ENTO 291/491-Research

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.

It is the student’s responsibility to seek out and identify a faculty member and project that meets the above criteria for their credit. 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.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Students should demonstrate critical thinking skills by establishing testable hypotheses, presenting logical experimental methods, analyzing data, interpreting results, and discussing findings.
  2. 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 do I find a research opportunity, apply for ENTO 491/291 credit, and get registered?

Step 1: Find and secure a research opportunity that meets your interests/career goals.

  • Find a research opportunity that interests you. You must have an official research offer before you can apply for ENTO 491/291 credit. It is the student’s responsibility to identify and secure an internship.
  • Look up faculty and their research interests/lab groups on the department website.
  • When reaching out to a faculty member introduce yourself (name, major, your interests/goals). Tell them you are looking for research for credit and what interests you about their research (check out their faculty/lab profiles on the department’s webpage first!). Ask if they have any opportunities for you and what their expectations are for their lab/projects.
  • Work with the research faculty to write up your proposal if you are extended an opportunity.

Step 2: Confirm with your Academic Advisor the number of credit hours needed before submitting the ENTO 491/291 application.

  • 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 in 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 ENTO 491/291 application and proposal before the deadline.

  • You cannot self-register for this credit.
  • Your Academic Advisor does not register you for this credit.
  • You must apply through the links provided on this webpage for the semester in which you will complete the internship to be considered for registration.
  • If you do not receive a confirmation email, your application was not received, please resubmit.
  • Submission of an application does not guarantee approval of research or registration for the credit hours for which a student is requesting. It is the student’s responsibility to check their TAMU email account for correspondence regarding their application.
  • The application includes a 1–2-page formal proposal for Professional Internship before student will be registered. Students will notbe registered for ENTO 491/291 credit hours until a formal proposal is on file in the Entomology Undergraduate Programs Office. The proposal must include the title page and the following:
      • Proposal Content:
    • Provide a section on scientific background that may be relevant to the research being done. Include the current state of knowledge.
    • List and describe specific objectives to attain the above goal. Provide a brief description of how each objective will be achieved (your methods).
    • Describe how this research will be useful for the relevant field of study; what will it add to the current knowledge base.
      • Proposal Formatting:
        • Student’s 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, UIN
          – Number of Credit Hours
          – Semester (Fall, Spring, first-, second-, or 10-week Summer)
          – Registration Year
          – Major
          – 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 CITI RCR training, and applicable Howdy/travel forms.

  • The proposal will be reviewed, and more information or additional steps in Howdy may be requested for the student to complete. Please monitor your TAMU email. You will not be registered for Research credit until the Department has verified and approved your project(s) with the research supervisor. Be sure you have provided the correct contact information for your supervisor in your application.
  • The department coordinator will email instructions for how you complete the Citi RCR Training Howdy Terms of Use agreement and Location Confirmation (if applicable) steps once your internship is verified.
  • The above training/s do not include laboratory-specific training. It is the research advisor’s responsibility to ensure that their lab specific training is completed by the student prior to entry to their lab/initiation of research.

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. Students are responsible for checking registration dates for each semester. Establish your research schedule with your supervisor before the semester begins. The expectation is that students should obligate 3 hours of lab time per week per credit hour (for a long term, i.e., fall and spring). The workload per week will vary depending on the project and part of term.

Step 5: Coordinator registers student for ENTO 491/291 credit

  • 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.
  • Registration confirmation is emailed to you.
  • Establish your research schedule with your supervisor before you begin the research.

Registration Process:

Once your proposal is received an email will be sent to Dr. Faris for review and approval. You will not be registered for Research credit until Dr. Faris has verified your proposal and approved your project(s) with the Faculty Research Mentor/Advisor. Be sure you have verified your project proposal with your Faculty Research Mentor/Advisor prior to submitting your application.

Enrollment/Employment Requirements:

Students and Faculty Mentors must comply with all enrollment and/or employment policies associated with ENTO 491 Research. Mentors should be familiar with these policies prior to the development of a ENTO 491 Research project and recruitment of students into ENTO 491 Research.  Students should also be familiar with these policies prior to agreeing to participate ENTO 491 Research. Students and Mentors should consult the Entomology Academic Advising or Human Resources staff as to the current policies.

Application Deadlines and Links to Apply (all deadlines are before 5pm):

*Ensure you are applying for the correct course: 291 is for freshmen and sophomores, 491 is for junior and senior classification only.

