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Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, & Creative Activity

Helen West (CAS/BA '13)

Like your professors, you can pursue original research, scholarship, creative, or professional activity. Undergraduates have presented their research at professional conferences, published their scholarship in professional journals, and performed or displayed their creative work in professional venues. They have also participated in research experiences for undergraduates (REUs), published in undergraduate research journals, presented at student conferences, and participated in case competitions.

American University supports undergraduate research, scholarship, creative, and professional activity by:

Some of the academic units--CAS, KSB, SIS, SOC, SPA, and SPExS--host helpful webpages, and the Office of Merit Awards assists students in gaining funding for research through the Fulbright and other nationally competitive programs.

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Join the URSCPA Facebook group, receive notifications about new opportunities, and discuss with faculty, students, and staff common issues in pursuing professional-level work.


Want to receive a $4,000 prize this summer so you can pursue your own research, scholarship, professional, or creative work with the guidance of a faculty member? Apply for the AU Summer Scholars and Artists Fellowship. 

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Read the U Research Blog

Hear from students, faculty, and staff about how to pursue your own original work.

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Visit the Council on Undergraduate Research

The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) is a national organization promoting undergraduate research that represents over 900 affiliated colleges and universities, including American University. CUR provides a comprehensive list of opportunities on their student page.

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Follow the Council on Undergraduate Research

To stay informed, receive notifications directly from the Council on Undergraduate Research through their Facebook page.

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