Southwestern University

Undergraduate Research

Across the disciplines, Southwestern undergraduates frequently collaborate with faculty mentors on research and creative projects.


Elizabeth Beasley

Elizabeth Beasley

Assistant Director of Integrative Learning


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Elizabeth Beasley

Elizabeth Beasley

Assistant Director of Integrative Learning

Every student at Southwestern University engages in research and creative projects, whether it’s writing a literature review for a final sociology essay or designing a theatrical performance for a capstone course. But undergraduate research goes well beyond the classroom. Through programs such as Summer Collaborative Opportunities and Experiences (SCOPE),  Faculty-Student Research Projects, and the King Creativity Fund, Southwestern students enjoy multiple opportunities to become independent researchers and artists, articulating significant, previously unexplored questions and making original contributions to their fields. 

Partnering with faculty and peers, our students present their research or creative works at on-campus symposia as well as at professional conferences around the world; they even coauthor scholarly publications and exhibit their work at curated exhibitions. These experiences hone our students’ problem-solving and communication skills, providing the framework for lifelong innovation and creative thinking. Moreover, Southwestern’s undergraduates develop strong bonds with their peer researchers and their faculty mentors, a key element of our commitment to supporting personal growth.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

SCOPE—Summer Collaborative Opportunities and Experiences

King Creativity Fund

Research & Creative Works Symposium

Undergraduate Research and Creative WOrks Travel Awards (UTA)

Off-Campus Research Opportunities

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