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Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate Research (UGR) is scholarly study in any discipline in which inquiry, discovery, and creativity culminate in advancements in science, technology, the arts, or the humanities. It is the behavioral endeavor employed only by humans and, in this case, it is undergraduates who work under the mentorship of proven scholars, experts, and professionals. Any undergraduate may participate in UGR. Students from all disciplines can engage in the excitement of scholarly research.

CALS Dr. Rodolphe Barrangou in his lab in Schaub Hall. CRISPR Photo by Marc Hall
CALS Dr. Rodolphe Barrangou in his lab in Schaub Hall. CRISPR Photo by Marc Hall

Examples of Scholarly Research Projects

  • Going on archeological digs to learn about past cultures, societies or the evolution of life on Earth
  • Designing complementary art for unique architectural settings
  • Developing new ways to manage wildlife and plant populations and their habitat
  • Studying ancestral lineages using the tools of modern genetics
  • Defining product design based on marketing data
  • Reinterpreting a literary author’s intentions based on the site where it was written
  • Finding ways to grow more food on less land with less water, fertilizers and pesticides
  • Predicting stock market shifts based on uncertainties of the last four years
  • Developing inexpensive textile fibers that are soft, durable and easily cleaned
  • Engineering nano-machines for administering potent drugs in small amounts into the body

Six Steps to Getting Involved

Not sure what to do or have questions about the steps below? Schedule an appointment or drop by the OUR to meet with one of our student ambassadors or staff members. We’re happy to help with any question(s) — big or small!

In addition to the steps and suggestions below, check out the research database, ForagerOne. You can review faculty (and applicable staff) for research interests and opportunities. We also recommend that students make and update their profiles.