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  • Event Calendar  for the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) - includes meetings and undergraduate grants

  • National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) is a national and annual undergraduate research conference

    • Abstract Deadline:  December 2, 2016

  • SoCon Undergraduate Research Forum  (SURF), 2016 Oct 28-29, Wofford College
    • Press Release:  Link
    • Video Clip:  SURF Event
    • Registration:  Deadline 5pm, Sept 9, 2016
    • NOTE:  Each SoCon institution is limited to 10 student participants.  Students will be notified about their selection to attend SURF shortly after the Sept 9 deadline.
  • Boland Undergraduate Symposium is ETSU's annual undergraduate research conference.

    • Next Symposium:  Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at the Millennium Centre
  • Appalachian Research Forum is ETSU's annual research conference for both undergraduate and graduate students 

    • Next Forum:  April 11 & 12, 2017 at the Culp Center
  • Tennessee Experiential Learning Symposium (TELS), 2016 Oct 21, Middle Tennessee State University.  Runs in parallel with the Undergraduate Social Sciences Symposium (USSS) on Oct 20-21. 
  • The Undergraduate Research Symposium is an annual undergraduate research conference at UT-Knoxville





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







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.

The Relevance of Undergraduate Research

Genuine Research Keeps Students in Science

The Power of Unsolvable Problems

Director of Undergraduate Research & Creative Activities


Richard 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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