Undergraduate research program

Concordia University’s Undergraduate Research Program mission is to promote a culture of research and scholarship throughout the University by assisting students and faculty in finding, conducting, and presenting research at the undergraduate level. Undergraduate research supports a student-centered learning environment that fosters student research, scholarship, and creative activities and provides an opportunity for faculty to expand their own research programs and enhance mentoring skills through training new members of their disciplines.

Concordia University is dedicated to providing students with experiences they can carry with them long after they graduate. Our faculty and staff are thought leaders in their fields. Many of them still work in the subjects they teach, providing their students - you - a truly unique, hands-on research experience. Our Office of Research and Sponsored Programs can help connect you with faculty doing research in your field of interest.

According to a survey conducted at CUW in Fall, 2016:

  • 56% of faculty report working with, mentoring, or otherwise coordinating the efforts of students engaged in undergraduate research.
  • 80% of faculty reported that they thought UGR activities would increase in the next academic year.
  • 80% of faculty when asked if they anticipated that the number of UGR students would increase or decrease in future academic years reported that the number was anticipated to increase.
  • There are five (5) major categories of recruitment used.These include; Faculty member selects and offers (27%), Word of Mouth (27%), Senior Seminar (27%), Course Syllabus (12%), and Request from Student (6%).


Undergraduate Research Certificate

This certificate prepares students for job and graduate school application. Achieving research method competencies and related skills shows employers and graduate schools that one can carry out independent and collaborative research, think critically, write clearly, create reports, and share findings. Learn more about the Undergraduate Research Certificate here.

Council on Undergraduate Research

Concordia University has an enhanced membership with the Council on Undergraduate Research. Concordia faculty and staff can create a username and password on the CUR website to access valuable information and resources related to undergraduate research.

Contact Us

Rachel Heil
Pre Award and Undergraduate Research Coordinator