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Undergraduate Research Fellowships (URF)

Undergraduate Research Fellowships (URF) support undergraduate research and creative projects at Texas State University. Every semester the URF committee awards between 5 and 10 competitive scholarships of up to $1000 to students seeking funding for their projects. Fellowships are awarded for projects such as Honors theses and independent studies as well as for Capstone projects or for original work done under the umbrella of faculty-directed research.  Undergraduates of all majors are eligible. Membership in the Honors College is not required to apply.

The Review Period for Spring 2019 research funding is




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  • Spring 2019 URF Recipients

    • Title: Effect of Yogic Breathing on Microvascular Endothelial Function and Pain Perception in Participants with IBS

      Supervisor:  Dr. Stacy Hunter, Department of Health and Human Performance


    • Title: Effects of Increased Dissolved Oxygen Concentration on Beneficial Microbiology in Hydroponic Systems

      Supervisor: Dr. Nicole Wagner, Department of Agriculture


    • Title: Impacts of Utensil Distribution on Home Cooking Behavior Among Food Pantry Clients

      Supervisor: Ms. Hannah Thornton, School of Family and Consumer Sciences


    • TitleThe Outcomes of Therapy Delivered via Telepractice for a Child with Autism

      Supervisor: Dr. Maria Resendiz, College of Health Professions


    • Title: Community Health Screening and Education through Laboratory Science (CHS&E) Workshop Analysis

      Supervisor: Ms. Joanna Ellis, Clinical Laboratory Science


    • Title: Poly(lactic acid)-b-poly(ethylene glycol) (PLA-PEG) nanoparticles as agents for dual photothermal and chemotherapeutic treatment of cancer

      Supervisor: Dr. Tania Betancourt, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry


    • Title: Functional Microbial Isolation From Complex Mixtures

      Supervisor: Dr. Shannon Weigum, Department of Biology


    • TitleAs the Water Gets too High: Texas and the Fight Against Sea Level Rise

      Supervisor: Dr. Cindy Royal, School of Journalism and Mass Communication


    • TitleGlobal Assessment of Mercury Concentrations in Whale Sharks

      Supervisor: Dr. Jessica Dutton, Department of Biology


    • TitleMolecular analysis of West Nile virus strains in Texas

      Supervisor: Dr. Ditmar Hahn, Department of Biology


  • Fall 2018 URF Recipients

    • Title: The Use of Raman Spectroscopy to Identify Postmortem Time of Human Remains

      Supervisor:  Dr. Daniel Wescott, Department of Anthropology


    • Title: The Effects of Direct Instruction versus Question-Based Instruction  on Exploratory Learning in Children

      Supervisor: Dr. Jennifer M. Clegg, Department of Psychology 


    • Title: Correlating Time Series of Biometric and Motion Capture Data by Building a Visual Interface Application

      Supervisor: Dr. Francis Mendez, Department of Computer Information Systems & Quantitative Methods


    • Title: The Effects of Calcium-Sensing Receptor Inhibition in Obesity-Associated Invasive Prostate Cancer

      Supervisor: Dr. Ramona Salcedo-Price, School of Family and Consumer Sciences


    • Title: A Tale of Two Tunnels: Exploring the Design and Cultural Difference Between the Houston Tunnel System and RESO (Underground City, Montreal)

      Supervisor: Dr. Russell Weaver, Department of Geography


    • Title: Computerizing the Texas State Observatory Telescope

      Supervisor: Dr. Blagoy Rangelov, Department of Physics


    • Title: Exploring Anthraquinone Derivatives for Non-Aqueous Redox Flow Batteries

      Supervisor: Dr. Todd W Hudnall, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry


    • TitleImproved Methods for Continuous Manufacturing of Polymeric Nanoparticles for Drug Delivery Using a Fiber Fluidic System

      Supervisor: Dr. Tania Betancourt, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry


    • TitleElectrospun Electroactive Polymer Nanocomposites for Water Purification via Photocatalysis

      Supervisor: Dr. Jennifer Irvin, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry


    • TitleABCC4's Effect on Pigment Granule Aggregation in Mice

      Supervisor: Dr. Dana Garcia, Department of Biology


    • TitleIncorporating Accessibility Into Theme Parks

      Supervisor: Dr. Floyd Quinn, Department of Management


    • Title: Adventures in Periodicals

      Supervisor: Dr. Kathryn R. Ledbetter, Department of English


    • TitleIdentity Performances of Minority Students at MSIs

      Supervisor: Dr. Eleanor Close, Department of Physics


    • TitleA "Tolkien" Opportunity

      Supervisor: Dr. Robert Tally, Department of English


    • TitleWeathering Patterns of Diesel

      Supervisor: Dr. William Hoffmann, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry


    • Title: Investigating a Tumor Supressor Protein (p16INKa) in Danio Rerio (Zebrafish)

      Supervisor: Dr.Dana Garcia, Department of Biology


    • Title: Radio Communication with Satellites 

      Supervisor: Dr. Blagoy Rangelov, Department of Physics


    • TitleThe Intent of U.S. Sanctions: The United States’ Posture Toward Iran and North Korea

      Supervisor: Dr. Ronald Johnson, Department of History


    • TitleThe impact of "Global English" on Foreign Language Learner Motivation

      Supervisor: Dr. Peter Golato, Department of Modern Languages


    • TitleBacteriophage Mediated P. aeruginosa Biofilm Dispersal

      Supervisor: Dr. Manish Kumar, Department of Biology


    • Title: Testing The Limits and Damned Interfering Video Activists Television: Revivals of the Lost AIDS Generation

      Supervisor: Dr. Erina Duganne, School of Art & Design


Below are previous URF applications. Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend a Pre-Application Workshop to ensure proper formatting of their proposal.

