Early TAMS Summer Research

This summer, TAMS will institute early-research experiences for ten members (10) of the “Early Admission Students” of the incoming class. We shall place these students in UNT-based research labs for the 10-week summer session (June 3–Aug. 8). 

Students will devote 40 or more hours a week to research, including weekends, as stipulated by research mentors. You will likely interact with other TAMS students, UNT graduate students, and, of course, the professor.  You will thereby receive a significant head start in (1) adjusting to life at UNT, (2) in learning how to navigate a research lab, (3) and in making contributions to your field of study. 

The experience will also include a weekly dinner with various staff and faculty members to practice the art of conversation, scientific and otherwise. 

If you receive an Early Summer Research placement, you will enroll, Pass/Fail, in Honors 3996. That will allow you to have access to UNT facilities (Health Center, library, recreation center, etc.). You must also have health insurance—either through a family policy or purchased separately via United Healthcare Student Resources: https://studentaffairs.unt.edu/student-health-and-wellness-center/billing-and-insurance.

TAMS will award a $4000 scholarship to help students meet these and related expenses.

The following will be among the rules governing early-research comportment:

  • Students will devote themselves exclusively to the lab and endeavors of their research mentors, and will not seek to work in other labs concurrently.
  • Students may not switch labs during this summer period.
  • Students will abide by strict curfew hours and residence hall visitation rules.  Visitation rules will include guidelines for visiting the opposite sex as well as visiting UNT students in other residence halls. 
  • Students must abide by all University and TAMS rules, regulations, and policies. Any violation of these may result in summer-session or TAMS dismissal.
  • Students will hold no external employment—on weekdays or on weekends. You must devote your time entirely to your research endeavors and related enterprises.
  • Students will live on-campus, for 10 weeks in McConnell Hall. There will be no short- or long-distance commuting to and from a parent’s home, save for two optional weekends, one of which, with the permissions of the research mentor, will occur following the conclusion of laboratory responsibilities on July 3.  TAMS Early Research students will live with other TAMS Early Researchers.  Assignments will be determined by the TAMS in conjunction with UNT Housing.  
  • Students will purchase a meal plan for the 10-week period (June 3–August 8).
  • Students will have the option of returning home, subject to sign-out regulations, on the July 4 weekend and on one other weekend (dates to be announced).  They will otherwise occupy themselves socially and educationally at UNT on weekends, even if their lab is closed (the libraries stay open). Students may not participate in family vacations or related off-campus events during this 10-week period. At such time as students upload their applications, they will have the opportunity to request up to five working days “off” if they are already committed to an academic conference or related academic event—or if they have already made application to such an event and are awaiting the outcome.  The TAMS administration will judge merit of such petitions and determine if those are consistent with the spirit of the Early Research Program and with equitable treatment of all participants. Needless to say, students will also have to obtain the approval of their lab supervisors and that of the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Research. Students may end up conducting research on weekends, if their research mentors deem that necessary. 
  • Early-Research Scholars will also attend Dr. James Duban’s weekly meeting (over dinner at Bruce Hall) covering college success, research, and imagination across the disciplines, in addition to fostering conversational ease and social grace.
  • All Early Research Scholars will prepare posters for presentation at Scholars Day, in April 2020.
  • All Early Research Scholars will attend at least two faculty-research seminars spanning the fall and spring semesters.

Our decision about whom to accept will be final and without appeal.  We expect to receive more applications than we can accommodate, and we shall match student preference with available and appropriate labs and professors. If a student is not chosen for the program, no explanations about comparative merit will be forthcoming.

Students who do not gain admission to this program will be able to seek out research opportunities in August 2019.

Further regulations and a contract will follow for students selected for the Early Research Program.

Because of the time-consuming challenges involved in placing students in varied laboratories, only early-admission TAMS students will be eligible for early research. Applications will be accepted until April 7th, 2019.  Applications received after this time will not be reviewed. The deadline is emphatic, out of fairness to all concerned.

Please direct questions regarding Early Summer Research to Ms. Cynthia Hoffman or call 940-565-4914.

Print and complete the Early Summer Research Agreement (you will need a digital copy of this agreement to upload with the application).

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