Research Events

National Undergraduate Research Week 2021

National Undergraduate Research Week is April 19-23, 2021. Join CURAS in a celebration of undergraduate research on our campus!

National Undergraduate Research Week coincides with Creighton University Research Week, an event that showcases and celebrates researchers across Creighton's campus. Visit the University Research Week BlueLine page to attend virtual research presentations by Creighton undergraduates, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and faculty on Tuesday, April 20, Wednesday, April 21, and Thursday, April 22.

The CURAS Ambassadors are celebrating National Undergraduate Research Week by promoting Undergraduate Research Week presentations and hosting a number of events, both in person and online. Follow us on social media to stay up to date on each day's activities. We invite all Creighton undergraduates to play "Tic-Tac-Toe" with us all week. Attend three events in a row as listed on the attached Tic-Tac-Toe board and you will be entered into a raffle to win $200.

 Happy Undergraduate Research Week!

Fulbright Information Session: April 19, 2021


Are you interested in international issues and relationships? Do you want to travel outside the United States? Fulbright might be for you!

Creighton will be hosting a virtual information session about Fulbright on April 19 at 3:00 central time over Zoom. IIE Fulbright Staff and Alumni Ambassadors will present general information the Program's history, eligibility, award types, award benefits and application components and tips.

After the general presentation, you will be sorted into a Creighton breakout room to learn more about our campus resources, deadlines, and next steps.

Register here, and we'll send you a Zoom link the Friday before the event.

 What is Fulbright?

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program "creates connections in a complex and changing world. In partnership with more than 160 countries worldwide, [it] offers unparalleled opportunities in all academic disciplines to passionate and accomplished graduating college seniors, graduate students, and young professional from all backgrounds. Program participants pursue graduate study, conduct research, or teaching English abroad" (IIE, 2021).

Who are Fulbrighters?

"Successful applications are highly motivated, open-minded people. They should be flexible self-starters with a strong interest in promoting the Fulbright Program's mission: fostering mutual understanding between the United States and partner nationals, sharing knowledge across communities, and improving lives around the world. Candidates ae evaluated based on their cumulative experience and goals; there is no minimum GPA requirement. It is not necessary to be enrolled in a college or university at the time of application" (IIE, 2021).


2021 CURAS Research and Scholarship Fair

The 2021 CURAS Research and Scholarship Fair is scheduled for Tuesday, March 2, 2021. This hybrid event will have both-in person and virtual components (including access to pre-recorded videos about research in different departments, pre-recorded research poster presentations from 2020 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellows, Zoom links to drop-in informational with faculty representatives from various departments, and Zoom links to Q&As with the virtual Summer Undergraduate Research Fellows presentations).

The in-person event, featuring live informational tables about research in different departments, and in-person poster presentations from 2020 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellows, will take place from 11:00-3:00 pm in the Harper Ballroom on Tuesday, March 2, 2021.

We invite students to participate in person, online, or both to learn all about undergraduate research opportunities on our campus!

To access the 2021 CURAS Research and Scholarship Fair Blueline page, click here.

Ask an Ambassador LIVE!

Please join the Center for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Thursday, October 15 from 1:30-3:00 as we host ďAsk an Ambassador LIVE!Ē on Zoom. This is an opportunity for students interested in learning more about research at Creighton to chat with CURAS Ambassadors, student leaders in undergraduate research on our campus.

Creighton undergraduates are invited to pop in at any point during the session to get your questions answered, or simply hear more about the research experiences of other Creighton students.

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Three Minute to Win It Digital Research Talk Competition Videos and Voting


As part of our celebration of National Undergraduate Research Week, CURAS is proud to present "Three Minute to Win It: A Digital Research Talk Competition". Creighton students were asked to submit three minute videos that creatively describe their research projects.

Please take a moment to view the research videos, which we have linked below, and vote for your top three favorite videos by Friday, April 24th, at 4:00 pm CST. All Creighton students who vote in this competition will be entered into a raffle for a $100 Visa Gift Card. Participants are likewise competing for Gift Card prizes. Winners will be announced on Friday, April 24th.

To vote, please click here. Voting requires a Creighton NetID, although the videos are accessible to anyone who wishes to view them.

Congratulations to all of the following participants. Click on their name and title to view their video on YouTube:

  1. Eli Blaney, Bioinformatics, "Predictions of COVID-19 Spread using SEIR"
  2. Jakob DeVos, Genetics, "Escape from Adaptive Conflict Using Human α-amylase Genes"
  3. Diego Gomez, Genetics and dysmorphology, "Differentiating Molecular Etiologies of Angelman Syndrome Through Facial Phenotyping Using Deep Learning
  4. Emily Harders, Biology, "Can male crickets infected with long-lived parasites obtain fitness?"
  5. Jack Keller, Healthcare Economics, "A Better Way to Discuss Rationing in Healthcare"
  6. Reghan Kort, Communication Studies/Rhetoric, "When Conspiracy Theorists Align with the Existing Laws: The Public and Counterpublic Rhetoric of Gun Control after Sandy Hook"
  7. David Law, Bat Genetics and Evolution, "The Molecular and Evolutionary Factors of Bats as Reservoirs of Viral Zoonotic Pathogens"
  8. Sarah Madvig, Political Science, Health Policy, "Support for the Affordable Care Act"
  9. Max Markuson DiPrince, Physics, "Implementing Glucose-Derived Carbon Nanodots into Nanocrystalline Injection Solar Cells to Improve Efficiency"
  10. Matthew Matternas, Comparative Democratization, "Examining Support for Authoritarian Alternatives"
  11. Nathan Miller, Public Economics, "My Inelastic Demand for Elasticity Considerations: Why substitutes matter for behavioral modification taxes"
  12. Peyton Miller, Economics, "The Economic Impact of Sports Gambling Legalization"
  13. Matthew Morehouse, Yeast microbiology, "The Spindle Pole Body of Yeast"
  14. Eric Nguyen, Pathology, "Trematodes in Echistoma revolutum"
  15. Shambhabi Paudyal, International Relations/Gender/Development, "Prevalence of Child Marriage: Variation in National Marriage Laws"
  16. David Petesich, Political Science, "The Variation in State Funding for Higher Education"
  17. Truman Pippert, Economics, "Labor Substitution in Dentistry"
  18. Noah Powell, Public Health, "The Truth on Testing: COVID 19"
  19. Bridget Roskuzska, Environmental Activism Rhetoric, "Modern environmental jeremiad: A rhetorical approach to Greta Thunberg's youth activism"
  20. Lauren Stahl, American Politics and Behavior, "A Spatial Model of Presidential Strategy in Selecting Supreme Court Nominees from 1937-2016"
  21. George Varghese, Physics, "Lasers, Cancer, and Electron Carriers in Three Minutes"

Three Minute to Win It Digital Research Competition

CURASís 3 Minute to Win It Research Talk Competition is going digital!

We are looking for participants to submit 3-minute videos describing their research, which will be posted on the CURAS social media pages throughout National Undergraduate Research Week (April 20th-24th). Students are encouraged to get creative with their videos! You can use whatever technology, presentation style, and visual aids you wish in order to describe your research within three quick minutes.

Viewers will be able to vote for their favorite videos all week, and the winner of the competition will receive a $300 Gift Card. Second place will take home a $100 gift card, and third place will receive a $50 gift card. (stay tuned for the final prize details). Plus, all Creighton students who vote in the competition will be entered into a raffle for a $100 gift card at the end of the week on April 24th.

We are accepting registrations through April 15th at this link: