Office of Undergraduate Research

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CUR Mission Statement

The mission of the Council on Undergraduate Research is to support and promote high-quality undergraduate student-faculty collaborative research and scholarship.

What is Undergraduate Research?

Undergraduate research is an inquiry or investigation conducted by an undergraduate student that makes an original intellectual or creative contribution to the discipline.  See the official fact sheet here.

Why Become Involved in Undergraduate Research?

Students:

  • 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 allow student to be a creator of knowledge rather than a consumer of knowledge

Faculty:

  • To increase retention
  • To promote an innovation-oriented culture

Both Students and Faculty:

  • To develop critical thinking, creativity, problem solving and intellectual independence
  • To develop an understanding of research methodology

Looking Back

Four years ago the Council on Undergraduate Research was established. In that time, nearly 30 students have presented their original research at national academic conferences.

Looking Forward

In several disciplines across campus, 16 undergraduate researchers are conducting original research. A sampling of these projects are:

  • Establishing growth parameters of the fungus Picnoporus sanguineus for the breakdown of agricultural waste for biofuel production
  • DNA profiling of E. coli isolated from resident waterfowl feces at playa lakes
  • Determining the optimum size of catfish for lake stocking
  • The Effectiveness of short-term intensive Youth Ministry internships
  • Sports Ministry in the Church: The Effects on Moral Reasoning
Last Updated: Dec 19, 2013