Applicant/Participant Eligibility

    1. Interest in and a desire to actively participate in ongoing research projects
    2. Preference given to students with at least a 3.25 cumulative GPA
    3. Be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident
      • International students may apply only if currently enrolled at Texas A&M University in College Station
    4. Major in engineering, computer science or related math or science curriculum
    5. Completed sophomore year (at least 60 hours) by the end of Spring 2018
    6. Plan to graduate no sooner than December 2018
    7. Exceptions to the above (excluding graduation requirement; excluding citizenship requirement) will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Application Packet Requirements

    1. Completed application – submit online

      Faculty Mentor (for external applicants) --- 
      Although finding a faculty mentor at the time of application is optional for non-TAMU students, you are highly encouraged to research faculty members through department websites, communicate with them, and mention an interest in working with them in your personal statement. Contact if you have questions about this.

      Faculty Mentor (for current TAMU students)-- All current Texas A&M Univeristy - College Station students are required to find a faculty mentor at the time of application. Approval is required from the faculty mentor via one of the two recommendation letters or a brief acknowledgement email to indicating willingness to serve as your mentor during the duration of the summer, should you be accepted. 

    2. Personal Statement (minimum 500 words) – submit online
      • At the top, list 1-2 departments for which you would like to be considered. Applicants can list up to two departments due to the interdisciplinary nature of some research projects
      • What do you hope to gain from this experience / what is/are your objective(s) in participating in a research experience/USRG program?
      • What are your career plans after completing your undergraduate degree?
      • Describe any previous or current research experience.
      • Describe your research area(s) of interests within your field/major
      • Provide any other relevant information (student organizations, leadership, employment, honors, awards, etc.) that will help the selection committee in their decision
    3. Two (2) recommendation letters - submit online
      • Recommendations should be provided by a professor or supervisor under whom you have studied, taught, worked, and/or conducted undergraduate research. Your recommenders should be able to provide insight to your ability, potential and qualifications to succeed in a summer research program.
    4. Unofficial Transcript(s) - submit online
      • Both internal and external applicants MUST upload unofficial college transcripts that reflect grades up to summer 2017.
      • Internal applicants should submit the unofficial transcript (pdf version) found on the Howdy portal.
      • If you are accepted to the program, you will be required to submit an official transcript. Details will be provided at a later date.

Review and Selection

All completed application packets will be reviewed by respective department selection committees, including, but not limited to, the department head, associate head, undergraduate advisor(s), graduate advisor(s) and faculty representatives. Final selections will be reviewed by the USRG program.