Undergraduate Research

Western Carolina University has established itself as a national leader in undergraduate research having ranked in the Top 10 for the number of projects accepted to the National Conference on Undergraduate Research annually since 2006.

Alma Rodriquez - NCUR Student

Alma Rodriguez, an NCUR student

Although participation in research is open to all undergraduates at WCU, students in Western Carolina’s Honors College represent a large portion of projects submitted to and accepted by NCUR each year. Honors College students often work collaboratively on research projects and presentations as part of a living learning community in Balsam and Blue Ridge Halls. 

Undergraduate Research Expo

The undergraduate research exposition, part of WCU’s campus-wide Research and Scholarship Celebration, provides students with the opportunity to work with faculty to present their research to an engaged audience on campus. The annual expo features over 200 student presenters working with more than 60 faculty sponsors. 

National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR)

Each year, Western Carolina University supports a limited number of students in applying for and attending the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR).  Students accepted to NCUR have the opportunity to present their undergraduate research along with peers from across diciplines. Since 1987, NCUR has been a flagship conference for undergraduate researchers to share, celebrate, and promote their research achievements. Western Carolina University has established itself as a national leader in undergraduate research having ranked in the Top 10 for the number of projects accepted to the National Conference on Undergraduate Research annually since 2006. 

Abstract Deadlines

Western Carolina will be supporting a limited number of student presenters at this year’s 32nd annual NCUR.  The Honors College and the Office of the Provost will be facilitating student registration and travel to the conference, which is being held at the University of Central Oklahoma from April 4-7, 2018.  Students must complete their online abstract submission to NCUR:

---Online Abstract Submissions Opens October 3, 2017
---Abstract Submission Deadline is December 5, 2017

WCU students interested in getting travel and registration support for the conference should list Jill Granger as the Undergraduate Research Office Coordinator (UROC) in their Abstract Submission, using the following contact information: jngranger@wcu.edu and 828-227-7383. 

Find out more from NCUR

 

NCUR Travel support funding request

If you are planning to travel to the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR), and would like to request travel support funding, you are REQUIRED to complete the following travel support funding request form:

NCUR TRAVEL SUPPORT FUNDING REQUEST

 WCU students interested in getting travel and registration support for the conference should list Jill Granger as the Undergraduate Research Office Coordinator (UROC) in their Abstract Submission, using the following contact information: jngranger@wcu.edu and 828-227-7383.

Contact Information

WCU students interested in getting travel and registration support for the conference should list Jill Granger as the Undergraduate Research Office Coordinator (UROC) in their Abstract Submission, using the following contact information: jngranger@wcu.edu and 828-227-7383.  Students submitting an abstract to NCUR should also request travel funding if they wish to have travel support from WCU. A link will be made available on the Honors College website (honors.wcu.edu) under Undergraduate Research after October 23rd.  Students attending NCUR, supported by WCU, are expected to attend the entire conference (April 4-7, 2018).  Please keep this mind, as students will be away from campus and will be missing classes.For all other questions about the process you can contact the Undergraduate Research Coordinator, Kloo Hansen, at kchansen@wcu.edu and 828-227-3016.

Field Research and Internships

Student researching a plant

 

Undergraduate research may also involve off-campus research trips and internships, both of which provide students with hands-on experience to prepare them for research as part of a variety of post-college careers.

Western Carolina’s Honors College supports summer field research through its Summer Undergraduate Research Program. Students submit proposals to receive a stipend and tuition waiver to conduct research projects during the summer and earn credit toward graduation.

Summer Undergraduate Research Program

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