Undergraduate Research & Creative Work

The CSB/SJU Undergraduate Research and Creative Work Program supports student-faculty collaborative scholarship in all disciplines. The program offers grants to students engaged in research or creative work, supports student travel to meetings and conferences for presentations, coordinates a Summer Collaborative Grant program, administers several research fellowships, supports scholars in our All College Thesis Program, and hosts CSB/SJU’s annual Celebrating Scholarship and Creativity Day.

By providing resources for our students and faculty mentors, our program aims to serve as a one-stop for all your research and creative work needs.

Covid-19 and Undergraduate Research:

During the 2020-21 academic year, Undergraduate Research continues to provide support, opportunities, and resources for student researchers and faculty mentors. Ongoing uncertainty related to the COVID-19 virus makes planning more complicated than usual, but we can assure you that research and creative work will continue!

Students who wish to learn more about Undergraduate Research or are affiliated with any of our programs can connect with us using the Hive. All individual appointments will take place virtually via Zoom; appointment times are available every week during the semester at times that will be most convenient for you as a student. Campus-wide UR Workshops and Talks will take place in a HyFlex capacity.  Please know that over the coming months, Undergraduate Research will continue to monitor the situation and will provide you with updates as necessary. In general, we encourage you to visit the CSB/SJU Covid-19 website for the most up-to-date information.

Engaging in Undergraduate Research:
Your Four-year Guide

  • Find the Undergraduate Research (UR) Offices on both campuses - Alcuin 357 and Clemens A102.
  • Attend the Introduction to UR Opportunities Workshop.
  • Find us at the Academic Exploration Fair in October.
  • Interested in healthcare? Apply for the Student Health Assistants (SHA) Program in spring semester.
  • Identify faculty that are doing research in your area of interest; set up a time to meet with them!
  • Attend Celebrating Scholarship & Creativity Day in April.
  • Become an Emerging Scholar - the Emerging Scholars Program is competitive year-long research experience for underrepresented first year students in their field. **Emerging Scholars are selected during the summer prior to their first semester.
  • Meet with UR Program Staff to learn about personalized research or creative work opportunities.
  • Utilize the UR Grant Program to fund a project or present your work at an external conference!
  • Participate in the UR Workshop Series to develop necessary skills for successful research and creative work.
  • Interested in healthcare? Apply for SHA in spring semester.
  • Are you a researcher in mathematics, engineering or the natural sciences? Connect with the Competitive Fellowships Office to develop an application for the Goldwater Scholarship. Applications due in January.
  • Partner with a faculty mentor as part of the Summer Collaborative Grant program and earn a paid 10-week, all-inclusive summer experience.
  • Present your work at Celebrating Scholarship & Creativity Day!
  • Propose an original research or creative work project; apply for support funding from the UR grant program.
  • Participate in the UR Workshop Series to develop necessary skills for successful research and creative work.
  • Interested in interdisciplinary research? Apply for the Mayo Innovation Scholars Program - a competitive and exclusive partnership for MN’s private college students with the Mayo Clinic. Application available each September.
  • Are you a researcher in mathematics, engineering or the natural sciences? Connect with the Competitive Fellowships Office to develop an application for the Goldwater Scholarship. Applications due in January.
  • Ready to take your research or creative work to the next level? Our office can support your application for a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) through the National Science Foundation.
  • Utilize Handshake to identify research-related internships and jobs to continue building your skills.
  • Is an All-College Thesis in your future? Enroll in COLG 396 during spring semester of your junior year to stay on track.
  • Consider applying for one of our five All-College Thesis Summer Fellowships to support your research! Applications are due in March.
  • Present your original work at Celebrating Scholarship & Creativity Day!
  • Propose an original research or creative work project; apply for support funding from the UR grant program.
  • Participate in the UR Workshop Series to develop necessary skills for successful research and creative work.
  • Interested in interdisciplinary research? Apply for the Mayo Innovation Scholars Program - a competitive and exclusive partnership for MN’s private college students with the Mayo Clinic. Application available each September.
  • Finishing your All-College Thesis? Enroll in COLG 398 to complete your proposal, finalize and defend your theses.
  • Present your original work at Celebrating Scholarship & Creativity Day!

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