Category Archives: Research Opportunities

Publish Your Humanities Research!

The Searcher is a new academic journal sponsored by the Department of English that provides undergraduate students with the opportunity to publish scholarly work in the humanities. By offering a broad platform for multiple disciplines, we hope to highlight how meaningful themes emerge and span across the humanities. Any and all research is welcome, but we especially encourage English literature research.

We are currently open to submissions and would love to showcase the outstanding research students have accomplished, whether for class or independently. We accept works under 2,000 words for our e-journal and works over 2,000 words for our print journal—a copy of which will be provided for free to contributors! Submit to the print journal by April 24th, 11:59 PM via the link here!

Participate in the Black Research Showcase!

Texas BHSA’s Black Research Showcase is an opportunity for our Black honors students to show off their research and offer them the chance to develop key professional skills, as well as benefit from the feedback of like-minded individuals. The event will take place Friday, April 26th.

We are looking for individuals interested in sharing their research findings and building skills in public speaking and showcase the interdisciplinary research you have developed throughout their time here at UT. We want to emphasize that your research can be at any stage of development — from proposal to a thesis! If you are interested in participating, please fill out the form via the link here.

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Workshop

The Senate of College Councils Undergraduate Research Committee is hosting a Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Workshop this Wednesday, November 9th from 4-5 p.m. in UNB 2.102. The workshop is designed to introduce undergraduates to summer research opportunities at other universities. The workshop will feature a brief presentation on important application components, a panel led by program directors, and a student mixer talking about their summer research experiences.


Call for Applications: The Mellon Engaged Scholar Initiative

Call for Applications: The Mellon Engaged Scholar Initiative 

Undergraduate Fellowship Program (2022-23 Cohort)

The Mellon Engaged Scholar Initiative is excited to invite applications for our 2022-23 Undergraduate Fellows cohort. ESI is a highly selective research program that provides training, mentoring, and financial support to COLA undergraduates as they pursue social justice research and advocacy work.

Over the course of the fellowship year, ESI Fellows learn how to design major community-based projects in partnership with local nonprofits and activist groups. These Capstone projects are shaped both by students’ personal interests and by the needs of the community members or groups students are working with. ESI Fellows gain invaluable professional experience in implementing complex, real-world projects involving multiple stakeholders. They also get the chance to pursue research that is deeply meaningful to them. Many Fellows choose to pursue projects that celebrate their communities, address equity gaps that have long troubled them, or honor cultural experiences that have historically been misrepresented or undervalued in academic spaces.

The ESI program offers students:

  • A yearlong non-credit seminar that guides students through every phase of designing, conducting research, and successfully creating their Capstone projects
  • Individualized mentorship tailored to Fellows’ projects, research interests, professional goals
  • Opportunities to learn from past Graduate and Undergraduate Fellows, as well from a slate of guest speakers including community leaders, activists, and artists
  • Support throughout the graduate admissions and/or job search process
  • Financial support in the form of the ESI stipend of $6000 and a $1000 project budget


  • Minimum of 3.2 G.P.A.
  • Junior or Senior class standing by Fall 2022
  • Preference will be given to College of Liberal Arts students majoring in Humanities or Humanistic Social Science disciplines
  • Citizens and non-U.S. citizens eligible to apply
  • Must be able to commit to the ESI Fellowship expectations* (see our website for additional details)

* Please note that all Undergraduate Fellows are expected to attend the weekly ESI meeting, a non-credit seminar/workshop series that is designed to introduce students to key questions, challenges, and best practices in community-engaged scholarship. Lack of active participation and involvement with the Cohort may lead to dismissal from the ESI Fellowship.

Who should apply for ESI? 

No prior experience in community-engaged research is required. We’ve made a list below of the qualities we’ve observed help students thrive in ESI. If most or all apply to you, we’d love to read your application.

  • I am a junior or senior with a humanities or social sciences major. I have a 3.2 GPA or higher.
  • I am committed to building a more just world where all people can thrive. I am passionate about honoring, strengthening, or addressing inequities in the communities in which I live and work.
  • I have a clear sense of my intellectual passions and personal values. I know what I care about and why it’s important to me.
  • I enjoy building relationships with other people and learning from others’ perspectives. I’m eager to collaborate with faculty, peers, and community groups who are working on issues I care about.
  • I find it exciting to pursue independent projects where I have to teach myself new skills, evaluate different paths, and persevere through setbacks.
  • I have good project and time management skills (or, I am eager and willing to learn new strategies for effectively managing complex projects).
  • I am not already overcommitted with other jobs, internships, or research commitments. I am confident that I can dedicate 9 hours per week to ESI project work.
  • I can commit to consistently attending the required ESI seminar.

