Announcing the “Spring 2016 Undergraduate Research Fellowship” competition – due 1/22/16

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Announcing the Spring 2016 Undergraduate Research Fellowship competition

We are pleased to announce the launch of the Spring 2016 Undergraduate Research Fellowship competition. You can click the link above to view the competition page, and review the details below as well. Please share with colleagues you think may be interested.

Internal Submission Deadline: Friday, January 22, 2016
Award Cycle: 2015-16
Evaluation Criteria: • Clarity and thoroughness of presentation (error-free, jargon-free, clearly labeled and explained) • Relevance to the applicant’s degree program and career plans. • Scientific, scholarly, or creative merit of the project. • Evidence of ability to carry out the project (as shown by accomplishments and letter of support) • Budget reasonably reflects the proposed project’s needs, is itemized and justified.
For more information about the URF:
The purpose of the URF competition is to provide support for scholarly research projects conducted by University undergraduate students. Fellowships are intended to cover costs associated with research projects proposed and written by undergraduate student applicants and undertaken with the supervision of a University tenured, tenure-track, or non-tenure track faculty member, or full-time Research staff member. The supervisor will attest to the appropriateness of the student’s research expenses throughout the project, and will need Principal Investigator (PI) status in order to request IACUC, IBC, or IRB approvals, if applicable. For a list of personnel titles that qualify as PI, please visit:


There are two opportunities to apply during the academic year. The next deadline is Friday, January 22, 2016. Awards will be announced in mid-February. URFs will expire August 31, 2016,unless the student graduates earlier, in which case the fellowship will expire on UT’s official commencement date. All funds not spent by the expiration date will revert back to the URF fund.


Only UT students may apply.
Applicants must be enrolled full-time (minimum of 12 hours) at The University of Texas at Austin in a bachelor’s degree program or in the PharmD Program. Graduating seniors must provide full-time status certification by the Registrar’s Office or academic advisor, if enrollment is less than 12 hours at time of applying.
URF awards are given once per student, per academic year, September 1st – August 31st. For instance, a student may re-apply again in the Spring, after an unsuccessful Fall application.
Previous URF recipients may apply in multiple years; however, the likelihood of receiving an award in two consecutive years is dependent upon funding constraints and the size and qualifications of the applicant pool.
Applicants must have a minimum overall in-residence UT GPA of 2.5.
Research projects must be independent. URFs will not fund UT-sponsored or specific class-associated research or travel (e.g., Study Abroad, seminars, etc.). Award limit is $1,000 per project. Applicant must meet eligibility requirements, and must receive endorsement by the supervisor. Only one qualified supervisor is allowed per project.
Information session: Wednesday, January 20, 2016, 11:00am to 12:00pm, FAC 328

** The Vice President for Research reserves the right to prioritize funding criteria (e.g., expected date of graduation, previous URFs received, GPA, number of students supervised by a professor, etc.) based upon the pool of applications received. **

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