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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 director of the Office of Undergraduate Research:

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Professor Christopher S. Kim, Ph.D., is the Director, Office of Undergraduate Research and an Associate Professor of Physical Sciences in the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, 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 40 undergraduates and high school interns in his environmental geochemistry lab since arriving at Chapman in 2004. Visit his research group website.


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!

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How to reach us

Christopher S. Kim, Ph.D.
Director, Office of Undergraduate Research
Associate Professor, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Schmid College of Science & Technology
Phone: (714)628-7363
Office: Hashinger Science Center, SC36  

Lisa Kendrick
Administrative Assistant
Office of Undergraduate Research
Phone: (714) 628-2889
Office: Smith Hall 101E