On October 14th the LAUNCH office hosted its annual Undergraduate Research Scholars (URS) Orientation. The 2019-2020 class of Undergraduate Research Scholars includes 273 students spanning from the College Station, Galveston, and Qatar campuses. This class represents every single college at Texas A&M, with young researchers representing fields as diverse as crop science, modern philosophy, and nuclear engineering. Students who successfully complete the URS program will ultimately:
- Produce a written undergraduate thesis to be published in the Undergraduate Research Scholars Capstone Collection in the Texas A&M OAKTrust Repository
- Make a public presentation
- Earn a university-level honors transcript distinction along with a URS medallion as official graduation regalia
- Acquire knowledge that didn’t come from a classroom
- Gain a better understanding of graduate school
- Improve their chances for acceptance into graduate or professional schools, fellowships, and grants
- Develop a professional network of students and faculty
The 2019 URS orientation began with a presentation by Explorations board members who explained how thesis scholars could apply to submit their work to the Texas A&M Undergraduate Journal. LAUNCH: Undergraduate Research Associate Director Dr. Sarah Misemer then gave a presentation over the general URS program requirements, including tips on how to be successful scholar. She also introduced Program Coordinator Annabelle Aymond and Program Assistant Nicole Guentznel. The LAUNCH staff then held a Q&A portion that allowed scholars to ask questions and gain greater insight into program. There was also an informal refreshments hour where the scholars were able to network with their peers and faculty mentors in the program.
In the spring, continuing students will have the chance to present at the LAUNCH Undergraduate Research Scholars Symposium. This Symposium will showcase undergraduate researchers by giving them the opportunity to communicate their findings as principal authors to the University’s scholarly community. This year’s URS Symposium will be held on February 26, 2020 in the MSC Bethancourt Ballroom. For more information on this event please visit our events page here.
To learn more about our undergraduate research programs visit our website at launch.tamu.edu/Undergraduate-Research.