Honors Program

Research, Funding, and Finding a Mentor

Resources for developing a faculty mentor relationship:

GSIR: The "Getting Started in Research" Module

For a brainstorming session about how to begin this process: send Dr. Barnes three possible appointment times.

Resources for current undergraduate research:

URECA! The TTU Undergraduate Research Program Grants for undergraduate research in collaboration with faculty. Director of Undergraduate Research: Dr. Ed Lisic, edlisic@tntech.edu

Udall Scholarship Highly competitive national research award for environmental studies in all fields, tribal public policy research, or Native American health care. Campus representative: Dr. Dan Combs, drcombs@tntech.edu

Goldwater Scholarship For undergraduate researchers in science, math, and engineering. Highly competitive on a national level. Campus representative: Dr. Jeanette Wolak, jwolak@tntech.edu

Truman Scholarship "Change agents" with a track record of innovative action and a strong drive for a career in public policy areas should explore this extremely competitive venue. Make an appointment with Dr. Rita Barnes.*

Gilman Scholarship for Study Abroad For Pell Grant-eligible students accepted to academic programs abroad. See Study Abroad Coordinator Amy Miller, almiller@tntech.edu.

The Critical Languages Scholarship Program offers ten- to twelve-week intensive language and cultural immersion in thirteen critical-need languages with the goal of broadening the number of U.S. citizens in diverse walks of life who are familiar with these languages. See Dr. Barnes.*

National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Provides opportunities to spend approximately ten weeks as part of NSF-funded research projects at universities around the country. After finding a program that interests you on the website, consult with your faculty advisor in your department about ways to strengthen your application. Many Tech Honors students have successfully won REU placements; Honors can put you in touch with someone who would be glad to share their perspective with you!

*Please make an appointment with Dr. Barnes if you would like to discuss a competitive scholarship after you have consulted the linked information. Plan to begin your process at least one year in advance for the national-level programs. To make an appointment, send three possible meeting times to ritabarnes@tntech.edu.

Nationally competitive graduate-level fellowships

Prestigious fellowships such as the Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell, Schwarzmann, Fulbright, and others take at least a year of planning and preparation before their fall deadlines during your senior year. See Dr. Barnes if you would like to discuss the process. For the U.S. Fulbright scholarship, see Dr. Debbie Barnard, dbarnard@tntech.edu.