Welcome to the Office of Undergraduate Research! Our goal is twofold: (1) to promote undergraduate research and creative activities on campus as highlighted by the annual Scholars Symposium and Creative Achievement Day and (2) to serve The Honors College, particularly through the guidance of the Honors Project.
Undergraduate research and creative projects truly represent UCM’s mission of “opportunity in action,” particularly in the way they exemplifiy 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).
The office offers small grants for expenses related to research or creative projects. Members of The Honors College are allowed up to an additional $1,000 if the travel or supplies are used in conjunction with their Honors Project. We encourage students to take advantage of these funds.
Also, underrepresented students should 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.