College of Arts and Communication

Communication Department

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Whitewater, WI 53190
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Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate Research Program supports inquiry-driven research scholarship and creative activity.  The program is an advocate for expanded experiential learning that enhances engagement in undergraduate research, scholarship and creative activity, including faculty-mentored research and curriculum-based projects.

What is Undergraduate Research?

  • It is an opportunity for undergraduate students to develop skills & creativity.

What types of projects are involved?

  • For communication majors, ideas that address the process or result of communication, interpersonally, organizationally, or through mass media are good examples.
  • Studies that address groups of individuals and their communication are good examples as well as forms of media.
  • Qualitative and quantitative research is acceptable.

What is involved?

  • Faculty sponsorship.
  • Student creative project.
  • Submission of project abstracts.

Who is eligible?

  • Full-time students with at least a 2.75 GPA.
  • Students must be at least a sophomore.

What steps are needed to get involved?

  1. Submit a proposal to Undergraduate Research Program (URP).
  2. If the student is selected, he/she must complete the project.
  3. Students make a presentation on their project at Undergraduate Research Day or UW-System Research Day.
  4. Students then submit an application to the National Conference for Undergraduate Research (NCUR).

What deadlines are involved?

  • Check the NCUR website for current deadlines

Where can you learn more?