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Beginning undergraduate research can be a little intimidating. "How do I find a lab?" What are faculty researching?" "Do I have the skills to be a researcher?

Despite these concerns, participating in undergraduate research is a valuable opportunity that is worth the effort. In fact, student-researchers at UCCS earn higher GPAs than their non-researching peers by 24%, they have a 20% higher graduation rate, and they are almost twice as likely to pursue graduate studies (Undergraduate Research Academy Impact Data, 2019). Research also offers the opportunity to connect with fellow students and faculty interested in the same important topics you are and together you can help contribute to the knowledge of tomorrow!

To promote undergraduate research, the Center for Student Research provides information to help the process go smoother. We can help you find a faculty mentor, connect you to resources like funding opportunities, and we will provide workshops throughout the year to help you hone your research and presentation skills. We can even help you get your research published in the UCCS Undergraduate Research Journal!

Check out all the on and off-campus research opportunities below and see our New Researcher Guide here. You can also send us an email or stop by Main Hall 316 for more information! 

Undergraduate Research Journal New Researcher Guide

On-Campus Opportunities

On-campus research opportunities for Undergraduates
  • The Undergraduate Research Academy encourages students to expand their education beyond the classroom through participation in research and creative projects mentored by UCCS faculty. The URA also includes $3,500 in funding for student-faculty research teams. Learn more and apply today!

    URA Infografic showing improved student outcomes for researchers

  • National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowships offer three years of support for advanced study in Chemistry, Computer and Information Systems Science/Engineering, Engineering, Geosciences, Life Sciences (includes Biological Sciences, Materials Research, Mathematical Sciences, Physics and Astronomy, Psychology, Social Sciences (includes Economics), STEM Education. Awards carry a $34,000 stipend for 12-month tenures plus a cost-of-education allowance of $12,000 per tenure 

  • LAS Student-Faculty Research/Creative Works Grants

    Contact Margie Oldham for more information.

  • Engineering and Applied Sciences Undergraduate Research Scholars Program

    Contact Dr. Todd Bredbenner for more information

  • SPA Student Research Travel Opportunities

    Contacting Assistant Dean Regina Winters for more information

  • Leadership, Research, and Foundations Student Research Opportunities

    Contacting Dr. Sylvia Mendez for more information

Off-campus and Summer Opportunities

Off-campus and Summer Research Opportunities for Undergraduates
  • There are a number of national and international research opportunities available to undergraduates during the summer. 

  • Present your research at a national conference! Abstract submissions will open on September 30 for the National Conference on Undergraduate Research, which will be held at Montana State University Bozeman on March 26-28, 2020.

With Faculty

The Impact of Research

Marissa Trujillo B.S.
Undergraduate Student
Research means contributing to something larger than yourself and working together with other people in your field to come up with new ideas and solutions to problems. I learned that sometimes you get lucky and serendipitous discoveries are the absolute best. Having a mentor allowed me to move on faster when I needed to instead of dwelling on a problem.

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Allen Schoffstall