Undergraduate Research Center


URECA Application Workshop - An overview of the URECA program and information on the application process - Thursday, August 28th, 4:00 - 5:30 pm, location BAS S334 

Fall URECA Application Deadline - Thursday, September 11th, 4:30 pm (guidelines, FAQs, & NEW & IMPROVED applications)

Electronic submissions preferred.  Please submit to Julie.Gannon@mtsu.edu or deliver to Mrs. Gannon in Ingram G014C by 4:30 pm on day of deadline.  No late submissions will be accepted.

Current URECA grantees and their mentors should contact Mrs. Gannon (494-7848) about hours reporting, payments, and supplies.

For questions about the URECA program, please contact Dr. Friedli (898-2071)


The MTSU Undergraduate Research Center was created in 2004 to promote research at the undergraduate level and to provide university support for undergraduate students and the faculty members who mentor them in scholarly and creative activities. This includes providing information and financial support through grants.

Although the URC administers the university funds dedicated to undergraduate research through Undergraduate Research Experience and Creative Activity (URECA) grants, the URECA Committee evaluates proposals based on merit. This committee is composed of accomplished and passionate faculty representatives from all 5 colleges at MTSU. Programs that involve undergraduate research on campus include: MTSU Honors College, TLSAMP, Tennessee Space Grant, Geoenvironmental Challenges REU, and First STEP.

URC Mission:
As part of the Office of Research, the Undergraduate Research Center (URC) mission is to be the central hub for communication about undergraduate research grant programs and other related opportunities on and off campus and to distribute university funds for undergraduate research and creative projects and travel to disseminate results.

URC Vision:
The URC is pursuing its vision to nurture a culture of research and creative activity at MTSU through support for undergraduate students and their faculty mentors.

URC Values:
Implement the goals of the University's Academic Master Plan related to the URC mission with the following values:

  • Excellence in research, scholarship, and creative projects
  • Opportunities for student-centered learning
  • Productive internal and external collaborations and partnerships
  • Success in academic and professional careers of our undergraduate students and their faculty mentors