Glasscock Undergraduate Scholars Program
Objective: To expand undergraduate research in the humanities by providing an intensive summer research experience in which students will be introduced to important research questions, trained in methods of research and analysis, and guided in the development of critical thinking, independent learning, and communications skills.
Format: Faculty directors recruit 3-5 students each to participate as Glasscock Summer Scholars (a joint program among GCHR, LAUNCH Undergraduate Research, and the University Writing Center). Students will enroll in a two-week intensive seminar taught by a faculty member at the beginning of the summer 2019 ten-week session. In the seminar students will be immersed in a focused topic and develop a research question that they will then investigate under the mentorship of the faculty member for the remaining eight weeks of the summer. Students will be required to meet with each other for peer writing activities at the Glasscock Center and to attend writing studios created especially for this program through the Writing Center during weeks three through ten of the program. Students must produce a completed written proposal by the end of the term and will give a public presentation on the proposal and future research. Faculty are to meet with students every two weeks after the intensive two-week seminar to discuss progress on each phase of the project after each of the Writing Center Studios. Faculty will mentor students through the LAUNCH Undergraduate Research Scholars (URS) thesis program the following year (2019-2020).
- Applicants must be tenured faculty in affiliated departments at Texas A&M University.
- Two-week seminar will have both morning and afternoon sessions. No more than 5 students will be allowed to participate in each seminar. Students will be recruited by faculty (sophomore/junior level). Students must be eligible for the LAUNCH URS thesis program (see LAUNCH: Undergraduate Research requirements below).
- This program is modeled on the NEH (National Endowment for the Humanities) summer program in which a faculty member uses the two weeks to teach a seminar on his/her current research topic. These two weeks will be used for immersing students in the topic, background, research methods, and theory associated with the field of inquiry. Students will then develop their own original research question related to the topic and develop it over the summer through supervision by the faculty member and in conjunction with the Writing Center through specially designed workshops.
- Faculty are expected to be in residence for the two-week seminar, but they may or may not be on campus for the remaining eight weeks. Syllabi should, however, require weekly assignments and contact between the faculty member on a bi-weekly basis (via email, Skype, or other platforms). Faculty are also expected to guide students through the LAUNCH URS thesis program the following year. Students are expected to be in residence throughout the summer.
- The summer experience is conceived as a gateway for students to enter the LAUNCH URS thesis program for the 2019-2020 academic year (fall-spring sequence only). Faculty are expected to guide students through the URS thesis Program the following year. Students must apply in the fall for the LAUNCH URS thesis program with their faculty advisor. Therefore, students are required to produce a written proposal for the LAUNCH URS thesis program during the summer program and deliver a public presentation (roundtable, panel, poster, etc.) of their work at the end of the ten-week period. Faculty may also want to consider other publication opportunities and venues for showcasing student work as part of the requirements for the course. Students who do not complete the year-long thesis they will be required to pay back their scholarship.
- Seminar rooms, student office space, and student computers will be provided by the Glasscock Center.
- This course must be opened under an existing listing in the faculty member’s department (i.e., 491, 485, etc.).
Bursary: Faculty: $5,000 (bursary); Students: $2,000 (scholarship)
LAUNCH Undergraduate Research Scholars:
- actively participate in an independent research project under the guidance of a faculty member,
- produce an undergraduate thesis, which is deposited into the Undergraduate Research Scholars Capstone collection in the OAKTrust repository,
- present their research publicly to the scholarly community,
- increase their competitiveness for graduate and professional school admission, as well as national fellowships, grants, and awards,
- may enroll in an optional Thesis Writing course, which is only open to students in the LAUNCH URS thesis program (a 1 credit-hour 405 course, must have the 1-credit attached for the W) (Example syllabus),
- may obtain course credit for independent study,
- may receive up to a $300 reimbursement for research expenses, which is first come first serve,
- receive a university-level honors transcript distinction upon graduation, graduation regalia, recognition in the graduation program, and
- are invited to LAUNCH graduation ceremony event
LAUNCH Undergraduate Research Scholars: To qualify for the Undergraduate Research Scholars thesis program, students must have completed at least 60 hours of undergraduate course work, with at least 24 hours at Texas A&M or 12 hours for transfer students. Students should also have and maintain a cumulative Texas A&M GPR of 3.0 or higher, be currently involved or planning to start a suitable undergraduate project, and be expecting to graduate May 2020 or later (for the 2019-2020 program). Further information on the application process for Undergraduate Research Scholars is available on the LAUNCH website.