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Program Requirements

The purpose of the USRG program is to involve outstanding students who have completed their sophomore year and are interested in pursuing graduate studies. We anticipate that these students will make a contribution to ongoing faculty research and, more importantly, gain an appreciation for and an interest in research.

Each participant will receive a $5000 grant/scholarship in three disbursements. The program will also:

  1. provide tuition and fees for one credit hour of a required research course;
  2. provide housing or a housing allowance; and
  3. provide up to $400 for travel expenses for external participants.
Applicant Eligibility
  1. Interest in and a desire to actively participate in ongoing research projects
  2. Minimum 3.25 cumulative GPA (exceptions can be made on a case-by-case basis)
  3. Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
       • International students may apply only if currently enrolled at Texas A&M University
  4. Major in engineering or related science or math curriculum
  5. Completed sophomore year (at least 60 hours) by the end of Spring 2014 (exceptions can be made on a case-by-case basis)
  6. Plan to graduate no sooner than December 2014
Participant Requirements and Expectations
  1. Texas state law (SB 1107) requires that all students (under age 22) entering an institution of higher education in Texas to either receive a bacterial meningitis vaccination or meet certain criteria for declining such vaccination
  2. Participate in residence and in all USRG activities for the entire 10-week session
  3. Participants may not be enrolled in additional courses during the entire 10-week summer period, other than the required independent study/research course.
  4. Complete program surveys
  5. Expected to commit at least 40 hours a week
      • Includes research hours worked determined by the research mentor
      • Includes mandatory USRG activities
  6. Complete deliverables by deadline:
      • Surveys
      • Curriculum vita
      • Research plan
      • Progress report
      • Abstract
      • Paper
      • Poster
      • Poster presentation
  7. The program administrators reserve the right to reduce or revoke stipend amount, and/or lower final course grade, and/or dismiss participant from the program at any time should requirements and expectations not be met.
  8. As a USRG participant, you will be enrolled as a TAMU student and will be expected to follow excused absence rules found at for all USRG activities
  9. All vacations (except for weekends) must be approved by the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs. At the time of acceptance, participants must notify the USRG coordinator of any pre-planned extended vacations in order to provide the Associate Dean time to review the request and, if approved, make necessary scheduling and assignment arrangements.

The application deadline is 5:00 pm, February 10, 2014. Deadline extended to 5:00 pm, February 17, 2014.


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