Southwestern University

Undergraduate Research

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


Ben Belz

Assistant Director of Integrative Learning



Ben Belz

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

Fleming Student Conference Travel Grants

Other On-Campus Research Opportunities

Off-Campus Research Opportunities

For Faculty


Undergraduate Research News

Julia O'Bryan, Beautiful Brokenness, porcelain and gold leaf, 21" x 30" x 11".

Studio Art Major Julia O’Bryan ’19 Wins Prestigious National Award

O’Bryan’s artwork, Beautiful Brokenness, will tour the U.S. in an esteemed exhibition as part of her award from the Kennedy Center VSA Emerging Young Artists with Disabilities Program.

Two faculty and eight students after the TAS Banquet

Southwestern Biologists Score at the Texas Academy of Science Meeting

Undergraduate researchers from the Biology Department garnered four presentation awards and a 2nd place team award for Science Jeopardy at the state-wide annual meeting of the Texas Academy of Science.


A Commitment to Undergraduate Research

At Southwestern University undergraduate students not only conduct original research, but often have the opportunity to publish and present their work alongside faculty.