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Mission & Objectives

History, Mission & Objectives

History

The Office of Research and Public/Private Sector Partnership at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro administered the Undergraduate Research and Creativity Award (URCA) program, the Scholars Travel program, and the annual Carolyn & Norwood Thomas Undergraduate Research and Creativity Expo.

The Office of Undergraduate Research was created in 2006 to fulfill the vision of Associate Provost Dr. Rosemary Wander. In 2014, the OUR became the Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creativity Office (URSCO) in effort to embrace and promote the diversity of disciplinary scholarship represented by the many academic deparments and units that make up UNCG.

Mission

The Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creativity Office (URSCO) is dedicated to promoting and supporting student success through faculty-mentored undergraduate research, creative expressions and other scholarly experiences for the UNCG community. Such experiences can manifest in many ways, including co- or extracurricular projects involving one or more students mentored by a UNCG faculty member. Research and scholarship mean asking an original question and then, using the tools of an academic discipline to answer that question.

Objectives

The office seeks to highlight the diversity of disciplinary scholarship for and through our students in order to help cultivate inquiry outside the classroom. Toward this end, the OUR hosts a variety of workshops for students and faculty.

Student workshops include: what to expect from a research experience, how to create an effective poster, how to identify the right research program and mentor, and students talking with each other about their research.

Faculty workshops include: building research skills into the curriculum and how to mentor undergraduate students in research.

Specifically we:

  1. Provide opportunities for UNCG students to engage in an undergraduate research experience.
  2. Provide opportunities for UNCG students to learn about the benefits of undergraduate research or scholarly experience.
  3. Provide opportunities for UNCG students to disseminate the results of their research.
  4. Develop additional programs that support undergraduate research experiences.
  5. Develop an assessment program for the undergraduate research experience.
  6. Participate in local, state, and national dialogues or meetings devoted to promoting undergraduate research.