Southwestern University

Undergraduate Research

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

Contact

Ben Belz

Assistant Director of Integrative Learning

Phone

512.863.1283

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


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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.

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SCOPE

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.

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Associate Professor of Theatre Sergio Costola, Kayla Ingram ’20, and Associate Professor of English Michael Saenger

Shakespeare across Time, Languages, and Disciplines

Associate Professor of Theatre Sergio Costola and Associate Professor of English Michael Saenger coordinated a seminar on translating Shakespeare at an international conference in Rome.

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