Beyond the traditional classroom experience, we encourage our students to explore research firsthand as early as their sophomore year. More than half of our majors graduate with a research experience, working side-by-side with world-class experts, postdoctoral researchers, and graduate students in our laboratories each year.
Undergrads in the Lab
Undergraduates in the College of Science can learn side-by-side with faculty experts as you earn credit hours through any one of our independent research courses (291/491 listings). Learn about the research interests of our faculty before enrolling in an independent research course and make the most of your research experience.
Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program is a grant-based summer platform hosted by universities across the nation to enhance undergraduate participation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) research. For eight to 10 weeks, REU students participate in real-world scientific investigations under the guidance of a faculty mentor and receive both a stipend and housing for the duration of the program.
The College of Science currently offers REU programs in chemistry, nuclear science, mathematics , and physics and astronomy, and also sponsors an umbrella program, Summer Scholars, an optional supplement intended to help ethnic minority students network with each other and university administrators in order to build a community within the overall university-wide REU system.
These days, it’s nearly impossible to be admitted into graduate school without some form of undergraduate research training. In addition to a top-quality research experience, REUs offer a clear window into what life as a graduate student is like, helping participants determine if they have what it takes to make it in grad school. In addition, the REU Summer Scholars Program is a university-wide optional supplement to your summer research undergraduate experience intended to help ethnic minority students build a community.
50% of our students are involved in research
Biology is home to largest undergraduate research program at Texas A&M
Texas A&M offers opportunities to be an Undergraduate Research Scholar and/or Ambassador
Meet Our Undergraduate Researchers
Labors of Lab - Bianca Aridjis-Olivos (Episode 41)In our latest Labors of Lab episode, Bianca Aridjis-Olivos, a senior biochemistry/Spanish double-major from the University of Dallas, discusses spending her summer gaining hands-on research experience in the lab of Dr. Xin Yan at Texas A&M as part of the Department of Chemistry’s Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program.
For more information on REU programs, visit tx.ag/SummerREUin Science.
Labors of Lab - Sunjay Letchuman '22 & Michael Pitonak '22 (Episode 37)In our latest Labors of Lab episode, Texas A&M students Sunjay Letchuman '22 and Michael Pitonak '22 discuss their roles in the research group of biologist Jennfier Dulin '05, which investigates ways of treating spinal cord injuries.
Datathon 2019Hundreds of students ranging from freshmen to Ph.D. traveling from institutions across the nation and globe gathered at Texas A&M in October for the world’s first-ever TAMU Datathon, a 30-hour, student-run showcase featuring real-world challenges in data science, Fortune 500 sponsorship and a variety of prizes. Congratulations to all winners as well as the leadership team, mentors, sponsors and participants who helped make the inaugural event a Texas A&M-sized success — whoop!