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

  • The Spring URECA Workshop will take place on Thursday, November 29, 2018 from 3:00-4:00pm in BAS S332.  The workshop will cover everything you need to know about applying for an Undergraduate Research Experience and Creative Activity (URECA) grant.  We hope you will join us!
  • Spring URECA application deadline:  January 24, 2019, 4:30 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. Please email your application to ureca@mtsu.edu no later than January 24, 2019 at 4:30 PM.
  • Posters 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 November 2018. 
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