ENTO 491 Applications:

 

Summer 2022, ENTO 491 Application link: https://tamuag.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_erqlvjik4yZhNWK

Majors Application Deadline: May 20, 2022

Non-Majors Application Deadline: May 31, 2022

Fall 2022ENTO 491 Application link: https://tamuag.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_beDPfSncH9pN1qK

Majors Application Deadline: August 22, 2022

Non-Majors Application Deadline: August 29, 2022

Spring 2023ENTO 491 Application link: https://tamuag.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_beDPfSncH9pN1qK

Majors Application Deadline: January 12, 2023

Non-Majors Application Deadline: January 20, 2023

Summer 2023ENTO 491 Application link: https://tamuag.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_beDPfSncH9pN1qK

Majors Application Deadline: May 25, 2023

Non-Majors Application Deadline: June 1, 2023

 

ENTO 291 Applications:

Summer 2022, ENTO 291 Application link: https://tamuag.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_da3NOCaCcbJv91I

Majors Application Deadline: May 20, 2022

Fall 2022ENTO 291 Application link: https://tamuag.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_br5Ke1r7fcHhAUu

Majors Application Deadline: August 22, 2022

Spring 2023ENTO 291 Application link: https://tamuag.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_br5Ke1r7fcHhAUu

Majors Application Deadline: January 12, 2023

Summer 2023ENTO 291 Application link: https://tamuag.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_br5Ke1r7fcHhAUu

Majors Application Deadline: May 25, 2023

 

What do I need to do during research?

  1. Exhibit professionalism. 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.
  2. 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. Ask your research supervisor what else they expect you to detail in your notebook.
  3. Work your required hours. Spread out over the semester. Work a minimum of 3 hours per week per credit registered during the fall/spring semester. It is expected that an individual that signs up for 2 credits will work a minimum of 6 hours per week for 15 weeks (a total of 90 hours). Research can be variable in terms of work flow. Be prepared to adjust your schedule to your project’s needs.
  4. Go above and beyond. Take advantage of every opportunity a mentor shares with you! This is your chance to learn in a real-world setting. If you have free time or finish a task early, ask your mentor what you can do next. Take initiative!
  5. Present your research. TAMU Student Research Week is a great way to gain experience in a friendly setting. Present your research, win a prize and put some conference experience on your resume/CV!

Your research is what you make of it! Majority of our students have no problem meeting the hour requirement, instead they often exceed it due to their excitement to see and experience as much as they can.

Please treat this research as a job and a priority. This is your opportunity to build a professional network. Your supervisor may serve as a professional reference for you when you apply for jobs, graduate or professional school. Take this experience seriously and respect the time your research faculty advisor is dedicating to mentoring you.

What do I need to submit at the end of the semester to earn ENTO 491 credit?

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 Documentation includes:

  1. The 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
    • methods
    • results
    • discussion
    • conclusions
    • 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.
  1. 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).

The final questionnaire, final project report, and lab notebook/project journal are due by the last class day of the semester in which the student is registered. The links to submit these items and the due date by semester are provided below.

Final Report Deadlines and Links to Submit Final Documents (all deadlines are before 5pm):

*Ensure you are uploading documents for the correct course: 291 is for freshmen and sophomore classification, 491 is for junior and senior classification.

ENTO 491 Final Documents:

Summer 2022FIVS 491:

Final Document Submission Deadline: August 5, 2022
Link to Upload Final ENTO 491 Documents: https://tamuag.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_dgJPvCbjy4Zz2MC

Fall 2022, ENTO 491:

Final Document Submission Deadline: December 7, 2022
Link to Upload Final ENTO 491 Documents: https://tamuag.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3xTCSUdd13UBD7w

Spring 2023, ENTO 491:

Final Document Submission Deadline: May 2, 2023
Link to Upload Final ENTO 491 Documents: https://tamuag.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3xTCSUdd13UBD7w

Summer 2023, ENTO 491:

Final Document Submission Deadline: August 8, 2023
Link to Upload Final ENTO 491 Documents: https://tamuag.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3xTCSUdd13UBD7w

 

ENTO 291 Final Documents:

Summer 2022ENTO 291:

Final Document Submission Deadline: August 5, 2022
Link to Upload Final ENTO 291 Documents: https://tamuag.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_b1M5blE3m6CZNb0

Fall 2022, ENTO 291:

Final Document Submission Deadline: December 7, 2022
Link to Upload Final ENTO 291 Documents: https://tamuag.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_afzMv8MTS99HQ58

Spring 2023, ENTO 291:

Final Document Submission Deadline: May 2, 2023
Link to Upload Final ENTO 291 Documents: https://tamuag.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_afzMv8MTS99HQ58

Summer 2023, ENTO 291:

Final Document Submission Deadline: August 8, 2023
Link to Upload Final FIVS 291 Documents: https://tamuag.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_afzMv8MTS99HQ58

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