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UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH CLUB - Meet other students involved with research, or come to learn about research and opportunities 

CROWDFUNDING - Yes, you can pitch your research to the public!  Follow the link for more info.  Also, check out existing campaigns here.

RESEARCH MENTOR GALLERY - Find ETSU faculty working in areas that interest you

UNDERGRAD RESEARCHER GALLERY - Make a quickie post of your interests for doing research so that faculty can find you




  • The Undergraduate Research and Scholars Organization (URSO) will have spring 2020 meetings at 5pm in Gilbreath 212 for the following dates:  Feb 3, Feb 17, Mar 2, Mar 23, Apr 6, Apr 20.  It is a great club for students interested in research and scholarly activities.
  • Appalachian Research Forum is ETSU's annual research conference for both undergraduate and graduate students 

  • Boland Undergraduate Symposium is ETSU's annual undergraduate research conference.

    • Next Symposium:  Friday, March 27, Millennium Center
    • Oral Presentation Workshop:  TBD, Yoakley Hall, Room 109
  • SoCon Undergraduate Research Forum (SURF), 2019 Nov 2-3, Wofford College, Spartanburg, SC
    • Press Release for the 2019 meeting:  Link
    • Abstract Deadline:  September 12, 2019
    • NOTE:  ETSU will take 10 student participants.  Students will be notified about their selection to attend SURF shortly after the deadline.
  • Posters-at-the-Capitol (Posters), 2020 Feb 26, Nashville
    • Application Deadline: November 5, 2019
    • NOTE: ETSU will take 7 student participants. Students will be notified about their selection to attend SURF shortly after the deadline.
  • National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) is a national and annual undergraduate research conference. 
    • Conference information and abstract submission is Mar 26-28, 2020.
  • Event Calendar  for the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) - includes meetings and undergraduate grants
  • The Undergraduate Research Symposium is an annual undergraduate research conference at UT-Knoxville.  See:




Scholarship takes many forms.  Research is often associated with the sciences and humanities.  Creative activities are often associated with the arts.  But scholarship is a unifying standard underlying all forms of academic inquiry.

Ultimately, undergraduate involvement in  scholarly activities is "hands-on" in nature, often involving some student independence.  Research and creative activities can be educationally enriching and highly rewarding experiences.

Participating in research or a creative activity can have many benefits:

  • preparation for a career,

  • preparation for graduate school,

  • development of transferable skills.

In addition:

  • A project will generally lead to an outcome that can strengthen your resume (such as a linkable presentation).

  • Projects can often lead to networking opportunities.

  • Students generally work under the direct supervision of a professor.

You are greatly encouraged to explore the scholarship opportunities that ETSU makes available to its undergraduate students.




  • 2014-15 Academic Year/2015 Summer Report
  • 2015-16 Academic Year/2016 Summer Report
  • 2016-17 Academic Year/2017 Summer Report
  • 2017-18 Academic Year/2018 Summer Report
  • 2018-19 Academic Year/2019 Summer Report







Pursue your passion.


To promote and advance the sciences, humanities, and arts by engaging and supporting undergraduates in research.


To make undergraduate research an integral part of the university experience at ETSU.

Interview with Summer Fellowship Awardee

In this interview Alison shares about her background, her experiences, and how the opportunity to be involved with research has impacted her education at ETSU.



Director rico IgnaeRichard Ignace Ignace's research expertise is in the area of astronomy, especially stellar astrophysics.  His publications and grant awards are summarized in his CV.  Ignace has a long record of working with undergraduate researchers and is excited to work in support of student engagement in research and creative activities across ETSU.  

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