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The National Survey of Student Engagement reports that UNK students participate in out-of-class research in higher numbers than at many of our nation’s more elite institutions. Undergraduate research is a particular strength of UNK's learning environment. Students in all disciplines are encouraged to participate in independent research and creative activity. This enables you to apply your new knowledge and skills to unique challenges of your choosing. Working closely with faculty mentors, you will engage in an academic endeavor that further develops critical thinking, project management, and presentation skills that will be valuable in a lifetime of learning.
Students present their completed projects on campus twice yearly through the Fall Student Research Symposium and Student Research Day held in the latter half of the fall and spring semesters, respectively. Through poster sessions, oral presentations, musical performances, and art exhibitions, these venues showcase students' original scholarly works. Many students also present their projects at conferences sponsored by other institutions. For example, UNK has a reputation for sponsoring a high number of our students' presentations at the annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR).
Multiple programs offer funding to assist students in conducting research or creative projects. Check out these possibilities:
Fall Student Research Symposium The 13th Annual Fall Student Research Symposium was held on October 22, 2015, in the Nebraskan Student Union. The schedule for oral presentations can be found by clicking on the program link below. Each of these projects was also presented in poster format in Ponderosa E. Additional posters were shown by Drew Thompson, Jarod Speer, Billie Kunzman, Sierra Blohm, Josie Parr, Amanda Humlicek, Jayden Roberts, and Cody Carlson.
Student Presentation Opportunities
Faculty mentors can submit citations from student publications and presentations. These will be posted on the UGR webpage.
For more information on these programs, contact the Office of Undergraduate Research & Creative Activity, Conrad Hall #115, 308-865-8702.