Opportunities for Undergraduate Research Experiences

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Applications for 2020-2021 OURE Program are due no later than May 1, 2021

OURE Program Overview - The OURE program has been established to:

  • Expand opportunities for a more active form of learning by students
  • Encourage the interaction of undergraduate students with faculty
  • Expand the level of research activity on the campus
  • Help recruit superior students into our graduate program
  • Demonstrate that teaching and research are compatible and mutually reinforcing

Expectations of the OURE Experience - Students participating in the OURE program should experience:

  • A foundational understanding of how research is conducted in their disciplines
  • A greater understanding of the information resources available and how to utilize these resources
  • The fundamentals of experimental design
  • How to interpret research outcomes

Application Process

  • An original application with signatures must be submitted to Dedie Wilson
      ~207 Norwood Hall, 320 West 12th Street no later than May 1
      ~Late applications will not be accepted
  • Group projects are allowable
      ~Each student must complete and submit an individual application
      ~Maximum of 4 students per group
  • Previous OURE participants are eligible
      ~If they satisfactorily completed previous project
      ~Approved final report & reflections was submitted

    Interested Students
  • ‌Should contact an OURE Departmental Coordinator
  • Projects start at the beginning of Fall Semester each Academic Year
  • Projects end at the conclusion of Spring Semester each Academic Year

    Statement of Qualifications -
    Each participant and faculty sponsor is to:
  • Discuss their project
  • Come to an agreement
  • A cumulative grade point of 2.50 is required to participate in this program
  • Student must be a full time student with a least 12 credit hours per semester
  • Submit the completed application
      ~Due May 1
  • The faculty sponsor agrees
      ~To supervise the work
      ~Certifies the educational value of the proposed project

Budget - OURE Students

  • Will be awarded a scholarship of $500.00
      ~Payments will be offered in two installments
      ~1st payment will be in December
         --- Upon research advisor confirmation of working
      ~2nd payment in May upon submission of the final report & reflections due April 1 
         --- Approved by their research advisor
  • Money for supplies will NOT be provided by OURE Program

Note for International Students Regarding OURE Payments:
Generally, a foreign person is subject to U.S. tax on its U.S. source income.  Most types of U.S. source income received by a foreign person are subject to U.S. tax of 30%.  A reduced rate, including exemption, may apply if there is a tax treaty between the foreign person's country of residence and the United States.  The tax is generally withheld (NRA withholding) from the payment made to the foreign person.  The term NRA withholding is used in this area descriptively to refer to withholding required under sections 1441, 1442, and 1443 of the Internal Revenue Code.  Generally, NRA withholding describes the withholding regime that requires 30% withholding on a payment of U.S. source income and the filing of Form 1042 and related Form 1042-S.  Payments to all foreign persons, including nonresident alien individuals, foreign entities and governments, may be subject to NRA withholding.

OURE Report Guidelines:

Each funded project must provide a final report and Reflections:

  • Report
      ~In the style of a journal manuscript, when appropriate
      ~No less than 5 pages in length
      ~Single spaced
  • Reflections
      ~Short description 
  • Final Reports & Reflections must be submitted to your research advisor
  • Reserarch Advisor must submit approved final reports & reflections
      ~Research Advisor must submit electronically by April 1
      ~Submit to Dedie at byfieldr@mst.edu
    ~Report - Last name, first initial, OURE, year
    Example Report Title: MinerJ.OURE.2017-18
    ~Reflections - Last name, first initial, Reflections, year
    Example Reflections Title: MinerJ.OURE.REFLECTIONS.2017-18