Summer Research Assistant (GAR) Support

We are currently not accepting applications for the summer 2017 semesters.  Please check back with us in the spring semester of 2018.

The Office of Research & Sponsored Programs has limited funds to support research assistants (Graduate Assistants-Research - GARs) for master’s and doctoral students who are in the beginning stage of their thesis or dissertation.

Research Assistants (GARs) will work under the supervision of their faculty mentor on their research project during the summer.  Research Assistants who receive these funds must benefit from their work experience in that they make significant advancement toward their degree and are better prepared for their professional careers.  Throughout the course of the award:

  • Faculty mentors should ensure that research assistants (GARs) are being prepared professionally to meet their career goals.
  • The accomplishments of GARs should be integrated into research projects, and it is expected that the results gained as a result of working on the project should form the basis for the students’ thesis or dissertation.
  • Faculty mentors should help their research assistants identify and attend appropriate conferences and professional meetings to present their research results and to diligently work with them on publishing manuscripts based on their research, including their work for theses and dissertations.
  • Faculty mentors should continue to work with their GARs to ensure that they are on track to graduate in a timely manner.
  • Complete Guidelines - GAR Guidelines for Faculty

Graduate Assistant - Research (GAR) Award

(Award is limited to one GAR per Faculty Member)

Each GAR award will be for the summer semester (summer I & II terms).


Student must:

  • be admitted to a master’s or doctoral program in good academic standing at Texas A&M-Commerce
  • have a thesis/dissertation proposal approved by the Dean of Graduate Studies the time of the award
  • be enrolled in at least three (3) hours of thesis (518) or dissertation (718) each summer term
  • Complete the required Compliance Training (Responsible Conduct of Research) and specialized training for specific areas of research (i.e. Animal Care & Use, Biosafety, Human Subjects)

Nomination Process

The Thesis/Dissertation Chair must submit a letter of nomination which includes verification that the student is in the beginning stage of his/her thesis or dissertation.

Application Process

The student must submit the following to the Office of Research & Sponsored Programs:

  • two-page (maximum) description of the project in non-technical language including:
    • tasks to be completed during the summer
    • objectives of the work
    • methodology
    • timeline to complete the research
    • how the project relates to student’s research
  • current resume/vita of student (including address, phone number, email and ID#)
  • supporting letter from major adviser (must include student’s name)
  • provide a letter of accomplishments from previous research assistantship position if student received a previous award
  • Checklist must accompany all applications

Submission Deadline 

We are currently not accepting applications for the summer 2017 semesters.  Please check back with us next year.

GAR Award Recipients from previous years