Research, while not necessarily an essential part of your application, may be something you are interested in and could help boost your application. Texas Tech University is blossoming as a research institution. The “quest for tier 1” is providing students with incredible opportunities to participate in undergraduate research. Programs such as the Center for Undergraduate Research, Honors Undergraduate Research Fellowship, and HHMI are all organizations dedicated to expanding undergraduate research at Texas Tech. Each provides students with networking opportunities allowing them to find professors who are researching a subject that it is interesting to them.
If you are considering Undergraduate Research, joining one of these organizations may help you accomplish that goal. Furthermore, simply asking your professors about research and how to get involved is a great way to show interest and get involved.