Undergraduate research is self-directed/designed academic work by an individual student or team of students that addresses a research question with the expectation of a scholarly or creative product intended for publication or presentation on or off campus. UNC Asheville founded the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) more than 30 years ago and celebrated the milestone by bringing more than 4,000 undergraduate research students to campus in 2016.
Undergraduate research offers hands-on experience in the field, guided by expert faculty who let students take the lead. About 70 percent of UNC Asheville students complete original research in their field of study through the university’s nationally recognized Undergraduate Research Program each year—an opportunity most often found in graduate programs. UNC Asheville’s Undergraduate Research Program has been recognized in U.S. News and World Report’s national rankings as a “program of distinction.”
From finding new ways to tackle the problem of drug resistant bacteria to examining why some school districts are better at handling achievement gaps than others, UNC Asheville students undertake real-world research that makes a difference.