Definition of Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate research is an inquiry or investigation conducted by one or more undergraduate students, with faculty guidance, that attempts to make an intellectual, creative, or applied contribution to one or more disciplines (adopted by the MSU Quality Enhancement Plan, Spring 2013)


  • Major GPA of 3.0
  • Overall GPA of 2.75
  • The support of two faculty members as potential references
  • Attendance to the Faculty Research Seminar
  • Currently enrolled 
  • Expected graduation date of Fall or Spring (August graduates are not eligible)

 If you are accepted into the program, the following is expected from you:

  • Enroll in UGROW 4900 in the summer
  • Attend all planned workshops and meetings
  • Complete dedication to the research project
  • Present results from your project at the UGROW Summer Symposium and the Fall UGRCA Forum 
  • Present results from your project at professional society, if an opportunity arises
  • Enter your project for scholarly competition, if an opportunity arises
  • Write a summary of your project and results along with your views on the UGROW experience
  • Participate in all assessment activities

 Instructions for completing the application:

  1. Check out this year's research projects.
  2. Follow the link to the Google Form application.
  3. Complete all required fields on the application form. This includes two essay questions:
    1. Write a thoughtful, articulate and well-constructed short essay about your long-term plans and career goals. Please discuss how these pertain to your interest in your major (and minor) fields of study, potential plans for post-baccalaureate work, and your long-term aspirations for your career. Use the space provided (250 words maximum).
    2. Write a thoughtful, articulate and well-constructed short essay on how your participation in UGROW will help you progress towards your career goals. Include a short discussion on why you want to participate in UGROW, how UGROW will benefit you, and what you expect from UGROW (600 words maximum)
  4. Obtain an unofficial copy of your transcripts as follows:
    1. Go to WebWorld/Banner
    2. Log into your MSU Texas account
    3. Access your student records by clicking on the student tab
    4. Save your transcript by clicking on file save as Web Page Only (not Web Page Complete)
      1. Use the naming convention firstname_lastname.htm to save your transcript. For example, if your name is John Smith, save your transcript as john_smith.htm
  5. Send a pdf of the unofficial copy of your transcript electronically to Write on the subject field of the e-mail “UGROW application.”

Please feel free to contact the program directors for further information.