The Center for Student Research

Supporting and Preparing UCCS Student Researchers

The mission of the Center for Student Research (CSR) is to prepare and support undergraduate and graduate student researchers as well as their faculty mentors across disciplines. We know that participating in mentored experiences as a student is a high-impact practice that improves critical thinking, problem-solving, oral presentation skills, and team work (Center for Engaged Learning, 2020). Our fast-growing campus has a wealth of opportunities for students and faculty to enhance their research experience and the Center for Student Research aims to serve as the central hub for connecting our members to these resources.

The Center oversees the Undergraduate Research Academy and the new Graduate Research Academy. Our long-term goal is to catalyze research career paths for our students by 1) utilizing an apprentice model of student-faculty collaboration; 2) providing an aspirational peer-mentoring model with graduate student mentors; and 3) fostering a campus community of student researchers and faculty mentors. The Center is devoted to all students, with a mission to especially serve underrepresented minority, first-generation, and other at-risk or under-served students.

Review the CSR Report for 2022-2023 here

Review the CSR Report for 2021-2022 here

Review the CSR Report for 2020-2021 here

More Information About the Center

  • We are located on the East side of campus in Cragmor 110. Come by and visit us today!

  • Jennifer Poe is the Director of the CSR. If you have any questions about the Center, don't hesitate to email her or stop by the Center in Cragmor 110!

  • Interested in serving as a peer mentor? Interested in meeting with a peer mentor? Email Jennifer at csr@uccs.edu!

    Graduate Peer Mentors will be available to share their advice on grad school from searching for programs, perfecting applications, and CVs to tips on navigating graduate school life in general.

  • Jennifer Poe

    Hillary Fouts

    Joe Taylor 

    Melissa Benton 

    Jessica Berrett

    Michael A. Kisley

    Jena McCollum

    James Van Scotter

  • Eugenia Olesnicky Killian

    Allen Schoffstall

    Brook Koltun

  • Are you a faculty member interested in expanding your research team? Do you want to learn more about the research mentoring relationship? Is fostering the development of future researchers important to you? If so, join the Center for Student Research today! Follow the link below to take a short survey and become a Faculty Affiliate of the Center! 

  • Center Approval and Bylaws 

    F&A Distribution  


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