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The University of Houston is a Carnegie-designated Tier One research university. Our faculty and students conduct world-class research through more than 40 research centers and in every academic department. Interdisciplinary research focuses on areas such as biomedical sciences, energy, nano-materials, community advancement and education.

Tier One Scholars receive a $1000 stipend to conduct a part-time semester research project at any time during their undergraduate career. This offers Scholars an opportunity to work one-on-one with a faculty member from their field or major. Students from all colleges and disciplines are encouraged to pursue undergraduate research projects. Karen Weber, Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research, will provide guidance in pairing Tier One Scholars with faculty members to conduct research.

The $1000 stipend can also be utilized to pursue research opportunities outside of the University of Houston. Off-campus opportunities may include research experiences in Houston through the Texas Medical Center, energy companies, federal and local government offices, and local non-profit organizations.  Students may visit Research Opportunities to learn about more off-campus opportunities and summer programs.   

Scholars are encouraged to apply for additional research scholarships and fellowships if they wish to continue gaining research experience.  Research programs for University of Houston students include the Provost’s Undergraduate Research Scholarship (PURS) and the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF).  Students may also pursue research projects for course credit, such as enrolling in an independent study course or participating in the senior honors thesis program.  Tier One Scholars will also receive information and guidance on applying for nationally and internationally competitive scholarships and external research programs.