Application Requirements: Interested applicants to apply via this link.

Scroll down to the bottom to upload the following:

  1. Resume
  2. Application form

Application Deadline: October 2nd 2022, 11:59 pm 

Select applicants will be invited for Zoom interviews in late early October.

Questions: Agnes Savich (

Website Please visit us on Twitter @UTMellonESI for more information about the program and for testimonials from our current Undergraduate Fellows.

Dear Longhorn researchers,

Rice University is once again hosting the Gulf Coast Undergraduate Research Symposium (GCURS) in Houston this fall; interested students can apply at This year, the symposium will be on Saturday, Oct. 8.

GCURS provides undergraduate researchers the opportunity to present original research discoveries to scholars from around the world. Participants give 10-to-15-minute individual presentations which include a question-and-answer period. Following the presentations, faculty mentors provide feedback to each student. Past participants have shared that GCURS helps to foster interdisciplinary, intercollegiate fellowship. Here is a video overview of the symposium – it’s high-energy, exciting, and presenters get a lot of value out of it.

Accommodations are provided to accepted participants traveling to Houston from outside the area, and limited travel awards are available. In addition, students are encouraged to explore funding opportunities from their home institution.

The application is now open and the deadline is Sept. 1.

Robert V. Reichle, Ph.D. (he/him/his) (

For more information: Flyer GCURS 22-6

Fall 2022 – Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program

The College of Liberal Arts would like to invite you to apply for The College’s Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program (URAP) for the Fall 2022 semester. The program provides a structured opportunity for students to be exposed to and learn about research and exploration in the many different disciplines within Liberal Arts.  It involves both training and active involvement in research projects under the mentorship of faculty and is intended to prepare students for their own independent research activities prior to graduation.

For each fall semester, six COLA units (departments, centers, or initiatives) will offer an organized research experience for a cluster of students accepted to URAP. Developed and tailored to each unit’s respective disciplinary/interdisciplinary tradition, activities will be built around a key theme, research project, or set of projects and will involve cluster of apprentices regardless their level of research experience or training. Each unit’s semester-long Cohort URAP will be headed by a faculty advisor and a graduate student mentor.


The deadline to apply for Fall 2022 is 5 p.m. May 6, 2022.  

More information about the program can be found on our website.

You can access the application here.

If you have any questions, please contact Liz Clayton.

McNair Scholars | 2022-23 Application Still Open

The application for McNair Scholars is still open. McNair, part of the U.S. Department of Education’s funded TRIO programs, guides first-generation and low-income and/or underrepresented students into Ph.D. programs, and provides funding to assist with that process.  

Applications are now due Friday, 15 April11:59P Central, but interested students are encouraged to submit as soon as possible. The Longhorn Center for Academic Equity will begin the review and interview process on a rolling basis.

There are additional info sessions scheduled via Zoom. Students can find details about these sessions on the attached flyer and on the website

Students can email Dr. Nabeeha Chaudhary, McNair’s Senior Student Program Coordinator,, with questions

Research Week 2022: Panel discussion on research and careers!

Research Week 2022 is getting closer with some events starting this week, including Communication Studies Week and a panel discussion on housing with Austin Mayor Steve Adler. Of note to those of you wondering how research might impact your career, we invite you to attend next week’s panel discussion hosted by the Office of Undergraduate Research and Texas Career Engagement:

Longhorn Research Student and Alumni Panel

Wednesday, April 13, 2022 5:30pm – 6:30pm CDT

Flawn Academic Center (FAC), 2.236 Texas Career Engagement Office

Research has benefits that are more than just academic — it can also feed into your career! In this panel discussion, current undergraduate researchers and recent alumni will talk about how their research experiences have prepared them for success in their careers, graduate school, and beyond. FREE PIZZA will be available to attendees as well!

Register to attend:

New Archival Research Scholarship

The Ransom Center is launching a new competition with cash prizes for outstanding undergraduate researchers!

The Schuchard Undergraduate Archival Research Prize is a new Ransom Center program offering cash awards for outstanding student work based on research in our collections! First Place Prize is $1,000, Second Place is $700, and our Honorable Mention for lower-division students is $300. Winners will receive certificates and be honored at a small ceremony at the Ransom Center. All UT undergraduates who’ve completed or are in-progress on an academic project involving research in our collections are strongly encouraged to apply!


Applicants must complete an application form and provide a cover letter, writing sample of their work, and contact information for a faculty member willing to provide a short paragraph of support. A full letter of recommendation is not necessary. Applications will be evaluated by a panel of UT faculty and Ransom Center staff.


Applications are due April 1, and winners will be announced in early May.

Check out our website for more information and a link to the application form, and don’t hesitate to reach out to if you have any questions.