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Welcome to Undergraduate Research & Fellowships … where pursuit is highly regarded!

The Office Undergraduate Research & Fellowships (URF) supports UT students in their pursuit of nationally competitive fellowships, undergraduate research, and creative activity. We fund undergraduate research year-round, offer topical workshops, and coordinate campus-wide exhibitions. We also provide direct advising services designed to help students identify and pursue pathways into research and other high-impact experiences, and to encourage and support students to leverage their academic and co-curricular experiences to apply for nationally competitive opportunities. In all our work we seek to support strong mentoring relationships between students and faculty.

So perhaps you are a first-year student wondering how to approach a professor about doing research with them. Or maybe you want to fund and present your research, apply for a major scholarship to study abroad, land a summer REU, or pursue a fellowship, such as the Fulbright. Our goal is to help you get to the next step in your journey!

Advanced Undergraduate Research Activity (AURA) is a spring and summer program to promote advanced research and creative activities among undergraduate students. All current undergraduates enrolled at UT (with the exception of students graduating in December 2022) are eligible to apply. Stipends of $1500 will be awarded to support students who will work to advance their research or creative project under the mentorship of a UTK or UTIA faculty mentor in Spring 2023. The application deadline is Monday, December 5. Learn more about AURA and apply here!