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Undergraduate research has some outstanding benefits:

  • Develop the skills employers are looking for, including communication, teamwork, problem-solving and critical thinking
  • Increase your chances of getting into graduate school or securing a good job
  • Improve your odds of getting a graduate school fellowship
  • Contribute to a variety of the planet’s most essential issues

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The SURE program provides a select group of first-year UT students an inquiry-based, hands on research experience. This faculty-mentored research experience establishes improved professional development. It is an early research opportunity that is too often reserved for upperclassmen.

SURE transforms students from knowledge consumers into knowledge producers at the forefront of their chosen disciplines by pairing small teams of first-time college students with research faculty during a two-semester course sequence. SURE program students are placed in a special section of the First-Year Experience (BAC 101 and 102) with like-minded students where they get to meet faculty from across the university, learn how to be successful in research and participate in a research apprenticeship in the spring semester.

Students in the SURE program gain valuable research experience during their first year which can clarify career trajectory, builds their resume, and develops relationships with faculty and each other.

SURE Timeline

July Placement into Spartan Undergraduate Research Experience
August  Fall Classes Begin — SURE BAC 101 — Intro to Research
November  Apprenticeship Placement
January  Spring Classes Begin — SURE BAC 102 — Research II
February  Attend Florida Undergraduate Research Conference
April/May SURE Students Present to UT Community 

Tavya Benjamin

"Start early! Research opens up so many doors and helps mold you into a better scientist. It teaches you to always be critical, to always push to deviate from the status quo, and also to be patient, thorough and diligent."

— Tavya Benjamin '12, student research alumna, now medical doctor
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"Undergraduate years are the best time to learn the fundamentals of research because it can help you discover what you like and dislike or if research is the right track for you."

— Tara Temkar '15, student research alumna, now a research scientist
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"We are teaching them through our research. We are teaching them how to think scientifically and how to apply the things they've heard all about in their classes but now actually are doing."

— Eric Werner, professor of chemistry, faculty mentor