Here are some ways that undergraduates typically participate in research.
Individual research includes theses, independent studies, honors projects, and creative projects. This model of research allows students to create a product that reflects their unique interests, as well as their passion and commitment to learning.
Assistance on a Research Project
Serving as a research assistant involves working with a faculty member or graduate student on an existing research project. Such an experience provides students with valuable training in how to conduct research. As a research assistant, they typically assist with a project rather than conduct their own study. It is not uncommon for graduate students to take a large role in supervising an undergraduate research assistant.
Study Abroad Program with a Research Component
Study abroad can provide excellent opportunities for students to pursue research and gain cross-cultural skills and experiences. The Study Abroad Office helps make international learning experiences available to every student. Depending on the study abroad program, students may need or want a UT-affiliated faculty mentor, in addition to supervising faculty at the research site.