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2016-2017 AU Scholars Newsletters

What is Undergraduate Research?

The Council on Undergraduate Research defines undergraduate research as “an inquiry or investigation conducted by an undergraduate student that makes an original intellectual or creative contribution to the discipline.” More simply put, research is the process of creating new knowledge.It’s the systematic gathering of information to help you answer a question or solve a problem.

Why do Research through AU Scholars?

"I found the way the program connects you with resources at AU that work in research was the most valuable. I liked being able to talk with the research librarian about the best way to go about the project and knowing that I could contact her with any questions. The teamwork aspect of the program was also useful -- coordinating with my classmates to make sure the presentation went smoothly and making sure we were all on the same page with content will be useful for future group presentations." ---2015 AU Scholars student

"I really enjoyed pushing my academic boundaries in fields I'd never really even considered before coming to college." ---2015 AU Scholars student

"I found my newfound relationships with faculty and fellow students to be the most valuable aspect of this program. I became very close with many of my fellow AU Scholars and with my professors throughout this year, and I now feel like I have good contacts at this school that can help me through the rest of my academic career and into the future." ---2015 AU Scholars student

"The most valuable aspect for me was the opportunity to do research at a high level." ---2014 AU Scholars student

2016 Spring Research Highlights

Domestic and International Effects of East and Southeast Asian Migration

Sleep Patterns and Cognitive Function in American University Freshmen

Latin American Migration: An Analysis of Colombia, Peru and El Salvador

Health Effects of Urban Segregation in D.C.

Pawns and Percentages: Coercive Strategies & Queer Indentity in Migration

2015 Spring Research Highlights

Check out the two documentaries that our AU Scholars students developed for their spring class on Education about Contentious Topics: Building Identity through Teaching about the Civil Rights Movement in Northern Ireland. Both documentaries were presented at the AU Scholars Research Symposium in Spring 2015.

Documentary #1 on the education system in Northern Ireland

Documentary #2 on their trip to Northern Ireland