Mission, Resources, and Opportunities
The mission of the Office of Student Research & Creative Activities is to facilitate the engagement of students in scholarly activity related to their disciplines by providing resources that support both student scholars and faculty mentors.
Student research and creative activities are defined here as student engagement in original research, scholarly activity, and/or creative activity, mentored by a faculty member, with the goal of publication, presentation, performance, or exhibition of the results or products.
There are three key elements to this definition that should be emphasized: (1) originality, partially or totally, of the project, (2) the mentoring relationship between the student and faculty mentor, whose responsibility is to actively guide student scholars in the methods of their disciplines, and (3) the goal (fulfilled or not) that the results will be shared with others such that a contribution is made to the discipline.
Resources provided by OSRCA include the following.
- Student Research Grants to help defray expenses associated with faculty-mentored research, scholarly. and creative projects (undergraduate and graduate students)
- Student Travel Grants to help defray expenses associated with presentation at conferences, symposia, and exhibits (undergraduate and graduate students)
- Undergraduate Research Assistantships (undergraduate students only)
- Resources for printing posters at no cost
- External funding sources are available for some disciplines
- Undergraduate Research Assistantships
- Faculty Mentor Stipends
- Role of the Mentor. Effective mentoring is the key to a successful and rewarding experience for both the student and the faculty mentor. Broad guidelines are provided here.
- Resources for faculty mentors (including literature and conferences focusing on enhancing student engagement in research and other scholarly activities). Limited funds for faculty enrichment are available.
- Authorship of Collaborative Faculty-Student Publications. When conducting research with undergraduate and graduate students, it is very important to consider and discuss authorship of potential publications.