Undergraduate Research & Creative Activity
Undergraduate Research & Creative Activity
The Office of Research & Creative Activity supports the strategic plan of Western Kentucky University to incentivize and support research and creative activities that promote student learning, expand university outreach and service, and bolster the regional economy. This is done through the facilitation of student-faculty collaborative research, and scholarly activity in all disciplines.
2019 Kentucky Academy of Science Annual Meeting
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Council on Undergraduate Research
The Office of Research & Creative Activity maintains Western Kentucky University's Enhanced Membership with the Council on Undergraduate Research. This Enhanced Membership allows all faculty, staff, and students who are interested to become members of CUR at no cost to them.
The Self-Service portal, in which faculty, staff and students will be able to sign up on the CUR website and add themselves to the Enhanced membership, is currently under construction. During this time please send an email to the Membership Coordinator, Janae Douglas at email@example.com and she will be able to add you to WKU’s membership. CUR will provide instructions on how to join using the Self-Service portal once the update is complete.
Below are opportunities available to all students to engage in areas of research or creative/scholarly activities and/or artistic performances.
FUSE grants are designed to support undergraduate students' intellectual development by fostering active engagement in the areas of research, creative and scholarly activities, and/or artistic performances.
All undergraduate students in good academic standing who will reach at least sophomore status at the time of award may apply. FUSE is well-suited for sophomore and junior level undergraduates. To learn more about the program please visit our website, https://www.wku.edu/research/fuse.php
The Ogden Research Scholarship and Scholars Program is aimed at encouraging undergraduate student research. The intention of this program is to instill the excitement, rewards and challenges of research, and hopefully this enthusiasm for research will carry on past the scholar's undergraduate education. Scholars are introduced to undergraduate research opportunities during their first and second years. During their second, third, and fourth years, scholars are actively engaged in a research project with an Ogden College faculty member. Scholarships are $2500 per year and are renewable based on maintaining at least a 3.2 GPA and upon completing the required criteria. Those students that are not eligible for the scholarship may, however, partake in this program. To learn more about the program please visit our website, https://www.wku.edu/ogden/web_pages/ogden_foundation_research_scholarship.php
The WKU Student Research Council encourages student involvement in scholarly activities and coordinates the annual REACH Week, including the WKU Student Research Conference. As a result of the WKU Student Research Council's efforts, Western Kentucky University is widely recognized as a premiere institution for student involvement in scholarly activities.
The WKU Student Research Council promotes scholarly activities and professional development of graduate, undergraduate, and Gatton Academy students in all disciplines. To learn more about the program please visit our website, https://www.wku.edu/studentresearch/
Providing undergraduates with the opportunity to engage in scholarly, research, and creative work is important to our students’ educational experience and professional development. We encourage faculty to have their students participate in Posters-at-the-Capitol to help those in Kentucky who fund higher education understand why these experiences are so important. If you are an undergraduate, we urge you to tell your story to your hometown and university legislators so that other Kentucky students can enjoy and benefit from the kind of experience you have had. To learn more about the program please visit our website.
The purpose of CUR is to support and promote high-quality undergraduate student-faculty
collaborative research and scholarship in all fields of academic study and in all
types of institutions of higher learning. The Office of Research & Creative Activity
has purchased an enhanced membership this year that is elligible to the entire university.
To learn more about the program please visit the CUR website, http://www.cur.org/
The Kentucky Academy of Science (KAS) is a membership based scientific society with thousands of members across the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The mission of the Kentucky Academy of Science is to foster scientific discovery and understanding in Kentucky. Thier site showcases presentation and funding opportunities for undergraduate research. If you would like more information finding presentation/funding opportunities, visit their website.
NSF funds a large number of research opportunities for undergraduate students through its REU Sites program. An REU Site consists of a group of ten or so undergraduates who work in the research programs of the host institution. Each student is associated with a specific research project, where he/she works closely with the faculty and other researchers. Students are granted stipends and, in many cases, assistance with housing and travel. For additional information visit the NSF website https://www.nsf.gov/crssprgm/reu/