Undergraduate Research Experience and Creative Activity (URECA)
Q When is the deadline to submit a proposal?
A The first week in October and the third-forth week week in March, 4pm. Check main page at the beginning of each semester for more specific deadlines
Q Are paper copies of the proposal necessary, or can I
submit it electronically?
A The original proposal with all required signatures must be delivered to the URC office, Ingram Building, room 011B.
Q Can more than one student work on the same project?
A Yes. Please add the Group Application Cover Sheet.
Q Can a project last more than one semester?
A Yes, up to a maximum of two consecutive semesters can be requested per project. You have up to 3 semesters to complete the work and claim the stipend.
Q What is the difference between the Assistant and the Scholar application?
A The scholar's application is longer and will include more detail than an assistant application. Generally, a scholar is seeking more support than an assistant because there is more ownership to the project. The scholar must convince the reviewing committee of the merit of the project and justify the expenditures in the budget.
Q Is there a limit on how much money I can request?
A The maximum stipend for assistants is $800. The maximum award for an assistant's supplies is $300. The maximum stipend for scholars is $3,500. There is not a maximum for a scholar's supplies but a strong justification must be provided before a large award for supplies will be recommended. Travel requests to study in other locations will be funded for a stipend and $1000 of travel funds only. Airfare can be paid in advance by the university if the MTSU travel agency is used.
Q Why do I need a mentor?
A Generally, undergraduate students are novices at doing research or creative work. Therefore, they need to learn the process of scholarship from an experienced scholar. A member of the faculty will be able to guide an undergraduate student through this learning experience.
Q How do I find a mentor?
A Start by talking to professors in your major from whom you have taken a class. Also, talk with the department chair in your academic major. Additionally, talk with graduate students in your major.