The Research Mentorship and Apprenticeship Program (Research-MAP) will provide a cohort of 10–15 students with professional development and research presentation experience, funding to support their activity as research assistants, and assistance connecting with a faculty mentor if they do not already have one. Research-MAP increases access to research on campus by providing research opportunities to underrepresented students and majors, first-time undergraduate researchers, and students with financial barriers to participating in research. The initial 2022–23 program is a collaboration between the UT Student Research Committee and the Office of Undergraduate Research, with sponsorship from the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs.
Students in the program will receive $2,000 in research assistantship funding in fall 2022 and $2,000 in spring 2023. With support from the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, Research-MAP will provide half of this funding; we’re asking faculty mentors (or their departments or colleges) to match this funding when possible.
Students can apply to be a part of Research-MAP whether they are already connected with a faculty mentor or need help connecting with one. Students in all majors can apply. You do not need to already be a part of a research project to apply for Research-MAP. Accepted students without a faculty mentor will be connected with one through the assistance of an OUR advisor. If an applicant already has a mentor, the mentor will be asked to provide some information and a letter of recommendation during the application process via the faculty information form.
Upcoming Research-MAP Info Sessions
Sign up for a Research-MAP info session here.
Thursday, Dec. 2, 4–5 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 24, 4–5 p.m.
Can’t make the info sessions? View the recording of the first info session under the Resources section of the OUR Canvas page.
Who can apply? Any UT student who will be a full-time undergraduate in 2022-23 can apply. The program is primarily geared toward students who are currently first- or second-year students, and who are just beginning (or are hoping to soon begin) their engagement with research.
How will students be selected? Selection will be based on student financial need, essay, and other application materials, with the goal of increasing access to research for a cohort of students from backgrounds that are underrepresented in the research pipeline, which may include students from underrepresented racial or ethnic backgrounds, first-generation college students, those with fewer financial resources, and women in some STEM fields (e.g., Foertsch, 2019). Selection criteria include the quality of the student essay; the relevance of research to their career or degree plan; their demonstrated interest in a research topic; the potential benefit of research to the student’s personal goals.
Do I need a faculty mentor already? No. If you’re accepted into the program and do not yet have a faculty mentor, OUR advisors will work with you in the spring to connect with a mentor.
What is the timeline for the program? Applications are due Jan. 31, 2022. Students will be notified of acceptance in February 2022. In March and April, the cohort will meet for professional development workshops and to finalize the process of matching with faculty mentors. The funded research assistantships will take place in fall 2022 and spring 2023, during which time the cohort will continue to meet. Members of the cohort will present their work at on-campus research events in spring 2023.
Do students apply for this, or professors? Students apply, and the selection process takes into account their financial need. Faculty who are especially interested in being part of Research-MAP can encourage students to apply who they think would be competitive candidates. Interested faculty can also complete a faculty interest form, which we’ll use to help match accepted students to faculty.
What if I’m already doing research? The program is geared toward students who have not yet begun a research assistantship, or who will be completing their first full semester as a research assistant in spring 2022. If you’ve already been conducting research for a semester or more, this program is not a good fit for you.
Applications for The Research Mentorship and Apprenticeship Program are due Monday, Jan. 31. As part of the application form, you’ll be asked to provide information about your financial need, upload a resume, and respond to the following prompt (500 words): Why are you interested in conducting research? What topics are you interested in researching? How do you think participating in research will benefit your academic/professional/personal goals? Is there anything else you’d like us to know?