A Commitment to Undergraduate Research
SCOPE students investigate possible factors of endometrial and breast cancer progression.
SCOPE students spend summer poolside researching the segmental and joint movements involved in dolphin kicking among various age groups.
SCOPE project focuses on developing intelligent agents using video games and creating visual patterns on a computer screen.
SCOPE students grow, harvest basil to analyze antioxidant properties as plant matures.
SCOPE students create a self-navigating robot for the ocean.
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.