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Undergraduate Research


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Undergraduate research and creative projects truly represent UCM’s mission of “opportunity in action,” particularly in the way they exemplify engaged learning. The process of working one-on-one with a faculty mentor in all phases of the process, from topic creation to the final product, is an undertaking that forever impacts a student’s collegiate experience. In fact, research finds this type of engagement significantly increases desirable student outcomes, such as higher GPAs (Sell, Naginey, & Alexander, 2018) and graduation rates (Nerio et al., 2019), particularly for underrepresented students (Carpi et al., 2017; Hernandez et al., 2018). Participation in undergraduate research and/or creative endeavors also prepares students for life after college, another pillar of UCM’s mission, including graduate school and employment opportunities (Miller, Roconi, and Dumford, 2018). Be sure to check out a list of active faculty-student projects on campus.

We offer small grants for expenses related to research or creative projects. We encourage students to take advantage of these funds.  

Students are also encouraged to consider becoming a McNair Scholar. This program is designed to mentor first-generation, low income, and/or minority undergraduate students into research-focused graduate programs. Please access their website to learn more about eligibility and the application process.




Lisa Toms, DBA
Vice Provost for Academic Programs and Dean, Graduate Studies and Research
Ward Edwards, Suite 1900
Tel: (660) 543-8503


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