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What is Undergraduate Research?


An inquiry or investigation conducted by an undergraduate student that makes an original, intellectual, or creative contribution to the discipline...

- From the Council on Undergraduate Research

At CU Denver, undergraduate research and creative activities are educational collaborations between students and faculty members. Students may seek out faculty supervision to explore an issue of interest to them, or work directly with faculty members who involve undergraduate students in their own research endeavors.

Research and creative projects involve inquiry, design, investigation and discovery, and take place in a variety of settings including science labs, field sites, and studios. Students from all disciplines can engage in scholarly research and creative activities. Whether it is creating an original musical composition or investigating the Rocky Mountain beetle infestation, your education comes alive when you engage at this level.

To culminate the experience, students often present their findings in a variety of ways:

  • Through oral presentations
  • Published articles
  • Artistic projects
  • Musical compositions
  • Theatrical presentations
  • Multimedia displays
  • Models
  • Posters. 
​All students are encouraged to present their projects at the annual Research and Creative Activities Symposium (RaCAS).

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