ENTO 491 is project-oriented, faculty-supervised research. Projects should be hypothesis-driven and provide students with appropriate scientific research experience.
- Students must be Junior or Senior classification to apply for ENTO 491
- Freshmen and Sophomores may complete ENTO 291 which does not satisfy degree requirements
- Students must seek out and identify a faculty member and project that meets the above criteria
- Students should be engaged with the faculty at each step of this application process and work with them to identify and develop a project and conduct research
- Students should demonstrate critical thinking skills by establishing testable hypotheses, presenting logical experimental methods, analyzing data, interpreting results, and discussing findings.
- Students should demonstrate technical competency through correct usage of terminology, concepts, principles, and logic in all elements of the research project.
- Final grade will be assigned based on assessment of these learning outcomes and content evaluation of the final project report and lab notebook.
How to Apply and Register
Step 1: Find and secure a research opportunity
Find a research opportunity that interests you. You must have an official research offer before you can apply for ENTO 491/291 credit.
- Look up faculty and their research interests/lab groups on the department website.
- Reach out to faculty members with whom you would like to work
- Introduce yourself (name, major, your interests/goals)
- Explain that you are looking for a research position for credit, and what interests you about their research
- Ask if they have any opportunities for you, and what their expectations are for their lab/projects
- If you are extended an opportunity, work with the research faculty to write up your proposal
Students and Faculty Mentors must comply with all enrollment and/or employment policies associated with ENTO 491 Research.
Step 2: Confirm the number of credit hours needed
Contact your academic advisor to confirm the number of credits you need. 2 credits of 491 are required for your degree plan. 291 does not satisfy the degree requirements.
- 1 credit hour = minimum of 45 working hours.
- 2 credit hours = minimum of 90 working hours.
- Additional credit hours must be approved by your Academic Advisor, maximum allowed is 4 credits.
To determine if your degree plan has room for more than the required 2 credits to count as directed electives, contact your Academic Advisor before applying.
Step 3: Complete the application and proposal
You must apply through the links provided on this webpage for the semester in which you will complete the research to be considered for registration.
If you do not receive a confirmation email, your application was not received, please resubmit.
Submitting an application does not guarantee approval of research or registration for the credit hours. Students must monitor their TAMU email account for correspondence regarding their application.
The application includes a 1–2-page formal proposal for Research before student will be registered.
Students will not be registered for ENTO 491/291 credit hours until a formal proposal is on file in the Entomology Undergraduate Programs Office.
Required Proposal Content
- Your scientific background that may be relevant to the research being done, and the current state of your knowledge of the topic
- Your research goal, specific objectives to achieve it, and method for each objective
- How this research will be useful for the relevant field of study, and what will it add to the current knowledge base
- Proposals must be in APA format, double spaced, 12-pt font
- A title page with the following information must be included with the student’s proposal:
- Student’s Name and UIN
- Number of Credit Hours
- Semester (Fall, Spring, first-, second-, or 10-week Summer)
- Registration Year
- Date, Student Phone, Student Address, Student Email
- Supervisor, Supervisor Title, Supervisor Company, Supervisor Phone & Email
- Proposals without a title page will not be processed
- Save proposal in the following file format: StudentLast,StudentFirst_ENTO491_SupervisorLast
Step 4: Research verification, completion of required training and forms
- Proposals will be reviewed, and more information or additional steps in Howdy may be requested
- Students will not be registered for Research credit until the Department has verified and approved project(s) with the research supervisor
- The department coordinator will email instructions for how you complete required training steps once the research is verified
- Department-required training/s do not include lab-specific training. The research advisor must ensure that lab-specific training is completed by the student prior to entry to their lab.
Step 5: Coordinator registers student for ENTO 491/291
- Students should allow a minimum of two business weeks after application closing date for this process to be approved.
- Students may only be registered for Research credit hours during university approved registration periods; credit cannot be applied retroactively.
- Students are responsible for checking registration dates for each semester.
- Students will receive registration confirmation via email.
- Establish your research schedule with your supervisor before you begin the research.
Application Links and Deadlines
- ENTO 291 is for Freshmen and Sophomores
- ENTO 491 is for Juniors and Seniors
- All applications must be submitted by 5:00pm on the deadline date listed
|ENTO 291 Application Link||ENTO Majors Deadline|
|Spring 2023 Application||January 12, 2023|
|Summer 2023 Application||May 25, 2023|
|ENTO 491 Application Link||ENTO Majors Deadline||Non-Majors Deadline|
|Spring 2023 Application||January 12, 2023||January 20, 2023|
|Summer 2023 Application||May 25, 2023||June 1, 2023|
ENTO 291/491 Course Expectations
- Treat this experience as your job and a priority. Be in regular communication with your research faculty advisor and know what their expectations are so you can meet them.
- Log your experiences in a lab notebook. Track the dates, times and hours worked, along with a description of what you worked on, learned and observed daily. This must be logged to earn credits.
- Work your required hours. Work a minimum of 3 hours per week per credit registered during the fall/spring semester. Research can be variable in terms of work flow. Be prepared to adjust your schedule to your project’s needs.
- Present your research. TAMU Student Research Week is a great way to gain experience in a friendly setting.
Requirements for Final Grade
By the deadline indicated for the semester in which the student is registered, the student is to complete a project questionnaire and upload the final project documentation to the link associated with the semester for which they registered (see links and deadlines for submitting final documents at the bottom of the page).
Technical difficulties are the responsibility of the student and sometimes occur; therefore, we strongly encourage students to submit the documents well in advance of the deadline to allow for troubleshooting if technical difficulties occur.
Required Final Project Documentation
Final Project Report
- In manuscript format (double spaced, 12 pt font, up to 10-pages, 1500 word minimum)
- Build upon the research proposal you submitted to include the following:
- Summarized activities and experiences
- References (if utilized) cited in a journal appropriate to your field
Note: The final project report for your research can be in the form of a poster if it captures the same information and either has been, or will be presented at a meeting, conference, or other similar venue.
Project Journal or Laboratory Notebook
- Submit as a single, scanned PDF.
- This should detail your work on your project duties over the course of your Research experience.
- The journal description should indicate that the student should keep a journal that indicates activities conducted each day. They should indicate date and amount of time allocated (by day).
Final Document Links and Deadlines
- ENTO 291 is for Freshmen and Sophomores
- ENTO 491 is for Juniors and Seniors
- All final documents must be submitted by 5:00pm on the deadline date listed
|ENTO 291 Final Document Submission Link||ENTO 491 Final Document Submission Deadline|
|Spring 2023 Final Document Submission||May 2, 2023|
|Summer 2023 Final Document Submission||August 8, 2023|