Undergraduate Research Scholars

The Undergraduate Research Scholars program seeks to increase undergraduate student retention and matriculation to graduate school through undergraduate research in bioengineering faculty labs. In summer 2022, the program will fund up to 22 undergraduate students to conduct research in UTD Bioengineering faculty members’ labs. Each student will be awarded a $4500 stipend plus $500 for supplies. Students not living in the Dallas area will also receive a travel stipend and room and board. The program will run for 10 weeks, and program participants will work 40 hours per week in the lab.

The program will include:

  • Research in a faculty member’s lab
  • Weekly seminars covering topics such as best practices for research, applying to graduate school, and life as a graduate student
  • Mentorship in the lab by PI, postdocs, and graduate students
  • End-of-program student presentations
  • Social activities for program participants.

Participants will research and learn from faculty in the areas of bioimaging, biomaterials, biomechanics, biosensors/bioelectronics, neural engineering, or systems biology.

The program will run from May 23 to July 29, 2022. Students are expected to commit to 40 hours per week of research in the lab and are not permitted to take summer courses.

Participant Eligibility:

  • Undergraduate student with an anticipated graduation date of fall 2022 or beyond
  • Willing and able to commit to the 10-week program that runs May 23 through July 29, 2022.
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.

Student Application Process:

Submit the completed application and all supporting materials by January 31, 2022. No late applications will be accepted. The Application Form must be completed in its entirety.

Items required in the application include:

  • Contact information
  • Research experience, if applicable
  • Up to three faculty with whom you would like to work (Please do NOT contact faculty at this time.) You may review faculty and their research areas at https://be.utdallas.edu/people/faculty/
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and minimum major GPA of 3.0.
  • Unofficial transcript
  • Resume
  • Statement of interest in biomedical engineering research.
  • Statement of long-term career goals
  • Contact information for two faculty who can provide a recommendation from faculty.


Student Selection Process:

  • Applications to be reviewed by a departmental selection committee.
  • Applicants notified of their application status by February 28, 2022.
  • Selected applicants must accept or decline by March 28, 2022.
  • Timeline:

    Date Programmatic Element
    November 29, 2021 Program announced. Applications open
    January 31, 2022 Application deadline
    February 28-March 18, 2022 Program participants announced
    March 28, 2022 Due date on notification letter
    May 23, 2022 Program start date. Pre-program survey
    July 29, 20212 Program end date. Post-program survey

    Please contact [email protected] with any questions.