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Information for Faculty

What is Student Research?

The AAC&U (Association of American Colleges and Universities) identifies Undergraduate Research as one of ten beneficial High-Impact Educational Practices. The AAC&U's LEAP (Liberal Education and America's Promise) initiative argues that student research is one of three strands of primary and concurrent work that shows how a liberal education helps students meet 21st-century educational standards.

How May Faculty Members Become More Involved in Undergraduate Research on Campus? Collaborate with the ORSC!

  1.  Become a mentor
  • Direct tutorials/independent studies
  • Sponsor internships
  • Employ student research assistants
  • Lead a research team composed of students
  1. Engage in curriculum initiatives
  • Develop new departmental honors programs with integrated research requirements
  • Design team research projects in a culminating class
  1. Write a grant
  • Include students as RAs
  1. Serve on the OSRC Advisory Board
  • Contact Bonnie Lawrence if you would like to be considered as a board member, or if you have any questions.



"Undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activity provide the most natural, and perhaps best, opportunities for ... faculty to deeply engage students."

~Jeffrey Osborn, 2009
Council on Undergraduate Research President