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Office of Graduate Studies at UT Arlington

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I Engage

Cultivating mentored research experiences

The Office of Graduate Studies’ I Engage Mentoring (IM) program provides funding for doctoral and doctoral-bound students to gain teaching and mentoring experience by serving as a research mentor to a UT Arlington undergraduate. Undergraduates will have the opportunity to work closely with a graduate student mentor on either the mentor’s research/creative project or on their own research/creative project. Graduate students will receive a $400 stipend during the term in which they participate in the project.

The program is open to all junior- or senior-level undergraduate students, but minority, underrepresented, and first-generation undergraduates are particularly encouraged to participate. They will receive a scholarship for three semester credit hours of independent study in the term in which they participate in the project.

The undergraduate is expected to gain research experience, learn more about an academic discipline, network with other students and faculty, and refine skills critical for academic and professional growth. Likewise, the graduate student will exercise and develop mentoring skills and benefits from progress made on the research/creative project. Part of the undergraduate’s experience must be “hands-on” in nature, but the mentor will be expected to help the undergraduate develop his or her academic understanding related to the selected project.

The graduate student mentor-undergraduate trainee pair must self-identify at the time of application to the program and submit a complete application with appropriate faculty approval in order to be considered.

Applications are due by May 4, 2015 for the Summer 2015 program.


Please review the Application Instructions before beginning the application process.


The application for the I Engage Mentoring Program includes a cover sheet and a syllabus for your proposed research project/course.   The Cover Sheet is a fillable pdf form.   Enter the required information, save, and email to the Program Coordinator (   You will enter the information from your syllabus into the Application Form.  The form is based on the UTA-required syllabus. The completed syllabus serves as the application for the I Engage Mentoring Program (IM) program and is to be completed jointly by the mentor and undergraduate student with guidance from and approval by the faculty sponsor.  The syllabus should reflect a plan of study that explicitly describes the activities, expectations, anticipated outcomes and basis of evaluation for the undergraduate and graduate students participating in this project.

 If you would like to receive feedback on your project, email a MS Word version of your DRAFT Application Syllabus to the Program Coordinator no later than one week before (April 27, 2015, 5:00pm) the final due date.  Depending on the number of early submissions, you can expect to receive feedback within 48 hours.  PLEASE NOTE:  only applications submitted using the online Application Form will be considered for funding.

All of the following must be received no later than May 4, 2015 (midnight) for your application to be considered:

1. Syllabus submitted using the Application Form;
2. Faculty letter of support emailed to the Program Coordinator; and
3. Completed Cover Sheet emailed to the Program Coordinator.

Please contact the Program Coordinator, Lisa Berry (, if you have any questions about the program or the application process.