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. 


Who researches?

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. 

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Why research?

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, and develop personal relationships with your professors.

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