Office for Undergraduate Research and Creative Endeavor

Office for Undergraduate Research and Creative Endeavor

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At UTC, the undergraduate student experience centers on inquiry, discovery, and community. Through undergraduate research experiences our students acquire the twenty-first century skills necessary to successfully navigate the global world of work or advanced study and make significant contributions to society. Our programs and initiatives aim to foster a robust research culture that involves the entire UTC community, while also contributing to the local environs of Chattanooga and creating dialogues with the wider global community.

What is Undergraduate Research (UR)?

The Council for Undergraduate Research (CUR) defines UR as: An inquiry or investigation conducted by an undergraduate student that makes an original intellectual or creative contribution to the discipline.

Although UR projects vary by discipline, three general criteria guide all undergraduate research and creative projects:

At UTC, Students who engage in UR:

  1. Work from a research question, hypothesis, or thesis statement
  2. Apply research design/methods to generate findings
  3. Communicate findings through presentation, publication, or other methods of dissemination

What are the Benefits of Participation? 

Students who engage in undergraduate research and creative activities get hands-on educational experiences (lab work, field work, community projects), learn critical career skills, make important contributions through the research enterprise, engage directly with the research process (asking a question, defining the question, sharing findings), and build professional relationships with faculty mentors.