It's not all white coats and laboratories although, yes, we have those, too. Research is common in all fields of study at Austin Peay. It's an avenue to stimulate your curiosity and get your hands dirty digging into a topic you love.
We're regularly rolling up our sleeves in the search for greater knowledge. In recent years, students at Austin Peay:
- Examined the impact of alcohol addicition in laboratory rats;
- Produced a documentary film on American journalist and columnist Dorothy Dix;
- Conducted field research on amphibian viruses;
- Investigated why members of the LGBT community settled into certain areas of the mid-South; and,
- Traveled to Europe to investigate the stitchwork of great embroideries created during the Middle Ages.
For me, research is about exploring possibilities. The possible answers aren't always right, just different. It's a lot of work to sort through those possibilities, but so worth it.
Office of Undergraduate Research
It’s one thing to know research and creative activity abound at Austin Peay. It’s another to get help identifying those opportunities and selecting the right one for you. The Office of Undergraduate Research is here to assist.
We’ll help guide you from the application process through the pursuit of funding to the presentation of your findings. You’ll be immersed in your field of study, gain confidence in your abilities, and attract attention from employers and graduate schools.
Part of the research process is presenting your findings. As an undergraduate at Austin Peay, there are plenty of presenting opportunities:
- Tennessee Posters on the Hill: An annual statewide poster presentation event held each spring in Nashville.
- Sigma Xi Online Research Presentations: An online science communication competition for high school, undergraduate, and graduate students.
- National Council of Undergraduate Research: An annual conference held each year to present undergraduate research from around the nation.
Research literacy and writing requirements are core to a graduate degree from Austin Peay. The College of Graduate Studies supports student research and actively works to create avenues for students to display and publicize their original work.
Research and Creativity Forum
Student research and discovery are celebrated through our annual Research and Creativity Forum. Students, faculty, and the university community gather every year at the forum for oral and poster presentations of student work.
The Next Forum: April 24, 2017
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