UNC Asheville founded the National Conference on Undergraduate Research more than 25 years ago. Now a nationally recognized program, Undergraduate Research provides students with a wide variety of research, scholarly and creative opportunities that support and supplement other educational activities. Undergraduate Research encourages students and faculty mentors to engage in the complete active research process, including design and implementation of projects and dissemination of results.
In 2014, 68% percent of students completed original research in their field of study and 450 students presented or published their research as part of UNC Asheville's nationally recognized Undergraduate Research program. The program is a gateway for students to continue post-graduate work, whether that's through prestigious Fulbright Scholarships or acceptance to medical, dental or veterinarian programs. Graduating seniors may also receive The University Research Scholar (URS) designation for outstanding performance in undergraduate research.
"Undergraduate research made me responsible for exploring, justifying, conducting, and presenting projects," says '14 Corey McClintock, a chemistry and literature major. "These responsibilities enabled personal development, while leading to results fit for publication. The process also led to many opportunities to present my research in exciting conferences across the country."