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Undergraduate Research & Fellowships

URF Announcements

Graduation Accolade Applications

The Office of Undergraduate Research & Fellowships recognizes graduating students for their outstanding commitment to undergraduate research and fellowships by awarding those who qualify with an item of recognition to wear at commencement ceremonies. There are two levels of recognition: Excellence in Undergraduate Research receives a specialty cord, and Distinction in Undergraduate Research receives a specialty medallion plus the cord.
The application deadline for December graduation is December 4. Learn more and apply for an Undergraduate Research and Fellowships Graduation Accolade here!

URF Travel Grants for Conferences

Apply for an URF Travel Grant. Travel Grants are for undergraduate researchers who have been accepted to present their research or creative work at a non-UT sponsored conference or event. The grants vary by location: up to $300 for in-state conferences, $500 for national conferences, $800 for international conferences, and $100 for virtual conference registration.
Apply by February 1, 2024, for travel between January 1 and March 31. See application details on our website.

Become an Undergraduate Research Ambassador (URA)

URA, formerly URSA, is a student group that mentors and supports undergraduate researchers on campus. Aspiring, early, and experienced student researchers are welcome at URA's next meeting on Wednesday, December 6th at 4 PM in E102 Melrose (located at 1616 Melrose Avenue, near Hodges Library).
URA meets on the first Wednesday of every month in the same location. Contact Sarah Lawrence at with any questions.  

Research & Fellowships Events

Visit Undergraduate Research Ambassador (URA) Office Hours

We are excited to introduce our newest student learning opportunity, Undergraduate Research Ambassadors Office Hours, a unique chance for students to talk to their peers about the world of undergraduate research. Join us and explore this fantastic opportunity to gain insights, find inspiration, and engage with our ambassadors. The office hours will be offered from November 27th to December 1st in the Melrose Hall conference room, located within the E wing.
The full schedule with specific times for certain majors can be under the URA Events section, near the end of this newsletter. Registration is encouraged but not required.

Writing Workshops for Summer Research Opportunities

Struggle with writing about yourself for applications, specifically for Research Experiences for Undergradautes (REUs)? We get it. That’s why URF will be hosting writing workshops about best practices for cover letters, personal statements, and those oddly specific application questions.
These workshops will be hosted throughout November and December. To attend, RSVP by following this link. 

Research & Fellowship Opportunities

Get Paid to Do Research This Summer

Every summer, new and continuing UT undergraduate researchers get paid to assist with short-term, summer research opportunities here at UT and across the country through Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs). Undergraduate Research & Fellowships will offer support programming for students searching for Summer REUs. (Keep in mind that REUs aren’t just for STEM students!)
To learn more about how URF can help you find summer research, fill out our REU interest form.

Paid Spring Research Assistant Positions Available on Handshake

Many professors have begun posting their paid research assistant positions for the spring semester into Handshake. If you haven’t already, make a Student Handshake profile and search under the keyword “Undergraduate Research Assistant.”
Be aware that some awards have particular restrictions or preferences, so please review each description carefully. For more information, reach out to our office at
Self-Design Your Study Abroad Language Program with Boren  
Boren Scholarships (for undergraudate students) and Fellowships (for graduate students) help fund language-based study abroad programs around the globe. Funded by the Department of Defense, the Boren Awards enables applicants to self-design a language study program to learn a critically needed language anywhere in the world EXCEPT in Western Europe, New Zealand, Australia, and Canada. Awards range up to $25,000, and all awards require a minimum one-year commitment to federal service after graduation.

NOAA Summer Internship Announced for Sophomores in STEM and Policy

Are you a sophomore majoring in STEM, natural resources management, or public policy? Are you interested in an internship with mentorship from scientists, natural resource managers, and/or policy advisors?
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) offers the Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship to support a 10-week summer internship, as well as up to $40,000 towards your tuition for two years. Deadline is January 31, 2024.
To receive support in applying for the NOAA Summer Internship, email our office at

Humanity in Action Fellowship: Pursuing Social Justice Beyond Borders

The Humanity in Action Fellowship unites international groups of students and recent graduates dedicated to social justice across the globe. Fellows will explore histories of discrimination and resistance as they relate to human rights and democracy. Fellows attend an international or domestic summer program and develop a year-long action project.
Deadlines will be announced soon. To receive support in applying to the Humanity in Action Fellowship, email our office at

Research for Intelligence & Security Challenges (RISC)

The Applied Research Laboratory for Intelligence and Security (ARLIS) is seeking undergraduate and graduate students to participate in the mostly virtual Research for Intelligence & Security Challenges (RISC) Initiative Internship. This 10-week paid summer program pairs students with faculty mentors from the Intelligence and Security University Research Enterprise (INSURE), the Department of Defense (DOD), and the Intelligence Community (IC). RISC participants may be sponsored for security clearance and considered for future employment with the U.S. government.
Apply by February 5, 2024.

The University of Missouri Offering Paid Summer Research Opportunities

The MU Office of Undergraduate Research invites UT students to apply for the MU Summer Undergraduate Research Program. Participants will have the opportunity to work on independent projects under the guidance of an MU faculty mentor and assistant. Programs range from alcoholism, biomedical, computational neuroscience, cancer, consumer network technology, lifespan development, materials science, and engineering research. Additionally, MU offers programming to support underrepresented students in STEM and journalism. Educational and social activities, one credit hour of research, travel funds, on-campus housing, meal plans, and stipends ranging from $3,400 – $5,400 are included. Deadlines vary based on the program. Check their website for more details.

Gaither Junior Fellowship for International Affairs

The Gaither Junior Fellows Program at the Carnegie Endowment is designed to provide substantive work experience for students who have demonstrated exemplary research experience in international affairs. Between 10-12 students will be hired to work as employees at the Carnegie Endowment in Washington, DC on a full-time basis for a year. Fellows provide research assistance to Carnegie’s senior scholars on a variety of Carnegie Endowment’s projects including democracy and conflict, nuclear policy, sustainability and geopolitics, and regional-specific affairs.
Students interested in applying should email



Nov 28: Summer Research Application Writing Workshop, RSVP Here
Dec 6:
 Summer Research Application Writing Workshop, RSVP Here
Dec 12:
 Summer Research Application Writing Workshop, RSVP Here
Nov 27: URA Office Hours 3-5 PM – Neuroscience, Pre-Med, & Biological Sciences, Register Here
Nov 28:
 URA Office Hours 4-5 PM – Neuroscience & Pre-Med, Register Here
Nov 29:
URA Office Hours 3-5 PM – Microbiology & Biological Sciences, Register Here
Nov 30: URA Office Hours 9-11 AM – Psychology, 1-3 PM – Biological Sciences, 4-5 PM – Neuroscience & Pre-Med, Register Here
Dec 1: URA Office Hours 9-10 AM – Microbiology & Psychology, 10-11 AM – Psychology, Register Here
Dec 6: All are welcome to attend URSA’s next meeting, 4-5 PM, E102 Melrose Hall


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Undergraduate Research & Fellowships
1616 Melrose Avenue, Room F-103
Knoxville, TN 37996
Phone: 865-974-8560

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