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Office for the Advancement of Research and Scholarship

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Undergraduate Research at Miami University

Miami Undergraduate Research Forum April 15, 2015

Students will present results of their research to interested faculty, peers and the public.

The event is free and open to the public.

Held in mid April each year, the Miami Undergraduate Research Forum showcases the creative and scholarly activities our undergraduates have been engaged in over the course of the academic year. The public is invited to join us on April 16, 2014 to celebrate and promote undergraduate engagment in learning and their scholarly achievements.

Miami is nationally recognized by U.S. News & World report for its "unusually strong commitment to undergraduate teaching". Getting involved in research allows students to build meaningful relationships with our dedicated Miami faculty outside of the traditional classroom setting. Our model of engaged inquiry encourages critical thinking and peer-assisted learning to provide students with personal, educational, and professional growth. By participating in undergraduate research, students gain experience and skills valued by employers, graduate schools and medical schools.
Research is the search for knowledge
Miami student researchers craft their own understanding of the value of inquiry-based learning. Every program at Miami has opportunities for students to excel through research experiences. They learn that the research process involves systematic investigations to establish novel facts, solve new or existing problems, explore new creative ideas, or develop new theories. Miami students do not have to be a science major to participate in undergraduate research. Students get involved in undergraduate research in the: humanities, education, fine and performing arts, and social sciences. Indeed, Miami undergraduate researchers often present their work at regional and national conferences.

Miami sponsors these undergraduate research opportunities through Office for the Advancement of Research and Scholarship.

  1. First Year Research Experience (FYRE)
  2. Undergraduate Research Award (URA)
  3. Doctoral-Undergraduate Opportunity Scholarship (DUOS)
  4. Undergraduate Summer Scholars (USS)
  5. Undergraduate Presentation Awards (UPA)

Additional undergraduate research opportunities are sponsored by academic divisions, departments, the honors program, Office for International Education for study abroad experiences. For example the Microbiology department invites incoming Miami freshman who want jump in and do some real science to get involved in Phage Genomics course. In a full-year academic course students get hands on training to 1) isolate and characterize bacterial viruses from their local soil, 2) prepare the viral DNA for sequencing 3) annotate and compare the sequenced genome.

Explore these web sites for more information. College of Arts & Science Behind the Red Brick, The Western College Program sponsors Mi CUP of TEA a student-run journal of undergraduate research and offers the Gerber Inquiry Award for Student Developed Inquiry Projects. Read more about individual student research experiences in the Miami Report Special Issue on Summer Undergraduate Research 2013.


The Council on Undergraduate Research offers professional development opportunities for faculty, staff, graduate students and undergraduate student researchers. Miami covers the cost of annual CUR membership for every faculty, staff, grad student and undergraduate student. We strongly encourage everyone to get involved in CUR. Click the To join link make sure to chose Miami University (OH) from the Institution Drop Down list. Questions about joining: Contact Martha E. Weber, Coordinator of Undergraduate Research in OARS (weberme@MiamiOH.edu)

November Application Deadlines for student researchers: Miami encourages individual students to apply to CUR Posters on the Hill call for Abstracts in November. Students must submit using the CUR on-line submission form at www.cur.org. Miami University, CUR Government Relations/Policy Contact Person: Mr. Randi M. Thomas Esq Email: thomasrm@miamioh..edu
Over 30 Miami students presented results of their research at the annual spring National Conference on Undergraduate Research. NCUR 2014 Home Page Submissions were welcomed from an entire range of scholarly disciplines including: creative arts, mathematics, business, social sciences, humanities, physical and life sciences, etc. Miami students selected to present at NCUR were provide modest travel support from the Undergraduate Research Presentation Award (UPA) program.