Why do research?

Participating in a research or creative project allows you to become an active participant in your learning process. Research and creative projects will help you to develop essential skills for your future professional career like critical thinking, creativity and problem solving, team work or networking.

What to expect

In collaboration with faculty and peers, you will create knowledge in those areas you have a special interest. Research and creative projects are very diverse and they can happen in different disciplines and environments. You may work in a library, a laboratory, a theater, or a museum, in the States or abroad. You may even present your projects in conferences or publish them in journals.

Finding a Mentor

Research mentors are faculty members who collaborate with you supervising your research or creative project. Finding a research mentor is key for your project. Mentors offers guidance and experience in different aspects of research. Also, undergraduate research grants are only available to students conducting projects under the supervision of a faculty mentor.

Browse UVU departments’ websites and their faculty professional websites to check their research fields and publications. You may find a faculty member who is doing research in the topic you are interested. Also a professor with whom you took a class can become your research mentor. This list prepared by Dr. Kopp may be helpful too. It includes professors, their areas of research and contact information.

Once you have identified a faculty member you are interested in doing research with, send them an email describing your research project and objectives. Visiting during office hours is a good way to meet faculty too. Prepare a resume and a copy of your research project and bring them with you when visiting.

The Open Scholar Archive is also a useful tool for finding faculty mentors.

The Indispensable Guide on Undergraduate Research by Drs. Hudley, Dickter, and Franz will help you to find resources offered by the university to carry out successful research projects. Chapter 4 (here) will provide you with information on the role of faculty, as well as tips on how to find a faculty mentor for your undergraduate research.

Research Club

Our mission as the Research Club is to promote undergraduate research throughout our University by informing students about research opportunities, helping students and faculty become proactive and involved, and by providing resources and tools for students to be successful


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Career Guidance

Have you found research or creative activities that have captured your desire to become involved in a particular employment/job field or learn more about one? Are you not sure how your interests can translate in to a job? These career guidance resources may help