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Undergraduate Research

At TLU, any student has the opportunity to participate in faculty-led undergraduate research.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

  • Develop critical thinking skills
  • Foster teamwork and collaboration
  • Increase marketability to potential employers
  • Serve as career preparation

Summer Research

In addition to research done during the school year, TLU’s summer research programs give students hands-on experiences in specialized areas ranging from lab work, to the intersection of theology and gender, to diabetes education in local communities.

These independent studies allow students the opportunity to work closely with professors and gain valuable experience in their prospective fields.

TLU is a Council On Undergraduate Research (CUR) Affiliate

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CUR provides support and professional development opportunities for faculty, staff, administrators, and students. Our publications and outreach activities are designed to share successful models and strategies for establishing, nurturing, and institutionalizing undergraduate research programs. They assist administrators and faculty members in improving and assessing the research environment at their institutions.

CUR recognizes institutions that have exemplary undergraduate research programs and faculty who have facilitated undergraduate research at their institutions through their mentorship and leadership. They also provide information on the importance of undergraduate research to private foundations, government agencies, state legislatures, and the U.S. Congress. Faculty, staff, administrators, students, and colleagues from all types of academic institutions and organizations form the dynamic CUR membership.

Faculty-Led Summer Research

Annual Student Academic Symposium

Started in 2009, the annual Student Academic Symposium (SAS) allows students to share the culmination of their senior thesis or capstone project with the campus community. From conducting and artwork to research on type 2 diabetes and higher education funding in Texas, students have the opportunity to showcase their talent, skills, and knowledge in various academic areas. Over the years, presentations have ranged from "A Review of Three Lactobacillus Species and Their Ability to Reduce the Antigenicity of Cow's Milk Protein" to “Black Masculinity and Responses to the Moynihan Report in Ebony Magazine.”