Undergraduate Research Center

Welcome to the MTSU Undergraduate Research Center (URC)! The center was created in 2004 to promote mentored research at the undergraduate level and 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. Mentored research strengthens students' content knowledge, research skills, and soft skills that employers and graduate schools value. 

In addition to funding student research through our Undergraduate Research Experience and Creative Activity (URECA) grants, the URC hosts several events each year that give MTSU students an opportunity to showcase their research.  These events include the Summer Research Celebration, the Fall Undergraduate Research Open House, Posters at the Capitol, and Scholars Week.  We hope you will check out these events and join us to experience the benefits of mentored research firsthand.  

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Upcoming Events and Important Deadlines

  • Poster and Pitch: Designing Stellar Research Posters and Memorable Pitches. Are you getting ready to design a research poster for a class or academic conference/event? This free, one-hour workshop will introduce you to design principles of research posters and accompanying elevator pitches that consider audience, purpose, and mode. You will leave with strategies on deciding what information to include in your poster and what to leave out, making rhetorically-informed design decisions, and ways to craft and deliver an exciting elevator pitch that supports your poster and piques your audience’s attention. This workshop, open to all MTSU students, will be facilitated by MTSU’s University Writing Center in collaboration with the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. Snacks will be served. Two opportunities to attend this workshop: Tuesday, 1/29, 3pm, LIB 264a or Wednesday, 2/27, 3pm, LIB 272Posters at the Capitol will be held on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 from 9am-1pm.  If you are interested in submitting an abstart to be considered as a representative of MTSU at this event, please contact us.
  • MTSU Scholars Week is an annual, week-long celebration of research, scholarship, and creative projects. Scholars Week 2019 will be held March 18-22. The week features guest speakers and other events, and culminates in a university-wide poster fair of student research posters and creative performances on March 22. Look for the poster abstract proposal form in January 2019. 
  • Summer URECA application deadline:  March 28, 2019, 3:00 PM.  If your project requires IRB or IACUC approval, the URECA Committee strongly recommends that you begin the approval process before you begin your proposal. Please visit MTSU's IRB website to find out if your project will require IRB approval. Application instructions:
    1. Go to the URECA Information and Applications webpage and download the appropriate PDF form - Scholar or Assistant - for your proposal
    2. Fill out the form with the help of your project's faculty mentor and save as a PDF
    3. Go to the URECA application site
    4. Register for an account
    5. Confirm your email address
    6. Following the directions on the website for uploading your application
    7. Submit your application by 3:00p.m. on March 28, 2019
For questions about any of our upcoming events, please contact:
Jamie Burriss, Ph.D.
Program Manager
(615) 494-7669

URC Mission:

As part of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, 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