Howdy and welcome to the March edition of LAUNCH into Research, the
Texas A&M Undergraduate Research Newsletter. This newsletter is distributed monthly to scholars, faculty, and staff at Texas A&M who participate in and support undergraduate research.

Featured Articles
Student Research Week Spotlight
Upcoming Deadlines
Upcoming Events
Research Opportunities

Featured Articles

Read our featured articles, spotlights, tips for students, and more on our blog at!


Presenting Your Research:
How To Effectively Communicate Your Work

Presenting your research is a rewarding experience for any aspiring undergraduate, but do you know the best tactics for doing so?


Research Experiences as Outreach: Becoming an Undergraduate Research Ambassador

Become the face of Undergraduate Research; experience networking at a whole new level as you share your research story and connect undergraduates to new opportunities.


Shakespeare's First Folio and the Importance of Humanities Research

Discover yourself and the human condition through humanities research: why the humanities matter and how Shakespeare’s First Folio can elevate your experience.


Finding Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunities in the New RICU Program

Looking to get your foot in the door, but aren't ready to commit to a research position during the regular semester? Try the RICU program!


Student Research Week Spotlight
March 28, 2016 - April 1, 2016

Student Research Week is a three day competition allowing students, faculty,
and the community to see the depth and breadth of research conducted at
Texas A&M University. Coordinated by the Graduate and Professional
Student Council, Student Research Week provides a venue for
undergraduate and graduate students to present their work,
both through oral and poster presentations.
Sessions are open to all.

March 24: Giving Effective Presentations

Thursday, March 24, 2016
3:45-5:10 pm
MSC 2503

Whether you are presenting at Student Research Week, a national conference, or other venue, having sharp presentation skills is essential for undergraduate researchers. Dr. Duncan MacKenzie, Associate Director for Undergraduate Research, offers insight into making comprehensive and concise oral and poster presentations—even when you have limited or no results! Other topics discussed include: what information to include in your presentation, how to design a poster, and how to speak to a general audience. Don’t give in to the presentation day jitters--we can help!

Register now.

March 27: Presentation Practice Session

Sunday, March 27, 2016
5:00-7:30 pm
Henderson Hall, Rooms 114C and 103

The Undergraduate Research Ambassadors and members from the Honors Student Council are hosting a presentation practice session for undergraduate Student Research Week participants. If you need a fresh look at your presentation materials or need one more run through for good luck, let us help! This event will operate on a first-come, first-served basis. Feel free to bring your poster, PowerPoint slides or laptop. A limited number of easels, poster boards and clips will be available.

Register now.

March 28: Deadline to Submit Abstracts for JPS Research Day

Faculty, students, and staff are invited to join in the commemorative event on June 3, 2016 at the Riley Center in Fort Worth, TX. The festivities start with the Pre-Conference dinner at Fort Worth’s Texas de Brazil on June 2, 2016. This year’s theme is Advancing Health Equity through Research and Education. Abstracts are currently being accepted for both oral and poster presentations. The deadline for abstract submission is March 28, 2016 at 5:00 pm (CST). Wednesday, June 1, 2016 is the last day of registration.

Register now.

March 31: Deadline to Submit Abstracts for the Student Research Symposium at Texas A&M University at Galveston

Registration for the Texas A&M University at Galveston 2016 Student Research Symposium (April 19-20) is only open to students on the Galveston campus. Posters must be submitted to the Research and Graduate Studies Office by April 8, 2016 and are printed free of charge.

Register now.

April 6: Deadline to Submit Undergraduate Research Ambassador Applications

Undergraduate Research Ambassadors represent LAUNCH: Undergraduate Research at research, recruiting, and outreach events. Ambassadors participate in activities such as the Undergraduate Research Expo, Getting Started in Research and Mentoring Undergraduate Researchers workshops, give presentations to student’s organizations, and meet with administrators, faculty, and prospective students. The application includes submission of a resume, a description of your research experience, and a statement regarding the benefits of undergraduate research. All applications require a letter of support from a faculty research mentor. More information about the program can be found at

Apply now.

Upcoming Events

See our full calendar online at

March 31: Undergraduate Research Scholars Informational

Thursday, March 31, 2016
5:30-7:00 pm
BSBE 115

The Undergraduate Research Scholars program is open to undergraduates who are currently involved in or planning to start an undergraduate research project under the supervision of a faculty member at Texas A&M University. Undergraduate Research Scholars engage in a two-semester research project (fall/spring academic year) conducted under a faculty mentor that culminates in a written thesis or other scholarly product. The objective of the program is to involve any qualified undergraduate student in a research project that emulates the "graduate student" experience and to introduce the student to the academic publication process and the scholarly community.

