Undergraduate Research

As a pedagogy, undergraduate research is based on discovery-learning, and guided by mentors who may be faculty, graduate students, or upper-class student mentors. As with inquiry learning, students co-create knowledge through the process of inquiry. Broadly defined, undergraduate research may include scientific inquiry, creative activity, and scholarship.

Evidence Base for Undergraduate Research:

Articles and Websites

Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR): http://www.cur.org/. Multiple resources addressing the mission of CUR– to support and promote high-quality undergraduate student-faculty collaborative research and scholarship.
Crowe, Mary and David Brakke. “Assessing the Impact of Undergraduate Research Experiences on Students: An Overview of Current Literature.” CUR Quarterly, Summer 2008, 28.4.


Brownell, Jayne E. and L.E. Swaner (2010): Five High-Impact Practices: Research on Learning Outcomes, Completion, and Quality. Washington DC: Association of American Colleges and Universities. This monograph identifies five high-impact educational practices in relation to 21st century learning outcomes, and summarizes current research on the practices.

Council on Undergraduate Research (2009). Undergraduate Research at Community Colleges. Washington, DC: Council on Undergraduate Research.