Programs and Funding

The Undergraduate Research and Creative Work program supports undergraduate scholarly work with a high-level of faculty mentorship across disciplines.

Through funding support, administration of research fellowships, marketing of opportunities, showcasing completed projects, and providing resources for students and faculty mentors, we aim to ensure access to Undergraduate Research & Creative Work Opportunities for all CSB/SJU students.

Opportunities sponsored by our program include:

Emerging Scholars Program 
A competitive, year-long mentored research experience for first year students who are underrepresented in their area of study or traditionally underrepresented at institutions of higher education. 

Grant Program
We offer grants to support students conducting or presenting research or creative work.

Summer Collaborative Grant &  Interdisciplinary Faculty Collaborative Grant
Each summer, we sponsor an on-campus summer research program for 13 CSB/SJU faculty-student teams to complete a 10 week research or creative work project.

Mayo Innovation Scholars Program
Our program administers this unparalleled opportunity for selected undergraduate students to research specific projects submitted by Mayo Clinic professionals.

Student Health Assistants Program
We administer a highly structured, yearlong experiential learning and research program for CSB/SJU pre-professional health students at the Emergency Department of St. Cloud Hospital.

Celebrating Scholarship and Creativity Day
Each April, our program hosts our annual Celebrating Scholarship and Creativity Day where we acknowledge the scholarly and creative work completed over the academic year.

Distinguished Thesis 
The CSBSJU Distinguished Thesis is a three semester long independent research or creative work project on a subject of your own choosing. Students work under the direction of a thesis committee, composed of a primary advisor who is the expert in the area of research and two readers who have peripheral expertise. For many students, the pursuit of the Distinguished Thesis is the highlight of their academic career.