Frequently Asked Questions

Describe the program's specifics.

TURC manifests itself in various forms throughout the university as faculty mentors adapt the program to fit their disciplines. Thus, TURC generates many diverse "programs" within the colleges. The common threads are advanced research, challenging coursework, and community service.

Who determines my research project?

Ideally the student's research is "mentor-driven." That is, students follow the lead of their advisors when undertaking research projects. Occasionally TURC students drive their own research projects with assistance from faculty mentors.

What are the requirements of joining TURC?

TURC is comprised of exceptional students who desire to conduct significant scholarly research. The primary requirement is obtaining the commitment of a faculty mentor.

How do I find a faculty mentor?

Express your interest to TURC Associate Director Nona Charleston. Regrettably, the program cannot always accommodate even highly qualified students due to the substantial time commitment required of faculty.

What about summer funding?

Specifics differ between the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Engineering and Natural Sciences, but in general TURC will provide funding for at least one summer for students who wish to conduct work on TURC related projects. In order to receive funding for summer research, students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0.