Register now.

April 1: Getting Started in Research

Friday, April 1, 2016
4:00-5:30 pm
Henderson Hall, Room 103

Is undergraduate research right for you? Don’t know how to get involved? Undergraduate Research is hosting a Getting Started in Research workshop to help you answer these questions! At one of the largest Tier-One Research Institutions in the country, enhance your knowledge of your field and apply what you have learned in the classroom. This workshop will showcase the opportunities and benefits of participating in undergraduate research at Texas A&M. This panel-style workshop is hosted by the Undergraduate Research Ambassadors who will discuss how their participation in research changed their undergraduate experience. Attend this workshop to see how you can immerse yourself into the world of undergraduate research at Texas A&M.

Register now.

April 8-9: Physics Festival

Friday, April 8, 2016 - Saturday, April 9, 2016
Various times and locations.

The Department of Physics & Astronomy and the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Texas A&M University invite the public to an entertaining and informative event. People of all ages will find funny, puzzling, and fascinating hands-on experiments. Everyone is invited to participate. With over 100 amazing, interactive physics demonstrations, specialized programs by age groups, and public lectures by prominent scientists and astronauts, it’s no surprise that over 4,000 visitors annually come from across the United States to join in the excitement!

Read more.

April 11: Arts x TAMU Spring Symposium

Monday, April 11, 2016
7:00-10:00 pm
Rudder Tower

Arts x TAMU is an art symposium designed to foster innovation and collaboration in the Colleges offering degrees in the arts. This symposium brings faculty and students together to engage, interact and share ideas as they present new works, research and performances in a variety of formats. The Arts x TAMU Spring Symposium will highlight, the performance aspects of the arts! This semester the special guest is the Kathy Hamrick Dance Company! RSVP by emailing no later than March 23, 2016 to secure your seat at this amazing event.

Read more.

Research Opportunities

More opportunities can be found online at

Summer Research Opportunity

March 31, 2016: Deadline to Apply for Stat REU at Lamar University

The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) and the Department of Mathematics at Lamar University (LU) is inviting applications from undergraduate students to apply for the 10 week research and academic experience. Students at this site will be engaged in all stages of the big data analysis cycle. Stat REU is designed to prepare motivated college students for graduate studies in the mathematics and statistics.

Read more.

Summer Research Opportunity

March 31, 2016: Deadline to Apply for the ATLAS Center Internship

The Advancing Transportation Leadership and Safety (ATLAS) Center is now accepting applications for a 10-week summer internship program at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI). Up to six junior-level undergraduate students will be selected to participate. Students will have active involvement on safety-related research projects at TTI, opportunities to interact with students in other summer research programs on the TAMU campus and be able to participate in university-wide seminars, tours, poster sessions and other events.

Read more.

Conference Travel Award Opportunity

April 18, 2016: Undergraduate Diversity at Evolution 2016

For the 13th year, the Undergraduate Diversity at Evolution program will send undergraduate students to the annual joint meeting of the Society for the Study of Evolution (SSE), the Society of Systematic Biologists (SSB), and the American Society of Naturalists (ASN). At the meeting, students will (i) present a poster, (ii) receive mentoring from graduate students, postdocs, and faculty, and (iii) participate in a career-oriented 'Undergraduate Futures in Evolutionary Biology' panel and discussion. The program is funded by SSE and the BEACON Center for Evolution in Action and will cover the costs of travel, registration, food, and accommodation to the awardees. For more on information on previous years' Undergraduate Diversity programs, please see Dr. Scott Edwards' Community page.

Read more.

Summer Research Opportunity

May 27, 2016: Research Intensive Community for Undergraduates (RICU) Summer Program

The RICU Summer Program invites all undergraduate researchers to apply for a summer program that will offer leadership experiences in the research community at Texas A&M University. Team leader positions are available to undergraduates who have some research experience as well as high interest in developing knowledge and skills for leading and mentoring a team of novice researchers who have had little to no prior experience doing research at university level.

Read more.

Looking for more opportunities?

Check out our list of on- and off-campus research, funding and presentation opportunities for the fall, spring and summer semesters.

See opportunities and resources online.

Help us promote your undergraduate research initiatives by sending us your opportunities, workshop dates, and stories. We also welcome your questions, comments, and suggestions for future newsletters.

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