.
What are the requirements to participate in URP?
- All students must apply for each semester of research in the URP. There are two application periods – once in the Fall and once in the Spring. Students wishing to do research in the Spring semester will complete an application in the Fall and students wishing to do research in the Summer and/or Fall semesters will complete an application in the Spring.
- Students must have both an overall GPA of 2.75 and a GPA of 2.75 in all CST classes (including repeated CST courses and withdrawn CST courses). Both will be reviewed during the URP acceptance process.
- All CST undergraduate students may apply AS LONG AS they have completed two semesters in the College of Science and Technology. Typically, freshmen have not completed enough of the required entry level CST courses to be considered for the program. Transfer students who have been in CST for two semesters may also apply. Students can only participate in URP for a total of two semesters, only one of which can be summer – students cannot do two summers of URP.
- Students who are selected to participate in Fall or Spring URP will take a 2-4 credit research course (on rare occasions we will allow a 1 credit course with a petition). 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. 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 not eligible for additional hours of pay.
- Student who are selected to participate in Summer research will receive payment for their research. Students will be able to work up to 40 hours a week for up to 400 hours throughout the summer semester. Scheduling of hours are to be coordinated with the faculty and lab.
What if I don't meet the URP requirements?
We encourage you to discuss this with the faculty advisor for your major. They will review your situation and determine if adding research would benefit your academic experience. Research can always be done outside of the program with approval of the department faculty advisors.
Can I present my research at Temple?
Yes! Both the College of Science and Technology and Undergraduate Studies offer symposiums for you to present your research. Check out the “Present Your Research” page to learn more.
How do I continue my research after two semesters?
Apply to the CARAS program
Apply to the Diamond research Scholar program
Apply to Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) programs offered by NSF
- Continue to work with faculty outside of the URP