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.

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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