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Undergraduate and Graduate Research Programs and Funding

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

The National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) provides Fellowships to individuals selected early in their graduate careers based on their demonstrated potential for significant achievements in STEM. Three years of financial support are provided by the program for graduate study that leads to a research-based master’s or doctoral degree in STEM or STEM education. Seniors, first-year, and second-year graduate students are eligible to apply. Stipends are $34,000 per year plus $12,000 cost of education allowance. Refer to the following for additional information:

NSF GRFP Website:

NSF GRFP PowerPoint Presentation (in PDF)



The URECA! (Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity) Program provides monetary assistance for undergraduates who pursue research and creative activities at Tennessee Tech through academic year mini-grants, summer grants with stipends, and travel grants for students and their accompanying faculty mentors. The mini-grants are for the academic year with a maximum award of $1,000, and the summer grants are for a maximum of $4,000 including a stipend. Undergraduate researchers and their faculty mentors can also apply for travel grants.

For more information, please visit the Office of the Provost.

REU: Research Experiences for Undergraduates

The National Science Foundation offers the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program to support active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the NSF. REU projects involve students in ongoing research programs or projects specifically designed for the REU program. According to the National Science Foundation website, REU Sites are "based on independent proposals to initiate and conduct projects that engage a number of students in research. REU Sites may be based in a single discipline or academic department or may offer interdisciplinary or multi-department research opportunities with a coherent intellectual theme." The following are the two programs being offered by Tennessee Tech:

REU Site: Summer Research Internships in Manufacturing and Techno-Entrepreneurship Preparation (Contact: Dr. Joseph Biernacki and Dr. Indranil Bhattacharya, College of Engineering)

REU: Security and Privacy-Preserving Cyber Physical Systems (Contact: Dr. Mohamed Mahmoud, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Manufacturing Center)

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