The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) is a unit within the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Studies.
Mission and Vision
- Institutionalize, support and expand opportunities for undergraduate student research and creative achievement
- Nurture amongst the academic community, across the disciplines, a culture of research and development, and the drive to advance the liberal education outcomes of undergraduate inquiry and critical and creative competence
OUR envisions a vibrant, undergraduate-centered campus that fosters independent, creative, life-long researchers, passionate for innovation and the sharing of knowledge.
OUR values learning environments that promote:
- Life-long passion for conducting and sharing critical and creative inquiry
- Integrity in data collection, analysis, documentation and dissemination
- Inclusion and respect for diverse research teams and subjects
- Innovation and problem-solving for social value and creative expression
- Develop the program, on an ongoing basis, building on the advisory council of key stakeholders
- Promote undergraduate research and creative works through activities, periodic events and ongoing services to students, graduate fellows and academic faculty members
- Document undergraduate written, oral and visual outcomes, faculty pedagogical experiences, and graduate fellows’ mentoring reflections
- Reward exemplary performance and provide grants to support undergraduate research
- Evaluate program outcomes through continuous research and assessment
Council on Undergraduate Research Membership
AUC is a member of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR), an organization of over 900 higher education institutions seeking to promote and enhance undergraduate research on their campuses.
CUR Definition of Undergraduate Research
"An inquiry or investigation conducted by an undergraduate student that makes an original intellectual or creative contributions to a discipline."
Benefits of Undergraduate Research
CUR articulates the following benefits of undergraduate research:
- Enhances student learning through mentoring relationships with faculty
- Increases retention
- 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