Undergraduate Research in OESH
What is undergraduate research in OESH?
The Undergraduate Research Program at UW-Whitewater offers OESH majors a unique opportunity to develop and demonstrate their intellectual and research skills as well as their creativity. The program encourages students to formulate a research project of their own choosing outside of the classroom environment. Undergraduate research involves a non-classroom, in-depth research project, conducted by an undergraduate student, done with the supervision of a faculty mentor.
There are numerous opportunities within the OESH Department to conduct undergraduate research. In addition, conducting undergraduate research allows a student to work more closely in a collaborative and mentoring context with a professor. It is an opportunity that provides skills that a student can use regardless of their future career or educational path.
On top of the academic and collaborative benefits that come from undergraduate research there are tangible benefits as well. The university can provide grants that support the research, stipends to support students over the summer, and numerous opportunities to present the results of the research. The OESH Department provides willing mentors who can ably guide students in their undergraduate research experience. We hope, and would encourage our students, to continue this trend of academic excellence.
Presenting Your Research at a Conference/Professional Meeting
UW-Whitewater Undergraduate Researchers normally submit an abstract to the NCUR or UW-System Undergraduate Research conference; if accepted, the UWW Undergraduate Research program pays their travel expenses to present their work! Recent NCUR meetings have been in Maryland, California, North Carolina, and New York. In recent years, our OESH undergraduate research students have had terrific success in presenting their work on a wide array of subjects and in different fields including: American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), National Safety Council (NSC), Construction Safety Council (CSC), International Ergonomics Association (IEA), among others.