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Undergraduate Research, Scholarship & Creative Activity


UW-Parkside has been active in undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activity (URSCA) over many years. UW-Parkside students benefit greatly from these high-impact practices that help students academically through more engagement with their major and professionally by making them more competitive for jobs as well as graduate and professional schools. The University is a long-standing member of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) and an active participant in the Wisconsin System Council on Undergraduate Research (WiSCUR). As a CUR member, Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity (URSCA) at UW-Parkside strives to follow CUR's five strategic pillars:

  • Integrating and Building Undergraduate Research into Curriculum and Coursework-focusing on building curriculum that is both research-based and supports undergraduate research as an outcome of curriculum.
  • Assessment of the Impact of Undergraduate Research-examines the outcomes of undergraduate research on students, faculty, curriculum and institutions.
  • Diversity and Inclusion in Undergraduate Research-offers undergraduate research to a wider audience of undergraduates, faculty, and institutions to increase the diversity of participants, particularly from underrepresented groups and institutions.
  • Innovation and Collaboration in Undergraduate Research-expanding undergraduate research opportunities beyond academic institutions to research collaborations with business and non-profit organizations as well as between higher education institutions.
  • Internationalization and Undergraduate Research-expanding the opportunities for research exchanges, research collaboration, and field research in international settings.

Approved by the Council on Undergraduate Research Executive Board - Aug. 25, 2014

Opportunities for students to present their Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity work locally, regionally, and nationally

National Council on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) 2020:

This is a national conference where undergraduate students present their research, scholarly work, and creative activity.  UW-Parkside regularly sends a few students and faculty to attend this national conference.  The registration and abstract submission for 2020 has already passed.

NCUR 2020 will be held at the Montana State University in Bozeman, MT on March 26-28, 2020.  Roughly ten UW-Parkside students and two faculty mentors will be attending NCUR.

NCUR Website

Research in the Rotunda (formerly Posters in the Rotunda) 2020:

The UW System will celebrate the 15th annual Research in the Rotunda: A Showcase of UW Undergraduate Research at the State Capitol in Madison. This event focuses on our students, faculty advisers, and the breadth of undergraduate research taking place on UW System campuses. This is a unique opportunity to educate our state legislators about the value of undergraduate research to students, faculty, and regional economic development.

When: Wednesday, March 11, 2020
Where: State Capitol, Madison, WI

UW-System Symposium for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity, 2020:

This will be the 20th annual UW-System wide undergraduate conference that includes a wide range of presentation topics and formats from all disciplines and majors.  It moves around the state and for 2020, UW-Whitewater will be the host.  UW-Parkside students involved in student-faculty collaborative scholarly work are encouraged to talk with your faculty mentor about registering and attending this annual meeting.

When: Friday, April 24, 2020
Where: UW-Whitewater
Registration deadline: Starts February 1 through March 1, 2020
Website (more information and registration): Not yet available
Questions: Contact David Higgs (, UW-Parkside's Faculty Coordinator

UW-Parkside Student Showcase:

This is our campus-specific one-day conference for all UW-Parkside students (undergraduate and graduates) involved in student-faculty collaborative scholarly work across all disciplines, departments, and majors.  In past years, it has included poster presentations, short talks, artistic presentations and musical performances.  It will be held at the UW-Parkside Student Center on Wednesday April 15, 2020 and tentatively will tentatively run from 12 (noon) through 5:00 pm. More information.

When: Wednesday April 15, 2020
Where: Ballroom, Oak and Walnut rooms, UW-Parkside Student Center
Registration deadline: Monday March 16, 2020
Online Registration Website: Not available yet
Questions: Contact David Higgs (, UW-Parkside's Faculty Coordinator

Funding opportunities for undergraduate students involved in URSCA, each semester:

Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program (URAP):

UW-Parkside's URAP program is designed to facilitate opportunities for undergraduate students to build closer professional connections with their instructors through their involvement in a collaborative research experience.  These competitive awards provide funds to the students during the semester as they work on their project.

URAP Website

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