Why Become Involved in Undergraduate Research?

  • To allow students to be creators of knowledge rather than consumers of knowledge.
  • To develop critical thinking, creativity, problem solving and intellectual independence.
  • To develop an understanding of research methodology.
  • To enhance student learning through mentoring relationships with faculty.
  • To improve opportunities for enrollment in graduate education.
  • To provide effective career preparation.
  • To open funding opportunities such as awards, grants and scholarships.
  • To present at local, state, and national conferences.

Considering Undergraduate Research

Research projects and presentations completed as an undergraduate make impressive additions to graduate school applications and resumes. We are interested in research on academic topics across disciplines, including science, English, history, Bible, mathematics, criminal justice, psychology, business, etc. Speak with your academic advisor, your professor, or any of the members of our Advisory Council if you have any questions about making progress on plans for your project.

Starting Undergraduate Research

You can work with a faculty mentor on a project at any time during the academic year or perhaps even over the summer. Many times, such research is conducted as a part of a class or as a capstone assignment for your degree. Some projects, however, emerge from a faculty members own work, and your participation makes great contributions to such projects. In turn, you then have an opportunity to develop a poster or oral presentation on your work and its results.

Presenting Undergraduate Research

Each fall, the Institute and the Advisory Council review student applications for conference funding, offering support to those whose submissions are accepted for presentation at scholarly venues like the National Conference on Undergraduate Research.