What Inspires You?
Are you an undergraduate who wants to get involved in a research or creative project? At Brandeis, the Undergraduate Research and Creative Collaborations Office can help you find topics, mentors, and funding for an original research or creative project in close collaboration with leading Brandeis faculty and researchers.
Students can get involved in research in many ways, including as paid research assistants, through research grants and fellowships, and research for course credit. You can start exploring your options now!
The Undergraduate Research and Creative Collaborations Office (URCC) is the centralized undergraduate research office in the School of Arts and Sciences at Brandeis. The URCC develops, supports, promotes, and expands undergraduate-faculty research partnerships in the Creative Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, and Sciences.
The URCC was established by the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences in 2020. In partnership with Brandeis colleagues, the URCC has built a centralized research infrastructure, organized and held a yearly all-disciplines spring undergraduate research and creative collaborations symposium, managed existing and secured new undergraduate fellowship, research assistant, and grant programs, designed and delivered informational workshops, and created a peer research mentors program.
We’re here to help you find and pursue what inspires you.
What is Research?
"Undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative inquiry is fundamentally a pedagogical approach to teaching and learning. With an emphasis on process, CUR defines undergraduate research as: A mentored investigation or creative inquiry conducted by undergraduates that seeks to make a scholarly or artistic contribution to knowledge." - Council on Undergraduate Research
Undergraduate research is a high-impact educational experience.
Students report that their research has benefited them in many ways such as:
- Improved research and problem-solving skills
- Enhanced information literacy
- Increased proficiency in oral and written communication
- Elevated personal development, including self-confidence and a tolerance for obstacles
- Informed professional development skills, such as working effectively with mentors, peers, and on teams
Research 101 Workshops
- get involved and when to start
- identify your interests
- search for research opportunities
- reach out to potential faculty mentors
- apply for funding
- present and share your research or creative project
- get support and advice at all steps in the process
Sign-ups for Research 101 workshops for Fall 2022 have now closed. For research guidance, contact one of our Undergraduate Peer Research Mentors.
Research Advice from Brandeis Undergraduates
Brandeis undergraduates who have participated in undergraduates research share their thoughts and opinions and address frequently asked questions, in this series of video interviews.