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Mission, Vision & Values

Our Charge

Undergraduate Research & Fellowships (URF) provides information about nationally competitive funding opportunities and associated application processes through online and printed resources, information sessions, workshops, presentations, and individual, targeted advising. Members of URF mentor students through rigorous application processes, providing general support in identifying relevant opportunities, guiding students through the application process, and facilitating campus endorsement procedures when relevant. URF collaborates with faculty, staff, departments, colleges, and units across campus to identify and support prospective undergraduate scholars.

Our Vol Vision

URF affects the academic experience of UT undergraduates, encouraging them to take every advantage afforded them as members of a top-tier research institution. Students’ experiences on campus, in their community, and around the world expand their vision of themselves and of their potential to become contributing members and leaders in a global community. In collaboration with faculty, staff, and students, URF aims to establish a culture of rigorous undergraduate scholarship worthy of national recognition and in keeping with UT’s Top 25 vision. URF seeks to encourage students to expect the best of themselves; applying for nationally competitive scholarships, fellowships, and experiential learning opportunities is an integral part of living up to those expectations.

Our Values

UT students are the principal priority of the URF. Every effort made by URF is connected to the hopes, dreams, and personal vision of the individual student. URF recognizes the import of the scholarship process as one that compels significant critical reflection, the clarification of ambitions, strategic planning, and building crucial and lasting relationships with faculty, staff, and peers. The scholarship application process is valued not for its outcome, but for the invaluable insight it can provide for students as they engage with UT and their local, national, and global communities. Finally, URF places great value on collaboration, recognizing the primacy of partnership in identifying and supporting undergraduates through the application processes for nationally competitive scholarships, fellowships, and experiential learning opportunities.

Our Institutional Support

UT recognizes the importance of URF, its effect on the undergraduate UT experience, and its potential to contribute to the university’s national reputation. URF is part of the Division of Student Success, under the Office of the Provost. URF collaborates with all departments, colleges, and units across campus and is consistently looking to establish new and strengthen existing relationships.