UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH PROGRAM
at Meredith College
The Undergraduate Research Program at Meredith College offers direction and support for students who are ready to be original, push the boundaries of the classroom and the textbook, and connect with others who share their interests.
About Our Undergraduate Research Program
The Meredith Undergraduate Research Program promotes collaborative projects involving students and faculty from across the campus, representing all academic disciplines or departments. Students have the unique opportunity to build research partnerships directly with faculty who encourage and support the students’ research and creative endeavors.
Students in all academic programs may earn course credit for approved research work. Academic advisors and faculty who share a student’s interest can offer further information and guidance.
You can submit your proposal to the Undergraduate Research Committee for consideration. Examples of possible funding requests include
- Perishable supplies used in research
- Copy costs for manuscripts pertinent to the research
- Small equipment specific to the research project
The maximum support currently available per student is $500 to cover travel, registration, and preparation costs. If several students travel to a conference, each student should apply for travel support.
Finished results can include
The Shepard K. Halsch Endowment for undergraduate research funds monetary stipends for summer research projects. Students have from May 15 – August 1 to complete their research.
Meredith requires all research projects involving human participants to be reviewed by the IRB before the initiation of the research. The primary objective of the Meredith IRB is to protect research participants.
Celebrating Student Achievement
Celebrating Student Achievement (CSA) Day at Meredith College is a day-long annual celebration of student achievement that includes research presentations, posters, performances, creative projects, awards, exhibits, and more. The day is a showcase of student research. By the time they graduate, 47% of Meredith students conduct undergraduate research in partnership with faculty mentors.
CSA Day 2023 will be an in-person conference on April 13, 2023. Our Meredith College CSA YouTube Channel will make all presentations available after the event. Last year’s presentations are also available on the channel. Students interested in presenting at CSA Day should refer to the deadlines and guidelines provided within the Undergraduate Research Program campus site, which can be accessed through the Meredith Portal.
Undergraduate research experiences give you the freedom to expand upon your interests and a strong foundation for future research in your professional field. Check out our CSA Day YouTube channel for a sample of student research conducted at Meredith in recent years.
Are you ready to get started on your research? Here are the steps you need to begin today.
Identify the topics that resonate with you. Whether these are subjects you were already interested in or took a class with a topic you want to learn more about, undergraduate research allows you to dive deeper into your curiosity.
Work with instructors from courses you enjoy and find faculty members whose research interests align with yours.
Gain course credit for working on research with your faculty mentor. Different departments across campus offer 499-level courses through which you can earn credit.
You can collaborate with faculty and fellow students to pursue a research or creative project that produces a tangible result.
An Honors Scholar with majors in psychology and mathematics, Paige Lawrence, ’21, has learned the importance of community while at Meredith— a realization that inspired her to work with retirement homes to study fall prevention. After graduation, she will continue her studies at East Carolina University in the Master of Occupational Therapy program.
Graphic design major Bailey Birtchet, ’21, received a Fulbright award after building a strong academic and professional record through internships and undergraduate research.
Samantha Duerring, ’20, conducted undergraduate research on the perceptions of GMOs on Meredith’s campus.
Undergraduate Research News
For the first time since 2019, Celebrating Student Achievement Day (CSA Day) is set to take place in person on Thursday, April 13, 2023.
On April 7, 2022, Meredith College hosted its 20th Celebrating Student Achievement (CSA) Day as a hybrid conference.
Fifteen Meredith College students are working with faculty mentors on undergraduate research projects this summer, supported by the Undergraduate Research Program.
Associate Professor of Biological Sciences and Director of Undergraduate Research
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