Undergraduate research and creative achievement deliver numerous benefits to individual faculty members and the institutions they serve. An intellectually stimulating and dynamic campus environment reaches beyond the immediate group of faculty and student scholars to build a strong legacy for the future. A collaborative scholarly and creative atmosphere attracts motivated students and talented and committed faculty and staff members. The broader the involvement, the more likely that diverse perspectives will enrich and encourage the exchange of ideas.
The Office of Undergraduate Research offers resources for faculty interested in mentoring undergraduate researchers. Mentoring students is a rewarding experience and valuable for both the faculty member and the student.
Faculty can post research and creative work positions for undergraduates. Positions can be for pay, volunteer, or academic credit. Opportunities can be through structured UT programs, independent projects, or general research support.
To add a position, login to ugexplore.utk.edu with your UT NetID and password. Then click “Create Opportunity” and complete the form. View your applicants in the system and send Accept, Decline, or Interview Requested emails. You can return as needed to create additional postings.
Faculty can request the addition of a Research (R) designation to a new or existing course that meets a defined criteria for research inclusion. The R-designation will appear on the student’s transcript allowing confirmation of participation by graduate schools and employers. The deadline to apply is October 15 of each year. To view the requirements, visit: http://ugresearch.utk.edu/faculty/r-designation/.
Faculty can apply for up to $750 in support for the incorporation of undergraduate research (UGR) projects and assignments into courses, including conversion of an existing course into an R-designated course. Curriculum grants support revisions to both upper and lower division courses. Contact the Office of Undergraduate Research at firstname.lastname@example.org if interested.
Funding for undergraduate research assistants is available on a competitive application basis. Applications are different depending on the term:
Work-study Research Assistants (Fall, Spring, or Summer)
Semester Research Assistants (Fall or Spring)
Faculty interested in including undergraduate research funds in their federal, state, and foundation proposals or those interested in applying for NSF REU Site or Supplemental funding for undergraduate researchers. Contact the Office of Undergraduate Research at email@example.com to set up an appointment.
As the University roles out its new faculty performance software, Elements, we would like to provide guidance on how to enter your undergraduate research mentoring activities. View instructions or download a handout with screen shots here.