Undergraduate 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 and creative opportunities ranging from Latin American saxophone music to nanotechnology, and from the use of lighting in theatre to the use of social media 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. CURCS administers a number of the undergraduate research programs.

The Center for Academic & Global Engagement (CAGE) serves as the hub for Undergraduate Research and Creative Scholarship at USD.

Our staff can help you:

  • Formulate your research goals
  • Connect you with faculty mentors
  • Provide you with grants to fund your work

For questions or more information contact:

Name Department & Office Contact
Kim Albracht
  • Assistant Director, Academic Engagement
I D Weeks Library 103


  • CUR Posters on the Hill

    Tyler Seidel was selected to present his poster "Effect of Fishes on Aquatic Insects in Linked Aquatic Terrestrial Food Webs" at the annual Posters on the Hill event on April 17 - 18. 

    The annual Posters on the Hill event in Washington, D.C. is an opportunity for undergraduates to showcase their research to congressional members, meet with representatives and learn about undergraduate research advocacy. Each year only 60 students are selected out of hundreds of applications to participate in this unique event.

  • IdeaFest

    This annual event celebrates student research, creative scholarship and academic engagement. Undergraduate and graduate students in all disciplines present their work in oral and poster presentations, live performances, readings, exhibits and displays.

  • UDiscover Research

    Eight students have been selected as UDiscover scholars for summer 2018. The students will work closely with a faculty mentor on a research project over 10 weeks during the summer. They will present their findings at IdeaFest 2019.