TU Research Enhancement Program

The TU Research Enhancement Program (TU REP) offers you the opportunity to engage in authentic research starting early in your academic career and continuing throughout your time at Towson University.

Biology students

TU REP will introduce you to a variety of scientific disciplines early in your academic career through authentic research projects in multiple courses. Through the program you will gain valuable experience conducting laboratory or field research work and engage in the scientific process. You can use these skills when applying for internships, research opportunities, STEM careers and graduate school.

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How to Apply

TU Research Enhancement Program accepts 20-24 students each term. If you are
interested in participating in the program please email 

Benefits of Participation

  • Preferential enrollment in course-based research laboratory classes (CUREs)
  • Guidance and support from TU REP faculty and senior TU REP students
  • Get paid to mentor students in CURE classes as a teaching assistant
  • Preferential consideration for conducting independent research with faculty in the department
  • Receive financial support to attend and present at local, regional and national conferences

Program Description

The Curriculum

  • Introduction to Research Methods (IRM)
  • Minimum of two CUREs (this fulfills elective requirements)*
  • Present course research at a conference**

* After taking two CUREs you have the option of continuing to take CURE classes as your schedule allows.

** You will have the opportunity to give presentations in your formal courses and you also have the option of presenting your results in several venues: the undergraduate research conference in December and/or a university-wide student EXPO in the spring. There is also the opportunity to present at regional and national conferences.