The Undergraduate Research Students' Association is an undergraduate research community committed to expanding access to undergraduate research at UTK.
What is research?
Research is not just pipetting in a laboratory. URSA is committed to expanding the traditional definition of undergraduate research on campus. Our definition? Finding something you are passionate about, learning about it, and contributing something new to it--whether that be a work of art, a written work, or an experiment.
Everyone can research! Undergraduate research is not just for honors students, science students, or overachievers, and you don't need a lot of background to dive in. Undergraduate research is meant to be a learning experience. Never be deterred by inexperience or the perception that you don't know enough.
URSA strongly believes that undergraduate research is a transformative experience, critical to making the undergraduate college experience worthwhile. It's a great way to explore your interests, figure out if you really want to do what you think you want to do, develop personal relationships with your professors, and make a big school feel smaller.