Honors Program

Research, Funding, and Finding a Mentor

An Honors Manual for Undergraduate Research

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. If you are a current Honors student who would like to join a GSIR group, new sessions are formed at the beginning of each regular academic semester. Contact Dr. Barnes or Dr. Shannon Strahan.

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. Mary Kidd, mkidd@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 Nationally Competitive Fellowships.