Office of Undergraduate Research 

Our Mission: The mission of the Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Works is to promote and facilitate collaborative research projects for UVU students and faculty across all academic disciplines. 

Utah Valley University believes that Faculty and Student Research is indeed the "pedagogy of the 21 century" and an increasingly important aspect of higher education. UVU believes that exceptionally capable and well-motivated faculty and students should have the opportunity to participate in cutting edge research within their field of study. 

 

COVID-19 Modified Operations: The Office  of Undergraduate Research and Creative Works will be operating remotely for the duration of the COVID-19 emergency. We will be happy to work with you virtually to support your needs Monday thru Friday 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM.  For assistance please email URCWOEL@uvu.edu

 

What is research? 

We define research as an inquiry or investigation that allows one to ask questions and explore how and why things work the way that they do. Undergraduate research should contribute intellectually or creatively to a specific discipline. 

 

Why should I do research? 

Research allows students to be creative and explore answers to questions about topics within their field of study or that interest them. Not only does it enrich the academic experience for students, but it also provides a student with professional development early on. 

  • Research is for any academic discipline, not just the science departments. 
  • Research is not limited to your field of study but fields that interest and are applicable to your research. 
  • You can conduct research and receive financial help through the Office of Engaged Learning grants. 

Benefits of undergraduate research

Clarification of Career Path

Research can help clarify one’s personal interests and plans after graduation by expounding upon a student's existing knowledge of a field and improve their perception of it. 

 

 

Mentor Relationships

Working with a faculty mentor is another opportunity for students to grow one's knowledge of a particular field, recieve advice, network and add that professor as an academic reference for future academic and professional pursuits. 

 

 

Professional Development

Research gives students the opportunity to demonstrate to future employers that they have harnessed a variety of skills and know how to take on projects. Research experience adds value to future academic and professional applications. 

 

 

 

Transferable Skills

In addition to becoming familiar with the research process, students also develop skills like problem-solving, communication, and collaboration that are applicable for many settings. 

 

Student Testimonials:

Interested In Research?

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Student Research

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Faculty Research

Get a head start with the Fulton Library

Get involved today using the resources at the UVU library. The Fulton Library supports information access, student learning, and knowledge creation.