UGROW Application Guidelines

Definition of Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate research is an inquiry or investigation conducted by one or more under graduate 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 at any of the Research Project Discussion Sessions in Comanche Suites
  • Expected graduation date no earlier than next spring semester


If you are accepted in 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 Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities 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
  • Create a poster to disseminate results from your project
  • Participate in all assessment activities


Instructions for completing the application:

  1. Download the application and complete all fields. Applications with incomplete information will not be considered.
  2. After filling out all application fields, save your application as a PDF (Portable Document Format) file with the naming convention firstname_lastname.
  3. Obtain an unofficial copy of your transcripts as follows:
    1. Go to WebWorld
    2. Log into your MWSU account
    3. Access your student records by clicking on 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
  4. Send application and the unofficial copy of your transcript electronically to Dr. Rincón-Zachary
    (e-mail Write on the subject field of the e-mail “UGROW application.”