Departments and labs participate in USRG based on the admitted applicants’ areas of interest.

The College of Engineering is the largest college on the Texas A&M campus with more than 500 faculty members and more than 16,000 engineering undergraduate and graduate students in our 14 departments.

We encourage you to explore Texas A&M’s College of Engineering programs, faculty, and research before you apply to USRG!   

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Participants Receive:

  • Supervision by a COE faculty member and postdoctoral fellow or advanced graduate student
  • Weekly seminars on issues directly related to the academic, personal and professional growth of graduate students
  • Constructive feedback on the need for further undergraduate courses and acquisition of additional laboratory skills
  • Opportunity to possibly co-author a scientific paper with the faculty mentor
  • Exposure to state of the art research laboratories in COE departments and interdisciplinary centers
  • A weekly stipend
  • University housing (students are responsible for their food expenses)
  • Access to campus facilities (library, athletic, and health facilities)

Program Features

  • Welcome barbecue
  • Weekly seminars directly related to graduate school
  • GRE Handbook and GRE Test Prep Course
  • Preparation of an abstract, research paper, and graduate school statement of purpose
  • Poster presentation at the end of the program


Each participant will receive a $5,000 stipend paid out as a competitive scholarship. 

Male recipients of this scholarship must provide the institituion (via the USRG program upon starting the program) proof of meeting Selective Service registration requirements or being exempt per the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Rule 21.2263.

The program will also:

  1. provide tuition and fees for one credit hour of a required research course;
  2. provide housing or a housing allowance;
  3. and provide up to $400 for travel expenses for external participants.


External Participants

External (non-TAMU) participants are required to stay in the housing provided by the program (see below). Those who are from the Bryan/College Station area can be considered for an exemption from this policy and instead receive a housing allowance.

Internal Participants

Internal (TAMU) participants can choose to stay in the housing provided by the program (see below) or receive a housing allowance.

Program Housing - The Stack (tentative)

USRG housing for Summer 2016 will be at The Stack at Legacy Point (tentative). Within walking distance of campus, the Stack is a fully-furnished, privately-owned dorm. Please see the website for more information on the actual location and look of the housing. You will be suitemates with one (1) to three (3) person(s) in the USRG program and possibly other summer research programs. Housing is assigned randomly by the The Stack and USRG program unless otherwise notified. Please let the USRG program know as soon as possible if you have any needs such as accessible living or any special arrangements.

Research Topics and Faculty

Unlike other summer research programs (e.g. NSF REUs), the USRG program does not have specific research topics or professors. In general, most faculty members in the Texas A&M University College of Engineering are eligible to be mentors for the program. Similar to the graduate school search process, we suggest that you look online at the faculty listings/research pages on the respective department websites. Once you have identified faculty of interest to you, contact them to express interest in working with them through the USRG program and ask if they will be available during the summer to mentor you, should you be accepted.

Participating Departments

Frequently Asked Questions

Q) My school is on a quarter system, can I still apply?

A) In general, yes, you are eligible to apply for the program; however, we will run into issues with your institution being on a quarter system. In the past, we've accommodated some students on quarter system in consultation with their faculty mentor, but no more than 5 days past the program start date. There was some give and take from both our end and the student's end. That is, one student worked with his university's professors on taking final exams earlier than scheduled so that he could start the USRG program the Monday following the start of the program. Also, the USRG mentor agreed on special arrangements by giving reading assignments ahead of time and working with the student on completing the first assignment (research proposal). The USRG mentor (and the student) also agreed to the student working extra hours (nights and/or weekends) to make up for the few days missed at the beginning of the program. Applicants on quarter systems are still encouraged to apply and mention the quarter system issue briefly at the end of the personal statement to remind us. However, there is no guarantee that we will be able to accommodate you since several parties must make special arrangements (you, the program, and the faculty mentor), but we will try our hardest.