Frequently Asked Questions

How do I become involved in undergraduate research?

You can contact one of your professors or your academic advisor to learn more about existing opportunities, and you can also visit with Barbara Slate, Library Liaison for Undergraduate Research, at barbara.slate@lcu.edu for further information.

Can I get involved as a freshman?

Yes, getting involved in undergraduate research can start at any stage of your time here at LCU.

What majors are involved in undergraduate research?

Undergraduate research opportunities involve all academic disciplines.

Can I get course credit for undergraduate research?

Yes, that is a possibility. Contact your faculty mentor or your advisor for more information about potential opportunities to obtain academic course credit for undergraduate research projects.

How will undergraduate research help me in the future?

Participating in an undergraduate research project provides a number of opportunities for students. Experience in conducting research provides preparation for acceptance into graduate or professional school, and such accomplishments can supplement your resume and improve your career prospects. Moreover, practical application of the theories learned in class enhances your understanding of these concepts and increases your learning. Also, completed projects may open doors to grants, scholarships, or awards.

Who will guide me through my research?

Each undergraduate research project proceeds under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Faculty may approach students regarding participation in an undergraduate research opportunity, or students often approach faculty members to ask whether or not they would be interested in mentoring research or helping develop ideas. Some of our ongoing, current research projects may provide opportunities for students to become involved.

What is an abstract?

An abstract is a brief summary of the research project. Usually, the abstract includes a problem statement or thesis, a methodology or theoretical framework for the project, the results of the study or analysis, and a conclusion. Separately, a bibliography provides the sources used for your literature review. At LCU’s Scholars Colloquium, abstracts are required for both posters and presentations. To request funding to attend a state or national conference (such as NCUR), you must apply through the LCU's Institute for Undergraduate Research. The Institute’s Advisory Council on Undergraduate Research will evaluate all abstract submissions and determine potential funding for scholarly travel.

How do I write an abstract?

Review the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) guidelines, which can be found at the CUR website. Be sure to follow the format required by the professional meeting that you plan to attend. You might also consider the following resources:

How do I submit an abstract?

When submitting for our own Scholars Colloquium, for NCUR, or for some other academic conference, please submit an electronic version of your abstract to Barbara Slate. All abstracts will then be passed on to the Institute’s Advisory Council on Undergraduate Research for evaluation according to the following basic criteria:

  1. Significance of Research: How significant is the overall impact of the results/conclusions? How does the project contribute to overall scholarship?
  2. Project Maturity: Is the project sufficiently mature to have results/conclusions? Is the paper or poster completed? Have you attached it or a picture of it to this abstract?
  3. Clarity of the Project Description: How well does the student use written communication to describe the project in the required abstract? This evaluation will also include organization and grammar.

How do I develop a poster or oral research presentation?