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Undergraduate Research defined - An inquiry or investigation conducted by an undergraduate student that makes an original, intellectual, or creative contribution to the discipline....(from the Council on Undergraduate Research)

Research contributes to an expansion of knowledge through inquiry, investigation or experimentation aimed at the discovery of facts, theories, or laws. It spans inquiry from isolating a specific gene to investigating the workings of a camel's third eyelid, from identifying themes of masculinity in dance choreography, to determining if older computer users are put off by fancy graphics.

Undergraduate research requires an educational collaboration between students and faculty members. Research experiences may be initiated by students who seek out faculty supervision for their projects or by faculty members who involve undergraduate students in their research teams.

Research can culminate in a written or oral presentation as a means of making the body of academic knowledge or creative exploration accessible to other investigators in the field, as well as to the general public. Ohio State's annual spring Denman Undergraduate Research Forum offers a wonderful opportunity to practice sharing your work orally and visually.


Students present their projects at the Denman Undergraduate Research Forum.

Browse abstracts of Denman presentations by subject area.


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