The Center for Undergraduate Research and Creativity (CURC) promotes and facilitates research experiences for undergraduate students and has as its mission to function, under the umbrella of the Office of the Provost, as the university hub for coordinating and communicating opportunities for undergraduate research and creative and scholarly activities to the university community. The CURC will assist the undergraduate research, creative and/or scholarly activity efforts at CAU through the distribution of university funds to support such efforts and travel for undergraduate students to disseminate original results. Clark Atlanta University has placed faculty-student mentor relationships and undergraduate research among its top strategic priorities.
The HOW, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE, and WHY of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity
HOW do I begin?
- Sign up and/or browse opportunities at studentopportunitycenter.com.
- Reach out to current or past professors
- Identify research that fits your interests
- Spread the word to your classmates and friends
WHAT is research?
WHAT if I don’t know what I am interested in?
Take our “Finding a Passion for Research” Quiz HERE or in our office, located in Suite 3037 of the Thomas Cole Research Center
WHEN should I begin?
Don’t wait until the end of the semester.
Don’t wait until you are doing your graduate school applications.
Don’t wait until you are a graduating senior. Sign up now! (Studentopportunitycenter.com)
WHERE is research conducted?
Research and creative activity can be conducted from almost anywhere and can take on many forms. Research and/or creative activity could be tackling a problem from your own curiosity, from a professor's challenge, or from recognizing
Research and Internships produce students who are better equipped to enter the workforce and produce meaningful results. Research has demonstrated that students who engage in research in their undergraduate curriculum have increased knowledge of the natural world, intellectual and practical skills, as well as personal and social responsibility (Kuh, 2008; Zhao & Kuh, 2004). In addition, research skills have been shown to lead to intellectual growth, academic achievement and professional growth (Lopatto, 2009).