Undergraduate Research (UGR) is student-faculty collaborative research and scholarship that produces “an inquiry or investigation conducted by an undergraduate student that makes an original or creative contribution to the discipline.” Undergraduate Research opportunities include: Departmental Honors Projects, Research Intensive Independent Study, and Research Intensive courses.
JU defines an RI course as one that includes the following four pedagogical practices:
- Use of primary literature, primary sources, original work, etc. in lieu of a textbook or other secondary source materials.
- Student conducts original research or creates original work product(s) as majority of grade earned/assignments in course.
- Student submission of course work product(s) for oral presentation, poster, performance, and publication at a public forum (campus, regional, national or international venue).
- Major emphasis on instruction in research methods.
Jacksonville University ranks in the top 4% of all Florida and Ivy League schools in number of student abstracts selected for presentation at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research.
Every Spring, a research symposium is sponsored for the public presentation of the results of students’ research and creative projects. In addition, students have opportunities to submit their work for presentation at state, regional, and national conferences in their disciplines and at the National Council on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) conference.
The 2017 JU Faculty & Student Symposium will take place Monday, April 3, and Tuesday, April 4, in DCOB Conference Rooms B & C. The Symposium is a formal presentation event similar to professional conferences.
Students who plan on presenting should also consider applying for the EL Scholarship. It is available to students that are pursuing undergraduate research projects.