The general mission of the Appalachian Colleges Association-University of North Carolina Asheville Partnership for Undergraduate Research is to develop region-wide strength in undergraduate research through:
- Targeted intuitional development
- Support for faculty-student projects
- Symposia and publication outlets
Over the last three years, undergraduate research at Lindsey Wilson has moved from being an experience available to a handful of seniors to one involving almost 10% of the students - from freshmen to seniors . The UNCA-ACA program provided the major spark for the expansion of undergraduate research in the humanities. It has fostered collaborative inquiry and analysis among students and faculty, the development of mentoring relationships and significant impact on the community. From my viewpoint as chief academic officer, the impact of the program on student learning and campus culture has been powerful."
Vice President for Academic Affairs
Lindsey Wilson College
Undergraduate Research at UNC Asheville
The undergraduate research program (URP) has been an integral part of UNC Asheville’s liberal arts mission for more than 20 years. This program is nationally recognized for its leadership in the Undergraduate Research(UR) movement.
The first National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) was held at UNC Asheville in 1986. The event was then held again at UNC Asheville in 1987, 1996, and finally in 2006, when over 2,400 students and visiting faculty attended the 20th anniversary event.
Undergraduate Research is interwoven into the curriculum in almost every department at UNC Asheville, with 60 percent of all students participating in UR experiences. UNC Asheville’s UR program has been recognized in U.S. News and World Report’s national rankings as a “program of distinction.”