Undergraduate Research

Students have opportunities to engage in undergraduate research at various stages of their studies. Benefits of conducting a research project while pursuing an undergraduate degree include (1) improved writing skills, (2) gained understanding of quantitative and qualitative approaches to research, (3) proficient literature search techniques, and (4) competent oral presentation skills.

The Undergraduate Research Program coordinates applications for grants and paid research positions. At the Undergraduate Research Program (URP) we are looking for active involvement from faculty and students interested in pursuing research projects in the College of Education & Professional Studies. 

Mentors and students have various opportunities to apply for grants or paid apprenticeships. For students who are new to the university or to a major, there is a paid apprenticeship available, called the Research Apprenticeship Program (RAP). See: http://www.uww.edu/urp/rapPictured is Kayla Denton, a senior communication sciences and disorders major

For students who want to pursue their own research, there are fall and spring grant applications available. This opportunity provides the student researcher with monetary support to offset the cost of conducting research (up to $500 dollars). There is no salary-based compensation. See: http://www.uww.edu/urp/grants

For students seeking a deep research experience during a whole summer and academic year, there is the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) available. A mentor needs to closely work with the applicant. For both student and mentor there are stipends available. See: http://www.uww.edu/urp/surf Grant recipients are funded to present their research at UW-Whitewater Undergraduate Research Days in fall and spring, at the UW-System Symposium every April, and at the National Conference for Undergraduate Research (NCUR) every April. The costs associated with conference presentations are supported by the Undergraduate Research Program including printing of one poster per conference presentation. Some colleges also support travel to professional conferences outside of the three mentioned above. 

On this website, we want to capture undergraduate research projects that students in the College of Education & Professional Studies have produced. Please, submit abstracts and posters to devores@uww.edu so that they can be featured on this website.

For further information about undergraduate research specific to educational or other professional fields of study, please contact Simone DeVore, devores@uww.edu