Fast Facts


The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) works to support and promote discovery-, inquiry-, scholarship and creativity-based opportunities through mentored research experiences.

How We Achieve Our Mission

The OUR assists students and mentors by:

  • Connecting one another with exciting research opportunities
  • Awarding research funds
  • Hosting research exploration events
  • Reducing barriers for participation in research
  • Providing opportunities to communicate research to others through multiple research symposiums, a research journal, and funding to intern/national conferences to present their research



OUR is housed in the DH Hill Jr. Library in suite 2425

Design students and faculty working in the studio spaces in Leazer.
A student works in the biochemistry lab on campus. Photo by Marc Hall

By the Numbers


Awarded to students in 2020-2021 working on research and creative activities through research awards and the FWS program


Student selected for the highly competitive Posters on the Hill in 2021


Students presented at the 2020 State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research & Creativity Symposium (SNCURCS)


Students were enrolled in the OUR Federal Work Study Research Assistant program in 2021


Students were selected to present at the 2021 National Conference on Undergraduate Research 


Students serving their peers as OUR Ambassadors

Annual Events & Conferences

  • Connect: A Series of Research Power Hours (previously known as Speed Researching)
  • Sidewalk Symposium
  • Undergraduate Research Slam
  • NC State Spring Undergraduate Research & Creativity Symposium
  • NC State Summer Undergraduate Research & Creativity Symposium
  • Summer Research Workshop Series
  • State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research & Creativity Symposium (SNCURCS)
  • National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR)
  • World Congress on Undergraduate Research (WCUR)
  • Posters on the Hill
  • ACC Meeting of the Minds
NC State undergraduate researchers at the 2019 Meeting of the Minds


In 2003, Dr. James Anderson and Dr. Jo Allen, who had been subsequent Vice Provosts for Undergraduate Affairs, secured the financial support for a new Office of Undergraduate Research. Undergraduate research had always happened at NC State but was not previously organized under an office designed to serve students and mentors. Dr. George Barthalmus, who had previously served as the Associate Dean for Academic Programs in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the Interim Director of the University Honors Program, was hired as a half-time employee and served as the first director for the office. Three years later, the office expanded to include a full-time Associate Director. In 2012, after the death of Dr. Barthalmus, Dr. Chris Ashwell, Professor of Animal Genomics in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, became the second director.

Originally housed in Park Shops, the Office of Undergraduate Research moved to DH Hill Jr. Library in 2020 after significant renovations. The move brought new partnerships and opportunities to expand undergraduate research at NC State.

Dr. George T. Barthalmus

Associate Director

Dr. Catherine Showalter