Colby Ott , Honors '17
"Working with the Cumberland County Forensic Lab has given me the opportunity to work hands-on in the field I am pursuing. The knowledge and experience gained is priceless. The experience in the emerging field of Rapid DNA profiling will provide an additional skill set not offered by the class environment. Everyone should consider research and internships. Not only do they expose you to your field of study, but they challenge your critical thinking and provide education that is beyond the classroom."
Undergraduate Research Grants
The Shippensburg University Undergraduate Research Grant Program is designed to provide financial support to undergraduate students for research or scholarly activities related to their program of study to enable them to better understand the scientific process, experience discovery, develop their analytical and communication skills, and become consumers of research.
This university-wide program has supported laboratory research, field activities, art projects, written works, and computer applications and is funded by the Shippensburg University Foundation. The deadline for applications is early October. Click here for more information.
Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)
The Research Experiences for Undergraduates program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation. REU projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects designed especially for this purpose.
Students may conduct research in the following disciplines: astronomical sciences, atmospheric sciences, biological sciences, chemistry, computer and information science and engineering, cyberinfrastructure, U.S. Department of Defense, earth sciences, education and human resources, engineering, ethics and values studies, international science and engineering, materials research, mathematical sciences, ocean sciences, physics, polar programs, and social, behavioral, and economic sciences.
Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR)
The Council on Undergraduate Research and its affiliated colleges, universities, and individuals share a focus on providing undergraduate research opportunities for faculty and students at predominantly undergraduate institutions. CUR believes that faculty members enhance their teaching and contribution to society by remaining active in research and by involving undergraduates in research.
The council's leadership works with agencies and foundations to enhance research opportunities for faculty and students. Its publications and outreach activities share successful models and strategies for establishing and institutionalizing undergraduate research programs. CUR also provides information on the importance of undergraduate research to state legislatures, private foundations, government agencies, and the U.S. Congress.
CUR's primary advocacy is in support of faculty and students at predominantly undergraduate institutions. CUR achieves its vision through efforts of its membership as organized in a divisional structure that includes biology, chemistry, geosciences, mathematics and computer science, physics and astronomy, psychology, social sciences, an at-large division that serves administrators and other disciplines, and a division for directors of undergraduate research programs.
National Conferences on Undergraduate Research (NCUR)
The mission of the National Conferences on Undergraduate Research is to promote undergraduate research scholarship and creative activity done in partnership with faculty or other mentors as a vital component of higher education. NCUR sponsors an annual conference where students may present their research findings.
Publications and Presentations
The National Collegiate Honors Council provides information on its website about publishing work and presenting at conferences.