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Undergraduate Research Award

Award Description

The CRES Undergraduate Research Award is an award, sponsored by the CRES Research, Creative Activity and Community Engagement (RCCE) Committee, given to undergraduate students engaged in original research through an undergraduate course at TCU that best exemplifies the CRES Department mission:

Comparative race and ethnic studies critically examines racial and ethnic identities as an essential step in becoming ethical citizens and leaders in today’s global community. It is an academic and community-oriented program that values respect, inclusiveness, creative expression, dialogue, engagement, inquiry and academic excellence.

Award Amount                                          

Ten nominees will be asked to present posters about their research during events associated with the CRES Student Research and Creativity Symposium.  From within this group of nominees, one winner will also receive a $300 gift certificate to be used to purchase school related supplies.  All nominees will be invited to the annual awards banquet.   


  • Undergraduate students who belong to one of the following categories:
    • CRES majors
    • CRES minors
    • Students with a CRES emphasis
    • Students taking CRES attribute courses 
    • Undergraduate students from any field or major engaged in projects that relate to the CRES mission
  • Undergraduate research projects must meet at least one of the following criteria:  

Research that examines the experiences of marginalized communities in the U.S. and beyond, explore race and ethnicity as active social, political, historical and cultural processes and use race and ethnicity as categories of analysis across time and space. 

Research that critically examines racial and ethnic identities as an essential step in becoming ethical citizens and leaders in today’s global community.         

Submission Guidelines

Posters must follow the guidelines below:  

  • The Harris College Research website at is a good place to find information about creating presentation posters.  If you click on “Student Research Symposium Tab” and then go to the “Poster Samples” section, you can see poster samples and poster templates you can choose from.  It’s easy – you just cut and paste your information into the template.    

Paper submissions must follow the guidelines below:  

  • The paper should include a 300-400 word abstract that the review committee can use to get an overview of the key arguments and ideas in the paper.
  • You may include a visual, such as a PowerPoint presentation to give the reviewers context for your research paper.
  • You should still prepare a poster of your research project by the date of the CRES Symposium or by the date requested by the review committee.

Application Instructions

Applications are due by March 31, 2019

To apply, complete the form below and be sure to upload your poster or paper abstract and paper.

Questions? Contact CRES at for more info.

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