Early TAMS Summer Research

This summer, TAMS will help to structure early-research experiences for ten members (10) of the incoming class, with separate interviews occurring in accord with the new “rolling admission” protocol. We shall place these students in UNT-based research labs for the 10-week summer session (June–Aug.). Applications for Early Summer Research should only be submitted AFTER acceptance to the TAMS program. 

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 a stipulated one-hour Honors course.  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. Those 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.  Room assignments will be determined by TAMS in conjunction with UNT Housing.  
  • Students will purchase a meal plan for the 10-week period (June -August).
  • Students will have the option of returning home, subject to sign-out regulations, on the July 4 weekend (beginning on July 3), with the return being at curfew on Sunday. Students may select one further closed weekend of their choice, as long as their research mentors concur. Students would depart on Friday and return by curfew on Sunday. Only parents are authorized to pick up students and to deliver them back to campus.  Early Research students may not drive themselves or have a car on campus.
  •  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. Still, 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, to standardized testing, or to a 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. TAMS will not honor requests that emerge after students submit their applications.  So think ahead. Relative to such absence, 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 specified Saturday seminars that aim to encourage the exchange of ideas and public oratory.  In the fall and spring of the coming year, Early Research students will be obliged to attend similar sessions.

Our decision about whom to accept will be final and without appeal.  We expect to receive more applications than we can accommodate, and, on the “rolling admission” basis, 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 when they arrive at TAMS in the fall, unless, during the summer, they are able to locate research opportunities at other institutions or facilities.  Any student who has already received an invitation to conduct research with a UNT researcher during the summer (quite aside from the Early Research program), must do so within the 10-week summer session; must abide by all policy matters listed above, and must assume the expense for living in McConnell Hall, purchasing a 10-week meal ticket, and signing up (and paying) for a departmental course of record, within the sponsoring department.

Although TAMS may place Early Researchers in a Pass/Fail 1-hr. course, only the student has the capacity (and responsibility, if necessary) to withdraw from that course. Any student who chooses not to continue in the program will assume complete responsibility for the cost of the course if the student fails to drop by the university deadline by which withdrawal comes with no financial consequence.  As that date varies from year to year, students assume responsibility for obtaining that date from the Registrar’s Office.

Students who leave the program early will have their scholarships rescinded and be responsible for all expenses potentially lodged by varied segments of the university (i.e., Housing, Dining Services, Registrar’s Office, etc.).

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, admission will proceed in accord with the “rolling admission” protocol instituted in the 2019-2020 academic year. Students accepted into the program are expected to enroll and not to use the admission as a “holding card” for some other opportunity. Such strategizing wastes valuable time, energy, and the good-will commitment of faculty who agree to supervise a student.

Please direct questions regarding Early Summer Research to Ms. Valerie Adell, 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).

Application available soon!