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Undergraduate Research Institute

Undergraduate Research Institute

Dive into the heart of academic exploration with the Undergraduate Research Institute (URI) at Lone Star College-Montgomery. Our mission is to inspire and empower students and faculty at Lone Star College-Montgomery and Lone Star College-Conroe Center through scholarly investigations in the Arts, Humanities, Sciences, and Social Sciences.

The primary goal of the URI is to enable students to take an active role in developing and defining their educational experiences by collaborating with faculty to make original contributions to the academic discourse. We offer support for original research projects, including faculty research advisors, research resources, opportunities for publication and presentation, as well as student/faculty mini- grants.

Join us at the Undergraduate Research Institute (URI) and embark on a journey of exploration, innovation, and collaboration. Students and Faculty can apply now for a mini grant for research. After reviewing our information and learning more about funding the research, please use our URI Grant Interest Form to get started.

URI Programs and Events

The Undergraduate Research Institute invites faculty to nominate students to submit their work for a poster session and exhibit celebrating academic excellence. This event will provide an opportunity for students across disciplines to highlight their academic work in a concise, visual presentation. Projects as diverse as art portfolios or pieces, science models, and/or audio/visual projects are welcome in addition to traditional posters. Students chosen to participate should be available during the session to answer questions about their projects. The poster session and exhibit will be held in the Spring of each year during Celebrating Student Excellence week.

  • Celebrating Student Excellence Week is typically the last week before finals. The date, time, and location for the Spring 2024 Student Excellence Exhibit will be determined in February 2024.
  • The deadline for nominations is Wednesday, April 24, 2024 by 5:00 PM.
  • Faculty can nominate any student work that they consider to be excellent. Student work can be from prior semesters, however work should be from students who have attended Lone Star College - Montgomery.
  • Students will receive a follow up email from the Undergraduate Research Institute (URI) asking them to accept their nomination, in addition to asking if they need any additional resources or assistance such as help creating a poster or helping them decide the best way to display their work.

Contacts

The Undergraduate Research Institute is piloting Bridging Undergraduate Inquiry, Learning, and Development (BUILD) programs in the Fall 2023 semester. The overarching goal for each program is to increase awareness and engagement in undergraduate research experiences (URE) for both faculty and students. By the end of the Faculty BUILD program, faculty will be ready to implement a URE project in their course or will be ready to host an individual mentoring project. By the end of the Student BUILD program, students will present on a research idea and will be ready to be matched with faculty mentors.

Interest Form Coming Soon!

Contacts

The Undergraduate Research Institute is piloting Bridging Undergraduate Inquiry, Learning, and Development (BUILD) programs along with other exciting opportunities for research experience and development.

  • Tue, Sep 19, 2023, 2:00 PM | Student Bridging Undergraduate Inquiry, Learning, and Development (BUILD) Orientation | F-152
  • Tue, Sep 12, 2023, 10:00 AM | Student Bridging Undergraduate Inquiry, Learning, and Development (BUILD) Orientation | F-152

Contacts

URI Mini-grants

Mini-grants are available to faculty and students wanting to embark on undergraduate research projects.

The purpose of this grant is to support the development of pedagogical methods supporting undergraduate research methods among faculty and research skills among students.

The Undergraduate Research Institute (URI) seeks to support faculty in the development of through professional development opportunities, facilitating cross-disciplinary collaboration, and funding faculty seeking to incorporate teaching methods that support undergraduate research.

Funding Your Project

Mini-grants are available to support faculty and students seeking to embark on undergraduate research projects. The purpose of this grant is to support the development of pedagogical methods supporting undergraduate research methods among faculty and research skills among students. Projects selected for this grant will develop undergraduate research skills by allowing students to complete an original research project or contribute to a larger research project or develop skills necessary for conducting original research.

Eligibility

All faculty teaching at Lone Star College-Montgomery and Lone Star College-Conroe Center.

Post Project Reporting Expectations

  • Submit a summary report of project results, lessons learned, and recommendations for future implementation. Applicants are encouraged to submit results to professional publications supporting undergraduate research.

  • Submit teaching materials developed for the project to the Undergraduate Research Institute repository.

Accepting Applications: Grant Interest Form

The Undergraduate Research Institute (URI) seeks to support students in the development of independent research projects by connecting student researchers with faculty research advisors, funding, and academic resources. URI offers a variety of workshops to foster the development of research ideas and projects across the disciplines.

Funding Your Project

  • Mini-grants are available to support faculty and students seeking to embark on undergraduate research projects.

  • The purpose of this grant is to support the development research skills among students through independent research projects under the direction of a faculty member.

  • Projects selected for this grant will allow students to develop undergraduate research skills by completing an original research project with the guidance of a faculty member.

Eligibility

  • Applicants must be a degree seeking student currently enrolled in at least one course at Lone Star College-Montgomery or Lone Star College-Conroe Center. However, the student does not need to be enrolled in a course associated with the project specifically.

  • Applicants must work under the direction of a faculty member currently teaching at Lone Star College-Montgomery or Lone Star College-Conroe Center.

  • Applicants must have completed at least one semester before applying for a mini-grant.

Post Project Reporting Expectations

All recipients are expected to:

  • Submit a summary report of project results.

  • Complete a 1,000-word reflection essay regarding the research process, research skills acquired, and future applications of those skill.

  • Participate in the Undergraduate Research Symposium.

Student Highlights

  • Lone Star College - Montgomery Students presented their project "Medicine on Mars" at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research: Medicine on Mars (Youtube Video)
  • Lone Star College - Montgomery Student Alexis Custer presented her project "Could Typhoid Mary Have Been a Carrier for Cystic Fibrosis?" at the Community College Undergraduate Research Initiative Colloquium: Typhoid Mary Research (Youtube Video)

Accepting Applications Grant Interest Form


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