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Undergraduate Research

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 projects in departmental honors, research intensive (RI) courses, and independent studies within RI 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 and/or creates original work product(s) that account for the majority of grades earned/assignments completed in the course.
    • Student submission of coursework 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.

Spring Symposium

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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.

2018 Symposium

The 2018 JU Faculty & Student Symposium will take place Thursday, March 29, and Friday, March 30, in Conference Rooms B & C in the Davis College of Business.​ 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 pursuing undergraduate research projects.​​

2017​ Symposium

The 2017 JU Faculty & Student Symposium will take place Monday, April 3, and Tuesday, April 4, in Conference Rooms B & C in the Davis College of Business.​ 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.​​

2016 Symposium