Are you a student interested in getting started with a research project or a faculty member looking for students to mentor?
- What is undergraduate research?
- Undergraduate research is an inquiry, investigation or creative activity conducted by an undergraduate student that makes an original intellectual or creative contribution to the discipline.
- How does undergraduate research benefit students?
- Enhances student learning through mentoring relationships with faculty
- Increases retention in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics pipeline
- Increases enrollment in graduate education and provides effective career preparation
- Develops critical thinking, creativity, problem solving and intellectual independence
- Develops an understanding of research methodology
- Promotes an innovation-oriented culture from the Council on Undergraduate Research
Questions about the grant program should be addressed to the director of the Office of Undergraduate Research.
Meet the co-directors of the Office of Undergraduate Research:
Professor Christopher S. Kim, Ph.D., is the Director, Office of Undergraduate Research and an Associate Professor in Schmid College of Science & Technology at Chapman University. He has received over $1M in external grant funding since arriving at Chapman, including the National Science Foundation's CAREER award for early-career faculty in the sciences and a Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award based on "accomplishment in scholarly research with undergraduates, as well as a compelling commitment to teaching." Dr. Kim has mentored over 50 undergraduates and high school interns in his environmental geochemistry lab since arriving at Chapman in 2004. Visit his research group website.
Professor Anna Leahy, Ph.D., is Co-Director, Office of Undergraduate Research and an Associate Professor in Department of English, Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Anna Leahy's book Constituents of Matter won the Wick Poetry Prize. Her poetry and nonfiction appear widely in anthologies and journals, including Crab Orchard Review, Cream City Review, The Journal, and The Southern Review. Her essay in The Pinch was a Notable in The Best American Essay 2013. She teaches in the MFA and BFA programs, curates the Tabula Poetica reading series, and edits TAB: The Journal of Poetry & Poetics. With Sciences Librarian Douglas Dechow, she writes Lofty Ambitions blog at http://loftyambitions.wordpress.com.
Chancellor Struppa highlights the Office of Undergraduate Research in his State of the Academy. Tune in at the 26:00 minute mark to hear more!