Center for Academic & Global Engagement Undergraduate Research

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Delve deeper into your areas of interest through research. Even in your first or second year at USD, you can join research teams, earn mini-grants, present at national conferences or conduct your research at sites around the world. Whatever your major, you'll find research opportunities ranging from Latin American saxophone music to nanotechnology and from the use of lighting in theatre to the use of Facebook by potential employers.

The Council for Undergraduate Research and Creative Scholarship (CURCS) is a group of faculty and staff whose goal is to advance research and creative activity among undergraduate students at USD. CURCS administers a number of the undergraduate research programs listed below.

Here are a just a few of the research opportunities available to you at USD:  
  • U.Discover Summer Scholar Program - This program is an opportunity to engage in summer research with a faculty mentor and participate in activities with an interdisciplinary team of students.
  • IdeaFest - This annual event is a celebration of student research, creative activity and academic engagement. Students present their work in oral and poster presentations, live performances, readings, exhibits and displays. Nationally recognized scholars are invited to speak.
  • Posters on the Hill - This event is an undergraduate poster session on Capitol Hill that helps members of Congress understand the importance of undergraduate research by talking directly with the students whom these programs impact.
  • Mini-grant Program - Student researchers can apply for mini-grants to support their research locally or presentations at national conferences to showcase their work. All mini-grant information can be found in the myUSD portal.
  • Student Research Poster Session at the Capitol - This annual event gives student researchers the opportunity to showcase their efforts for the South Dakota legislators in Pierre. A select number of students are chosen to represent USD at this important event.
  • Other Summer Research Programs at USD - Students have the opportunity of participating in several programs during the summer, such as National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) sites and South Dakota Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCOR).
  • Summer Program for Undergraduate Research in Addiction (SPURA) -  The Center for Brain and Behavior Research will be offering a multidisciplinary summer research program in 2015 aimed at providing USD undergraduate students with an opportunity to conduct high-quality, mentored, hypothesis-driven research in fields related to substance use, abuse and related or underlying mental health issues. More Information available here.
Undergraduate Research