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Undergraduate Research

WCU's Brinson Honors College has a long tradition of participating in Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry. As part of the Brinson Honors College Touchstone Path, Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry offers Honors students the opportunity to go above and beyond in their academic career track.  

Western Carolina University has established itself as a national leader in undergraduate research has ranked in the Top 10 for the number of projects accepted to the National Conference on Undergraduate Research annually since 2006.

As undergraduates, students work closely with research and creative teams that are led by our faculty. These faculty are experts in their field and guide students through the research and creative inquiry process. 

Students doing undergraduate research


Research Programs

Western Carolina is proud to offer full-time undergraduate students the opportunity to engage in formal undergraduate research programs on campus.

Take a moment to explore the program offerings that might be a good fit for you.

Student presenting research at RASC


Undergraduate Research Conferences

An important part of conducting undergraduate research and creative inquiry is sharing your accomplishments with the broader discipline and academic community. At Western Carolina, our undergraduate research students routinely take advantage of opportunities to disseminate.
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Students in an art class doing research



Western Carolina has a long tradition of supporting undergraduate student's creative and research-based projects. Funding opportunities are available for students interested in conducting research or creative inquiry and traveling to disseminate research.

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Alma Rodriquez - NCUR Student


Community Engagement Mini-Grants

The Brinson Honors College Student Board of Directors is offering this mini-grant program to support Honors College student involvement in community engagement and service learning.

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