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Models for Student Participation

Here are some ways that undergraduates typically participate in research.

Individual Project

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.