Undergraduate Research Scholars (URS)

Former and current URS students at the Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation - Washington, DC (February 2016)

Former and current Undergraduate Research Scholars at the Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation Conference – Washington, DC (February 2016)

The Undergraduate Research Scholars (URS) program, available on several campuses statewide, supports students in faculty-mentored research projects and provides professional development and preparation for internships, graduate school, and/or the workforce. Participating students receive training in presentation development and encouragement to present research at national conferences, including New Mexico AMP Student Research Conference. The URS program also prepares students to consider opportunities to pursue a graduate degree.

Who Qualifies?

Any student (4-year institution) majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) major is eligible to apply. Preference will be given to minority students who historically have been underrepresented in STEM such as:

  • African Americans or Blacks,
  • American Indians or Alaska Natives
  • Hispanic or Latinos
  • Native Hawaiians or Pacific Islanders.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

  • U.S. citizenship or status as a national, refugee alien, or permanent resident per NSF guidelines
  • Full-time enrollment in a STEM discipline
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 at the beginning of each semester of URS support
  • Commitment to the project for a minimum of one year (contingent on progress and continuing eligibility)
  • A strong interest in and potential for graduate studies is also considered

Have questions about the program or how to apply?  

Contact the institutional coordinator of your institution.