The Office of Undergraduate Research offers a Semester Research Assistants Program to support faculty members interested in directing undergraduate students conducting research. This program is designed to support both faculty and student engagement and collaboration while pursuing original research and exposing the student to the research process. Faculty will receive $1,500 to pay the student researcher (up to $15 per hour through payroll) and a $250 stipend for materials.
- Applications for Fall Semester Research Assistants open on March 1 and close on March 22
- Applications for Spring Semester Research Assistants open on November 1 and close the Wednesday before Thanksgiving
- Fall award notifications are made approximately two to three weeks after submissions close and spring awards announced in May.
- Funding is for one semester only
- Only one project abstract per faculty member will be considered
- Priority will be given to new proposals during each submission period, though previously awarded proposals will still be considered, especially when new students are selected
- Selected students must be enrolled full-time as an undergraduate student at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville
- Priority should be given to students who have not held a research position previously
- Selected students will be required to attend two undergraduate research seminars of their choice from the Office of Undergraduate Research Seminar Series.
- Faculty members who apply for the program must have a teaching or research appointment (either full or part time)
- Faculty members who accept Semester Research Assistants Program funding agree to judge future SRAP submissions.
- SRAP recipients also agree to judge research projects at the Exhibition of Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement (EUReCA) held each spring.
Faculty members must submit an application to the Office of Undergraduate Research through the website. A committee will review applications using the following criteria:
- Project abstracts can include the significance of the project, its potential impact on the field of study, its effect on the concepts, methods, technologies, treatments, services or preventive interventions in the field.
- Mentoring strategies and philosophy of the faculty involved.
- Description of how you see this project furthering your research goals.
- Description of why an undergraduate student is necessary for the project and how the student can benefit from the project they will be working.
- Does the project have any external or internal funding? Funding Source?
If approved, it is the faculty member’s job to advertise and promote the position in any way they see appropriate. We recommend the use of Explore, the university’s central database for open UGR positions. Once a student is selected, the faculty member will then send the Office of Undergraduate Research the acceptance letter signed by the faculty and student. This letter will detail the terms of the appointment (sample).
Once the acceptance letter has been sent to the Office of Undergraduate Research, funds will be transferred to the faculty member’s department and the student may start.