DRS Institute


The 2021 program application is closed. The application for the 2022 program will open in early December with an early February 2022 deadline.

The Diamond Research Scholars Program provides Temple undergraduates the opportunity to engage in a focused, mentored research or creative arts project during the summer and fall. The program requires that students participate in the all-day Undergraduate Research Institute, devote ten weeks during the summer to develop a research project in their area of interest under the direction of their faculty mentor, and complete the project during the fall semester while registered for an independent study/research course.


  • Current full-time undergraduates from all Temple schools and colleges
  • Minimum 3.25 cumulative GPA
  • Rising Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors
  • Full-time undergraduate enrollment at Temple during the fall of the academic year following the summer research experience--preference will be given to applicants also enrolling in the spring
  • Attendance at the required all-day Undergraduate Research Institute May 7, 2021
  • Have identified a full-time Temple faculty member who has agreed to serve as their faculty mentor for the entire length of the program
  • Ability to devote full-time work on the research/creative project during the 10 week summer program (no additional job, internship or summer coursework is permitted)
  • Students with a Merit Scholarship Stipend available may apply but must use stipend for the program

Undergraduate Research Institute Activities

  • Overview of the Diamond Research Scholars program
  • Introduce students to research methods and design
  • Developing the research question
  • Research seminars with experts in the field
  • Work with mentor in establishing a timeline and expectations for the project

General Timeline for Project – Summer/Fall

  • Focus on project for 10 weeks (roughly mid-May to Aug. 1)
  • Preliminary Presentation on project in late July or early August
  • Register for a 1-3 credit independent study/research course during fall semester
  • Fall update meeting
  • Final papers/projects are due to mentors by December. Revised, polished versions are to be submitted to the Symposium for Undergraduate Research and Creativity.
  • Gather in December with mentors for a celebratory reception


Diamond Research Scholars receive a $4000 stipend for the 10 week summer program.


Information for faculty mentors can be found here. Guidelines for recommendation letters for the program can be found here. All applicants should share this information with proposed mentors. 

Advice from former faculty mentors for the Diamond Research Scholars program can be found here.  

How To Apply

The online application is linked below. Students should review the tips for preparing a strong application here. Applicants will typically be notified of their status by mid-March.

Diamond Research Scholars application

Students are expected to present their project at various events both formal and informal throughout the year. Revised versions of the completed work shall be submitted for the spring semester Symposium for Undergraduate Research and Creativity (formerly TURF-CreWS). Students should strive to publish their research papers and/or present their creative works in a public forum.

If you have questions, please email: DiamondResearchScholars@temple.edu

Program Contacts:

Emily Moerer
Associate Vice Provost
Undergraduate Studies

Kerry Milch
Assistant Director for Undergraduate Enrichment
Undergraduate Studies