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Office of Undergraduate Research

Who are we?

We are here to connect APSU undergraduates with opportunities to conduct research and creative activity. From the application process, to pursuing funding and presenting your findings, we are here to help you every step of the way. You can even apply to receive OUR funding for your project!

What is research and creative activity?

When you hear the word “research,” you might think of lab coats and microscopes but that is not the only kind of research!  Research and creative activity are common in ALL fields of study. Here are a few examples of projects we have supported:

  • Study of alcohol addiction in rats
  • Choreography and direction of a full-length ballet
  • Production of a documentary film about Dorothy Dix
  • Field research on amphibian viruses
  • Study of influences on gang membership

ALL research and creative activity begins with a question. We define undergradaute research as: "...a scholarly activity conducted by an undergraduate student that makes an intellectual or creative contribution to the discipline." (loosely adapted from CUR)

Learn more about asking questions >> HERE

How will you benefit?

Your research project will help you connect with faculty, become immersed in a field of study and gain confidence in your abilities. As you near graduation, you will find it draws a lot of attention from employers and graduate schools.


If you are ready to ask questions, explore solutions, and find answers,
the OFFICE OF UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH can help you make it happen.

Research is not just for professors and graduate students.  Click on the For Students tab on the left menu to learn more!

OUR Mission

  • Support the incorporation of research training into the undergraduate experience and collaboration between faculty and student researchers. 
  • Maintain a centralized office and website to promote independent undergraduate student research and creative activity with scholarly merit at APSU.
  • Showcase the scholarly work of APSU undergraduates at an annual public Forum.
  • Distribute resources to student faculty teams after competitive proposal evaluation.

OUR Purpose 

  • To provide specific and targeted information regarding research opportunities for undergraduates.
  • To be a resource and liaison for faculty research mentors
  • To attract and recruit outstanding students to APSU
  • To actively seek external private and public funding for undergraduate research at APSU and provide inspiration for potential and current donors
  • To support and maintain internal funding opportunities including the Presidential Research Scholars program
  • To organize the annual Research and Creativity Forum
  • To assess the effectiveness of undergraduate research at APSU
  • To expand an underutilized approach to fulfilling APSU's mission and vision
  • To respond to TBR's Vision of Research and Graduate Education 


"Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose."

Zora Neale Hurston  (American folklorist and Writer, 1903-1960)