  • URF funding may only be used for equipment, tools, supplies or services required to conduct a project. URF funding may be used for travel to conduct research, but not to present a paper at an external conference. If you are searching for funding to present your research at a conference, please see our page, "Funding your Research" for ideas on where to get this kind of funding. You may also want to apply for the Rising S.T.A.R. grant, or contact to inquire if Honors currently has funding available to send students to conferences.

    The URF committee encourages undergraduates (not just Honor students) from all colleges and majors to apply. URF recipients must complete their projects within one academic year of receiving the award. In addition, recipients must be enrolled as undergraduates for the duration of the project.

    • All majors and engaged in all types of research
    • Encourages applications from sophomores and juniors who are conducting research for the honors thesis or for thesis projects in their majors. 
    • First-year students are welcome to apply, too, but priority is usually given to students who have a record of scholarly excellence and mentoring relationships with faculty at Texas State. 
    • Seniors, too, are encouraged to apply; however, all fellowship recipients must complete and present their work while they are still actively enrolled as undergraduates. Seniors who are planning to graduate before completing their research or who will not be returning to Texas State to present their work are ineligible.
    • Past recipients are also eligible to apply for a second fellowship, but the limit is two fellowships per student, and preference is usually given to first-time applicants. 
  • Fellowship recipients have up to one calendar year to use their funds, and are expected to present their research to the Texas State community soon after completion.

    Recent and past recipients may be asked to participate in informational workshops for new applicants or to otherwise serve as ambassadors for the fellowship program.

    Present Your Research
    • While many recipients choose to present their work at the Honors Thesis Forum or the Undergraduate Research Conference, the fellowship committee also encourages applicants to suggest original ideas for presenting their work. 
    • Gallery of the Common Experience: recipients may request to display their creative projects in the housed in the Honors College
    • Host a dialogue in the Honors Coffee Forum. 
    • TXSTUR the Interdisciplinary Journal of Undergraduate Research at Texas State.
  • All application materials must be submitted via the electronic application below. Applications can only be submitted once and cannot be saved and edited at a later date. To apply, you will need to prepare the following required materials prior to starting the electronic application.  

    1. Proposal: Your proposal should introduce the questions or problems that motivate your research and explain how your project will address those questions.  Be sure to include an appropriate amount of context for readers outside of your fields.  This might entail, for example, a brief review of relevant literature, a description of a theoretical framework, or a historical summary.
    If your research is part of a group or faculty-led project, please make clear in your proposal what your individual or original contribution will be (maximum 750 words).

    *Special instructions for students in Science and Engineering: please include discussions of methods, analysis, interpretation, and possible findings, as well as a timeline for your research project in your Proposal document. In your Project Timeline, please discuss your plans for presenting and publishing your research, as well as any plans for continuing your research beyond your URF project.

    2. Project Timeline: Your project timeline should provide a stage-by-stage description of your research agenda and project your completion date.  In the project timeline, you should also discuss your plans for presenting your research to the Texas State community, and, if applicable, your intentions for publishing your work (maximum 500 words).

    3. Budget Narrative: Include the dollar amount you are requesting, up to $1,000, a brief description of your research expenses, and an accounting table (one page).

    4. Academic CV or Resume

    5. Letter of Recommendation: Your faculty research sponsor should be prepared to submit a letter of recommendation on your behalf. The letter of recommendation should comment not only on your general academic abilities, but also on your potential as a researcher and on the quality of your research proposal.  Therefore, your sponsor should be intimately familiar with your project prior to drafting your letter.  After you submit the application form, the fellowship committee will use the contact information provided to request a letter directly from your sponsor. Letters of recommendation must be submitted no later than Wednesday, February 13 at 5:00PM. Please notify your faculty research sponsor of this requirement and deadline.

    See bottom of page for sample applications.

    For more information please contact the Honors College at

  • The Honors College offers two preparatory URF workshops per semester to help students prepare their applications. If you would like to attend a workshop please sign-up here. Each workshop is limited to 20 students.

    Workshop 1:

    Friday, January 25, 2019 | 11:30am - 1:00pm | LAMP 501

    Workshop 2:

    Friday, February 1, 2019 | 11:30am - 1:00pm | LAMP 501


  • To view a list of previous recipients click here.

  • Support for this fund derives from several university and non-university entities including the following:

    Honors College: Funding available to support Honors Thesis research.

    Office of the Provost: Funding available to support research in any field.

    Freeman Ranch Fund: Funding available to support research that is conducted at the Freeman Ranch.

    Tri-M Foundation Research: Funding available to support research and creative projects in the media and arts.

    Office of Research and Sponsored Programs General Research Fund: Funding available from the Associate Vice President of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs to support research in any field.

    College and Specific Fund: Multiple allotments available, funding from various colleges.

    Proposals may qualify for funding from more than one source. Applicants for URF funding can indicate any special funding category (such as Freeman Ranch, Honors Thesis, College of Liberal Arts, etc...) for which they are applying during the online application process.