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Undergraduate Research Task Force Releases Report

Team was charged with examining the state of undergraduate research and recommending improvements.

Texas Tech University

To the Texas Tech family,

In 2011, Provost Bob Smith and I established an Undergraduate Research Task Force to examine the state of undergraduate research at Texas Tech and make recommendations on how the university can become a premier institution for undergraduate research. I have received the report and recommendations of the task force and am asking Provost Smith to implement the appropriate recommendations.

Undergraduate research has long been a staple of Texas Tech, and it is a key element of active learning on our campus along with study abroad opportunities, service learning and internships.

The task force did a commendable job of examining undergraduate research opportunities as they currently exist on the campus and gathering information on how we can improve those opportunities for both faculty and students.

I am excited that undergraduate research is a becoming a signature program at Texas Tech.

To view the task force report, click here.

Guy Bailey


Texas Tech University

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One Response to “Undergraduate Research Task Force Releases Report”

  1. Byrd Easter Says:

    I am excited to read about the new implementations to improve the Texas Tech University Research Programs. It can become very stifling for a student to participate only in the programs of research implemented by the University or the College(s) of Science. For instance during one of my Anatomy and Physiology II lectures, the Professor was speaking on repolarization and depolarization. For whatever reason my mind could not let go of “sodium and potassium ions”. I have been independently researching the topic since that lecture. My husband told me after my brain surgery that I had a notebook that I had kept on the subject for over 5 years! I was very excited to learn this and grateful that although the surgery has left some unexpected physical challenges it has made my mind even clearer in some things and I have continued to write my papers on the things that interest, intrigue just spark that question of not only “why?” but also “but why?”, two very inherently yet different questions.
    I also noticed that nontraditional students as myself are never mentioned nor included in these processes. Currently I am applying to Universities in the Houston area to become a student in Biology, Chemistry or Microbiology. My goal is to eventually become a Clinical Laboratory Scientist and apply to Medical School. I have learned the value of a correct diagnosis after my battle with my disease and just love the work I am doing even though it is not recognized! Once again, thank you for striving to bring the beautiful world of science to another generation of new minds, both young and old.

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