Undergraduate research is an important part of the Southwestern Experience. It develops the intellectual practice of problem solving and provides an enduring framework for the exploration and creation of new knowledge. It is decidedly different from the typical classroom-based learning experience. Collaborating with faculty, our students work on authentic, unsolved problems, not scenarios scripted in a textbook. 

These research opportunities extend well beyond the sciences to include the arts, humanities and social sciences. Subjects range from Kinesiology to Biochemistry and Computer Science to Psychology. All involve research that has the potential to truly impact their fields.

Undergraduate research fits perfectly into SU’s experiential education model which complements inquiry-based learning and independent study with community-engaged learning and study abroad to develop the lifelong skills and abilities of a creator and innovator.


Recent Undergraduate Research

Video: SCOPE Students Evaluate Climate Change Mitigation Efforts in South Texas

Assistant Professor of Biology Jennie DeMarco and students measure the effectiveness of a nature-based method of addressing climate change in the Tamaulipan thornscrub ecosystem of southern Texas.


Video: ASMR U Tingly Yet?

Associate Professor of Psychology Carin Perilloux and students collaborate on a SCOPE project studying the psychological phenomenon of ASMR.


Discovering Southwestern’s Untold History

SCOPE project shines a light on two stories of minority athletes.


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