Undergraduate Research Initiatives at UNT

In order to promote undergraduate research across the UNT campus, the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs provides funding each year for proposals that engage faculty and undergraduate students in research projects. The URI program is directed and managed by the Honors College. In academic year 2009-10, seven proposals were funded at $8,000 each, providing funds to pay student researchers and offer enrichment activities to enhance the research projects. Research topics ranged from supply chain management to environmentally-green interior design. Enrichment activities included presentation of research at scholarly conferences and field trips to NASA in Houston and the Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin. One of the most interesting proposals involved collaboration of engineering and computer science students to build a drone and write the software for its operation. The interesting paper below describes the work of these student researchers, who gathered to watch their plane fly, then crash, although with minimal damage.