Undergraduate Research Studios (UGRS)
We are a creative technology research lab exploring a range of research topics in Human-Computer Interaction, Digital Fabrication, and Art Practice, and we are looking for skilled and passionate undergraduate students to join us. The Undergraduate Research Studios program is designed to provide a structured research experience, expose you to new digital fabrication equipment and techniques, support you in developing critical research skills, and allow you to make connections with other like-minded undergrads.
UGRS participants will have access to state-of-the-art digital fabrication equipment and materials.
Participants can choose from one of three research areas to explore (see below for more information). Each research area requires a diverse set of skills – from material science to art to signal processing to psychology. We are especially interested in students with sophomore- or junior-standing from across the College of Engineering and College of Liberal Arts.
Prior research experience is not needed, but a passion for making is strongly encouraged. We expect members of the program to be able to commit 10 hours/week of their time towards research and atelier projects, to help and support other UGRS participants, and to publish their work in the atelier through an open-source software/hardware repository, as an Instructable or Thing , or as a research product (e.g., peer-reviewed video, demo, poster, work-in-progress, or paper).
Research credit is available. Only 10 positions will be made available for the Spring 2020 Cycle (please review application deadlines). Funded positions will be made available in the future, with special preference for atelier members.
The application will ask you to provide:
Important Dates (Spring 2020 Cycle)
|Applications Open||December 9, 2019|
|Applications First Review||January 6, 2020, End of Day|
|Notification of Acceptance||January 15, 2020|
|Safety Training||1st week of February 2020 (Date TBD)|
|1st Lab Mtg||2nd week of February 2020 (Date TBD)|
The Spring 2020 UGRS program will focus on the following research areas:
Eligibility and Capacity
UGRS positions are available to currently enrolled UTA undergraduates. We are especially interested in participation from sophomore and junior-level standing students, especially students with interdisciplinary interests (e.g., double majors, minors, interdisciplinary research experience). A total of 10 positions will be available for Spring 2020. To promote interdisciplinarity, the following quotas are in place:
Come be a part of an interdisciplinary research lab!
Roles & Stipend
Students will receive a stipend commensurable with their participation and skill level within the lab. Promotion to a different expertise will be based on an end-of-semester critique of artifacts and determined by three independent judges. Fully-funded positions will be made available in the future (e.g., work study, semester/summer REU, research assistantships), with special consideration to existing atelier members.
|Newcomer||$0||~ 1 semester||
|Apprentice||$200/semester||~ 2 semesters||
Develop skills and mastery of equipment, materials, and tools.
Apply skills towards a research project.
|Practitioner||$400/semester||~ 2 semesters||
Submit a research paper for review.
Develop expertise in another domain.
Offer training and assistance to other makers.
Develop expertise in 3 domains.
Carry out independent research.
Carry out funded-research activity (or independent research activity as applicable)