The Undergraduate Research Initiative is a recent initiative developed by the Honors College and the Office of the Provost's AVP for Research and Federal Relations. This program offers all undergraduate students funding opportunities to enhance education through faculty-supervised research. By offering students research opportunities to both on and off campus resources, we hope to continue increasing the prestige of Texas State University as a research institution
Encouraging undergraduate research across the Texas State campus is the primary mission of the Undergraduate Research Initiative; another aspect of this mission is to introduce students to the proposal writing and competitive grant application process, which is used by many government profit, and non-profit organizations to fund educational research and developmental projects. Our goal is to provide inquisitive undergrads with the instruction, guidance, funding, and connections they need to conduct resesarch in a chosen field -- which may be interdisciplinary and may cross traditional academic boundaries. Through SURF, we offer students the opportunity to develop and explore independent research interests and present their results to the University community.
Contributions from the Mind Science Foundation, the Tri-M Foundation, the AVP for Research, the Honors College, and the colleges of Science and Engineering, Health Professions, and Education support Texas State's first Student Undergraduate Research Fund (SURF). This fund will support independent undergraduate research across campus. All full- or part-time undergraduate students are welcome to propose independent research or creative projects. Students are required to present their work at the Undergraduate Research Conference in the spring semester, the Honors Thesis Forum presentations in the fall semester, or at another campus venue, approved by the Undergraduate Research Advisor. Although a faculty advisor is required for these projects, projects do not have to relate to the student's major or minor courses of study.