Undergraduate Research Scholar Designation (URSD)

The Undergraduate Research Scholar Designation (URSD) recognizes a student’s commitment to their development as a researcher during their undergraduate career. The URSD appears in the awards section of the transcripts of graduating students. URSD awardees receive a white research cord from the Office of Undergraduate Research to wear at convocation and commencement.

Apply the Semester you Graduate!


  1. Two semesters of research – Two semesters of research with a UofU faculty research mentor (if not done through UROP or SPUR, the student’s faculty mentor signs a verification form certifying that two semesters of research were completed).
  2. Presentation – Present at one of the Undergraduate Research Symposia (Spring, Summer or Fall). 
  3. Publication – Publish your research in the University of Utah Undergraduate Research Journal. This publication requirement ensures that students engage in the valuable reflective process of creating an enduring record of their undergraduate research experience. 

**PLEASE READ: Students must have completed all requirements associated with their involvement in other Office of Undergraduate Research programs in order to be eligible for the URSD. This includes the submission of final reports for UROP, SPUR, Small Grants, and Travel Grants, in addition to any other program requirements.

How to Apply:

Apply during the semester you graduate by completing the online URSD APPLICATION FORM. You will be asked to provide the following verifications:

  1. Two semesters of research – Indicate the semesters and years of UROP or SPUR, or upload an electronic copy of the verification form signed by your faculty mentor.
  2. Presentation Year
  3. Publication Year

At the END of each semester, The Office of Undergraduate Research will review the applications submitted and forward the names of qualifying students to the Registrar’s office.  It may take up to 60 days for the designation to appear on the transcript. URSD awardees receive a white research cord from the Office of Undergraduate Research to wear at convocation and commencement.

spring 2022 Deadlines:

EARLY deadline: February 10, 2022
Students meeting the early deadline will have their names printed as Undergraduate Research Scholars in the graduation convocation programs.
If you have not yet completed the publication and presentation requirements,
you may satisfy these requirements by registering for the
Undergraduate Research Symposium and submitting to the
Undergraduate Research Abstracts journal BEFORE applying for the URSD.

FINAL deadline: April 26, 2022.
Be advised if you submit your application after the early deadline of February 10th,
your name WILL NOT appear in the convocation program.
You will still receive the designation on your U of U transcripts.