Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate Research

Center for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship

What is undergraduate research?

The Council for Undergraduate Research defines undergraduate research as “an inquiry or investigation conducted by an undergraduate student that makes an original intellectual or creative contribution to the discipline.

Undergraduate research can take place in all disciplines, from biology to music to journalism. While many people often have the preconception that research is only performed by professors, graduate students, and post-docs, undergraduate students at Creighton University make meaningful contributions to their field both in formal research settings and in course-based research activities called CURES (course-based undergraduate research experiences). Many of our students also participate in interdisciplinary research among different departments and colleges at Creighton University.

Why should students participate in undergraduate research?

Undergraduate research allows students to apply knowledge learned in their coursework to realistic applications within their chosen field. Undergraduate research improves a student’s critically thinking and problem-solving abilities, making them better leaders in the future. According to a national survey of business and nonprofit leaders conducted by the Association of American Colleges and Universities, 93 percent of employers say that “a demonstrated capacity to think critically, communicate clearly, and solve complex problems is more important than one’s undergraduate major.

The Center for Undergraduate Research

The Center for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship (CURAS) was established at Creighton in 2013. CURAS supports and facilitates undergraduate research across all schools and colleges at Creighton University. Creighton has been recognized repeatedly by US News and World Report as an exceptional leader in undergraduate research and creative projects. CURAS aims to continue to develop and showcase this thriving research culture on our campus.

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