Welcome to Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate research (UR) is self-directed/designed academic work by an individual student or team of students that addresses a research question with the expectation of a scholarly or creative product intended for publication or presentation on or off campus. UNC Asheville founded the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) more than 30 years ago and celebrated the milestone by bringing more than 4,000 undergraduate research students to campus in 2016.

Undergraduate research offers hands-on experience in the field, guided by expert faculty who let students take the lead. More than 65 percent of UNC Asheville students complete original research in their field of study through the university’s nationally recognized Undergraduate Research Program—an opportunity most often found in graduate programs. UNC Asheville’s Undergraduate Research Program has been recognized in U.S. News and World Report’s national rankings as a “program of distinction.”

View the 2021 Fall Symposium on Undergraduate Research, Creativity, and Community Engagement coming soon schedule, presentations, and speakers.

Our Mission

The mission of the UNC Asheville Undergraduate Research Program is to provide students with a wide variety of research, scholarly and creative opportunities that support and supplement other educational activities. The Program encourages students and faculty mentors to engage in the complete active research process, including design and implementation of projects and dissemination of results.

UNC Asheville Journal of Undergraduate Research

Submit your work to UNC Asheville's Journal of Undergraduate Research Learn More

Attend a Grant Proposal Workshop

Everything you need to know to write a successful proposal Learn More

University Research Scholar Nominations

Receive this honor for your hard work and expertise Learn More