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Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate research is central to Trinity University's values. At Trinity, undergraduate students work directly with faculty members in innovative research. Students co-author papers that are published in leading academic journals, and give presentations at national conferences.

Summer Research Program

Trinity offers many students the opportunity to conduct research full-time under the close mentorship of faculty during the 10-week summer research program. Most student researchers receive a stipend, free housing and transcript notation. Student researchers are supported by individual faculty grants or by one of Trinity's Research Programs. At the culmination of the summer research program, students report on their findings in a research symposium.

All students granted a summer undergraduate research fellowship will need to download and complete the Fellowship Award Form. Please be aware this is a fillable pdf that should be completed, printed, and then routed for signatures. Information about summer housing, including the summer housing form may be found here. Keep in mind that both forms are due by 5 p.m. on April 1.The summer program starts on May 17 and runs for 10 weeks. The Summer Research Symposium will be held July 25-26. See the summer research calendar for additional dates.

Murchison Research Fellowships

  • Eligibility: Faculty-student teams from ANY department. Students must be graduating in December 2017 or later.
  • Requirements: Applications will only be accepted from faculty-student teams. Individuals may not appear in more than one application (i.e., a student can only submit one application to Murchison); however, students are encouraged to submit applications to more than one program.
  • Number available: 20
  • Stipend: up to $4,000
  • Additional Resources: Total budget of $6,000, including student stipend (max $4,000), faculty stipend ($1,000), supplies, travel, etc.
  • For more information, see the Murchison website

Mellon Initiative Research Fellowship

  • Eligibility: Faculty-student teams working on projects in the arts and humanities. Students must be graduating in December 2017 or later.
  • Requirements: Applications will only be accepted from faculty-student teams. Individuals may not appear in more than one application.
  • Number available: 15-20
  • Stipend: up to $4,200
  • Additional Resources: $1,300 per student for travel and/or supplies. Faculty mentors will receive stipend of $1,750.
  • Application deadline: February 15, 2017
  • For more information about Mellon Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) and Mellon Institutes (summer multidisciplinary research clusters), visit the program website

Hixon Environmental Studies (includes fieldwork)

  • Eligibility: Faculty-student teams from ANY department. Students must be graduating in December 2017 or later.
  • Requirements: Applications will only be accepted from faculty-student teams. Individuals may not appear in more than one application.
  • Number available: 3
  • Stipend: up to $4,500 with up to $1,000 for travel.
  • Additional Resources: Faculty stipend ($1,000), and fund for supplies, travel, etc.
  • For more information, contact RReed [at] trinity.edu (Dr. Richard Reed)

Integrated Research in Biomathematics

  • Eligibility: U.S. citizens
  • Requirements: Students should have a background in biology and mathematics. 8 weeks of full time participation and presentation of results at the end of summer symposium.
  • Number available: 10-12
  • Stipend: $4,000
  • For more information, contact selaydi [at] trinity.edu (Dr. Saber Elaydi,) Department of Mathematics, MMH 115D.

Biology Department (BSURF)

  • Eligibility: Biology majors pursuing summer research with Biology faculty
  • Requirements: 10 weeks of full-time participation and presentation of results at the end of summer symposium
  • Number available: 3+
  • Award: up to $4,000
  • Application and Faculty Assessment Form

Chemistry Department Research Opportunities

  • Eligibility: Students who have completed CHEM 1318 (or have AP credit) and will complete CHEM 2319 by May 2017.
  • Requirements: 10 weeks of full time participation and presentation of results at the end of summer symposium
  • Number available: approximately 30
  • Stipend: approximately $4,000
  • For more information, contact bert.chandler [at] trinity.edu (Dr. Bert Chandler )or cmaeder [at] trinity.edu (Dr. Corina Maeder)

McNair Scholars Program

  • Eligibility: Only students already enrolled in the McNair Program may apply for summer research support
  • Requirements: Participation in the McNair Scholars Program goes far beyond summer research. Scholars are engaged in activities throughout the year.
  • For more information, see the McNair website

FASTER Grant Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)

  • Eligibility: Only recipients of the FASTER grants may apply for this summer research fellowship.
  • For more information, contact wterrell [at] trinity.edu (Dr. Wilson Terrell Jr.)

Computer Science Department (HEP Student Summer Research Fellowship)

  • Eligibility: Computer Science majors pursuing summer research with CS faculty
  • Requirements: 10 weeks of full time participation and presentation of results at the end of summer symposium
  • Number available: 1
  • Award: up to $4,000
  • Application or Invitation
  • For more information, contact pmyers [at] trinity.edu (Dr. Paul Myers)

Mach Research Fellowships

Mach fellowships provide funding to rising seniors for use in research or scholarly activity during their senior year. One Mach Fellow nomination is permitted per department. Mach fellowships don’t have to be used during the summer.

  • Number available: 5 or more
  • Award Amount: between $1,000 and $2,500 for supplies or travel (not a stipend)
  • For more information, contact sbrown6 [at] trinity.edu (Scott Brown)

Research Opportunities outside Trinity