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Undergraduate Research

Utah State University is one of the premier undergraduate research institutions in the nation. Since 1975 the USU Undergraduate Research Program has enabled students to partner with faculty on path-breaking investigations and creative writing projects. However, engaging in research and creative endeavors is not simply the pursuit of new knowledge or skills—it provides students the opportunity to connect one-on-one with faculty members and develop intellectual independence early on in their academic careers. Performing undergraduate research and creative activity also helps students build a strong resume and marketable skillset for their professional careers.

Under the mentorship of top faculty and scholars, our students have presented their research in prestigious national and regional undergraduate forums including:

  • English Symposium
  • Research on Capitol Hill
  • Utah Conference on Undergraduate Research
  • National Conference on Undergraduate Research
  • Sigma Tau Delta Regional Conference The National Conference on Peer Tutoring and Writing
  • National Undergraduate Literature Conference

Students also have several occasions to present their research and creative work to members of the department and USU community by participating in other research events such as Student Showcase, held annually in conjunction with Research Week events sponsored by the Vice President for Research Office.

Undergraduate researchers and creative writers in English have studied British poetry, nineteenth century literature, and Daisy Miller, USU alumnus and poet May Swenson, fifteenth century religious texts, Ian McEwan’s use of memory and wartime in Atonement; and former Poet Laureate of the United States Elizabeth Bishop’s Brazilian influences. They have also written novellas, braided essays, and poetry collections.  Through this student-centered program, students can select and personalize their research to best fit their educational and career goals.

For detailed information about undergraduate research at Utah State University, visit the Undergraduate Research Program website