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Additional Resources

Undergraduate Research & Fellowships offers resources for faculty interested in mentoring undergraduate researchers and fellowships candidates.

Tips and Best Practices

Best practices for mentoring students in undergraduate research.

CUR Membership

UT Knoxville is an enhanced institutional member of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR), an affiliation of nearly 600 colleges and universities that share a focus on providing undergraduate research opportunities.

Display Board Rentals

Planning a poster symposium? Our office rents display boards for displaying research posters.

Grant Assistance

Faculty interested in including undergraduate research funds in their federal, state, and foundation proposals or those interested in applying for NSF REU Site or Supplemental funding for undergraduate researchers. Contact the Office of Undergraduate Research at to set up an appointment.


As the University roles out its new faculty performance software, Elements, we would like to provide guidance on how to enter your undergraduate research mentoring activities. View instructions or download a handout with screen shots here.

Writing Recommendation Letters

Letters of recommendation are an absolutely critical component of nationally competitive award applications. They provide for the campus and national review committees a better sense of the whole picture being presented in the student’s application. URF supports your students in their academic efforts and encourages them to take their hard work to the next level by assisting them in identifying opportunities and successfully navigating the fellowship application process. We are dependent on collaboration across campus and welcome the opportunity to serve your students interested in and capable of competing for some of the nation’s most prestigious opportunities. Recommendation letters for national fellowships are different from those that may be submitted for a campus opportunity, for a professional experience, and even for graduate school. They are typically 1.5 – 2 pages long and provide a detailed account of the student. More tips from Inside Higher Ed here!