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At UTC, the undergraduate student experience centers on inquiry, discovery, and community. Students who participate in undergraduate research (UR) activities make significant contributions to society and acquire key transferable skills to successfully navigate the global world of work or advanced study.
The Office for Undergraduate Research and Creative Endeavor (URaCE) is committed to broadening undergraduate research experiences for all students regardless of background, discipline, or year of study. Our programs and initiatives aim to foster a robust research culture that involves the entire UTC community, while also contributing to the local environs of Chattanooga, and creating dialogues with the wider global community.
Mission: The Office for Undergraduate Research and Creative Endeavor supports and promotes transformative undergraduate research experiences for all students through deep engagement, community building, and strategic partnerships.
Vision: Undergraduate Research for All
What is Undergraduate Research (UR)?
The Council for Undergraduate Research (CUR) defines UR as: An inquiry or investigation conducted by an undergraduate student that makes an original intellectual or creative contribution to the discipline.
Although UR projects vary by discipline, three general criteria guide all undergraduate research and creative projects:
At UTC, Students who engage in UR:
- Work from a research question, hypothesis, or thesis statement
- Apply research design/methods to generate findings
- Communicate findings through presentation, publication, or other methods of dissemination
What are the Benefits of Participation?
Students who engage in undergraduate research and creative activities get hands-on educational experiences (lab work, field work, community projects), learn critical career skills, make important contributions through the research enterprise, engage directly with the research process (asking a question, defining the question, sharing findings), and build professional relationships with faculty mentors.