Research and Funding

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Research Travel

Through the Office of Undergraduate Research, you have specialized access to funding and travel in support of your excellent research and scholarly work.

Undergraduate Research Funding

The Office of Undergraduate Research at Lamar University (LU) is seeking proposals from undergraduate students to support their research and creative activities. The program is meant to encourage undergraduate students from all academic areas to participate in scholarly work mentored by at least one LU faculty member. Curious about past grant recipients and their abstracts?

Undergraduate students enrolled in 12 hours or more both in Fall 2018 and Spring 2019. (Students enrolled in 9 hours either in Fall 2018 or Spring 2019 may be eligible to apply; however, a letter from the Chair of the student's major department must be accompanied with the proposal. The Chair needs to explain the special circumstances regarding the lower number of credit hours based on the degree plan of the student.) CGPA: Minimum of 3.0 (Exceptional proposals from students with lower GPAs will also be considered.) Each applicant must have at least one mentor. 


Travel Opportunities - Current Year

The Undergraduate Research Travel Grant provides financial support to students who travel for the purposes of conducting research related to an ongoing research or creative activities project.

Important Note: Travel Grant Applications must be submitted for review with all supplemental components COMPLETE in their entirety. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. The applications will be returned to applicant for completion before reviewing process can begin.

Applications are reviewed throughout the year.

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Summer Undergraduate Research Program at Lamar University (REU)

 REU at Lamar University

Summer Undergraduate Research Program


REU at LU is a 10-week research and academic experience hosted by Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. This REU site offers sophomores, juniors, and seniors from accredited U.S. colleges or universities the opportunity to perform summer research in the fields of big data analytics, data dimension reduction, matrix factorization & graph theory. Students at this site will be engaged in all stages of the big data analysis cycle. REU at LU is designed to spark and sustain a new excitement about undergraduate research through mathematics and statistics disciplines.

The REU Program is made possible by a generous grant from the National Science Foundation.  This material is based upon work supported by the NSF under Award No. 1757717.

Qualifications:  U.S. Citizen or permanent resident enrolled as a rising sophomore, junior or senior at an affiliated institution.

REU 2018 Application Deadline: February 28, 2019

Participation Dates: June 4, 2018 - August 12, 2019

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Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF)

The Office of Undergraduate Research is proud to announce SURF (Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship), an innovative new program, as another venue by which the Office of Undergraduate Research hopes to encourage you to explore your fields of study through creative activity and research under faculty mentorship.


SURF 2019 Application Deadline: March 4, 2019

Participation Dates: June , 2019 - August, 2019


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