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The Office of Undergraduate Research is within the Office of Research and Engagement.

New International Research Abroad Program (IROP)

The Office of Undergraduate Research announces the launch of the International Research Abroad Program (IROP). Two scholarships will be available to support international research through the EuroScholars program.

Come to the info session on Wednesday, September 9 from 5-6 pm in the community room of the International House and hear from EuroScholars, the UT Center for International Education and the Office of Undergraduate Research representatives.

The EuroScholars Program offers undergraduate students a research experience at one of the 9 internationally renowned European Research Universities. Fields of interest include: Agriculture & Veterinary • Education • Engineering, Manufacturing, & Construction • Health & Welfare • Humanities & Arts • Science, Mathematics, & Computing • Social Sciences, Business, & Law.

Discovery Day - Winners Announced

Highlighting undergraduate student research and creative activity undertaken in the spring or summer months, Discovery Day allowed students to see what undergraduate research was all about.

Congratulations to our Discovery Day winners as voted on by your fellow students, graduate students, and faculty:

Rebecca Van Balen, Best Agriculture & Natural Resources Poster
Bailey Green, Best Art & Architecture Poster
Jesse Johnson, Best Engineering Poster
Kylie Slayden, Best Health & Human Sciences Poster
Honor Lundt, Best Humanities Poster  
Peymon Baghernejad, Best Natural Sciences Poster
Sahba Seddighi, Best Social Sciences Poster  
Daniel Enciso, Overall Most Visual Appeal
Alyssa Gauci, Overall Most Interesting Research Topic

Tennessee Experiential Learning Symposium (TELS)

Register now to present your undergraduate research, creative activity, service learning project or study abroad experience at the Tennessee Experiential Learning Symposium on Friday, October 30!

This annual symposium showcases experiential learning outcomes. UT Knoxville is excited to be the first TELS host organization. The event will be held October 30, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. in Knoxville, TN.

All 54 not-for-profit institutions of higher education in Tennessee are invited to participate—this includes public and private universities as well as community colleges.  The conference is presented by undergraduate students from across the state. Any undergraduate student enrolled in an accredited, not-for-profit Tennessee college, university, or community college who has completed a mentored research, service learning project, or a study abroad experience is eligible to present at TELS. Abstracts may be submitted from now until Friday, September 18, 2015.

Direct Abstract Submission link:


TELS is an interdisciplinary symposium. One of its most positive aspects is the cross-platform exposure to research, creative activity, service learning, or study abroad experiences centered on themes of interest. To highlight the interdisciplinary focus, each oral and poster session will be organized around these themes: Culture, Heritage & the Creative Economy, Business & Enterprise, Governance & Society, Sustainability, Agriculture, & the Environment, Improving lives and communities, Logic and Reasoning, and Science, Technology and Society.

The event will also include a graduate school and undergraduate transfer fair for students looking for education options beyond their current institutions. For a current list of registered institutions please visit the website.

International Conference of Undergraduate Research


ICUR is an annual multidisciplinary forum that connects students from universities in seven countries across the world to a single conference via videoconference technology. It is jointly organized by Monash University and The University of Warwick through the Monash-Warwick Alliance, in collaboration with several participating institutions. The University of Tennessee, Knoxville is participating as a pilot institution for 2015.

The 3rd ICUR will be held from 28-30 September 2015. All sessions will be webcast in room 213 Hodges Library.

Visit the website for the final presentation schedule, available later this month.

EXPLORE - database of undergraduate research opps


EXPLORE is UT’s new database of undergraduate research opportunities. Students can use EXPLORE to search for faculty by academic department, view open on-campus research positions, and view off-campus research opportunities.

Positions are listed as paid, volunteer, or for academic credit.

This is a new database and opportunities will be continually added throughout the year.

You can start viewing positions immediately at Log in using your netid and password.

Work-study Research Assistant Positions


Were you awarded Work-study as part of your financial aid package? If so, check out the new Work-study Research Assistants Program.

The goal of this initiative is to expand opportunities for students to be introduced to the concept of scholarship, and to learn the research or scholarly methods in their field.

This is the pilot year and we are looking for 10 students who would like to participate. All positions are posted in EXPLORE and are open until filled.

Seminar Series

Begin your fall 2015 semester by attending a session in the Undergraduate Research Seminar Series! All seminars will be one hour in length on Tuesdays from 5 p.m. until 6 p.m. and held in Hodges Library unless otherwise noted. Bring your friends and learn how to get involved in undergraduate research! Pizza will be provided to the first 40 students on noted days.

Join us tonight for the Undergraduate Research Students' Association Kick-off meeting from 5-6 pm in the Baker Center Auditorium (pizza will be served)


Next week on Wednesday, September 9 from 5-6 pm at the International House and learn about the new international research scholarships!

Check out the rest of the topics and dates.

Upcoming Travel Grant Deadlines


The Office of Undergraduate Research has limited funds to support students to attend key conferences and events. Below is a list of the conferences and events we will be supporting for 2015-16.

Posters at the Capitol, February date TBD (Abstract submission and travel grant application are combined: November 6)

Posters on the Hill, April date TBD (Abstract submission and travel grant application are combined: November 5)     

National Conference of Undergraduate Research, April 7-9 (Abstract Deadline: December 2; Travel grant application deadline: February 5)

Activity Calendar

Upcoming events, deadlines, seminars and more.

Undergraduate Research Students' Association Kick-Off meeting, 5-6 pm, Baker Center Auditorium Sep 1
Seminar: IROP & Research abroad, 5-6 pm, I-House Sep 9
Seminar: Conferences for sharing your UGR Sep 15
TELS Abstract Deadline Sep 18
SEC Symposium Sep 20-22
Seminar: Using research for national scholarship and fellowship applications Sep 22
International Conference of UGR: live webcast Sep 29-30
Int'l Research Opportunities Travel Grant Deadline Oct 1

See our calendar page for additional dates from October - May

URSA's 7th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium Apr 2
National Conference of Undergraduate Research Apr 7-9
Research Week Apr 7-15
20th Annual EURēCA Apr 11-15

Visit for more information on all activities.

Get in Touch

Are you an undergraduate researcher with news to share? We want to hear from you! If you have recently completed a research project, presented at a conference, or want to tell us about your fabulous mentor, fill out the appropriate form(s) below. (Faculty submissions also welcome.)

» Have you published or presented?

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» Submit an undergraduate research profile

» Submit a story about UT undergraduate research

» Submit an undergraduate research mentor profile

Office of Undergraduate Research
1534 White Ave.
Knoxville, TN 37996-1529
Phone: 865-974-8560

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