The Office of Undergraduate Research & Creative Experience (OUR)

Research and creative work is integral to the development of the student, both as a scholar and as an individual. At LMU, such work is encouraged the moment students are accepted to the university. There are a many opportunities available to all students, freshmen to seniors, to lead or take part in a variety of projects, from scientific research to artistic endeavors, with other students or alongside distinguished faculty in that field.

The pulse of undergraduate research flows through the Office of Undergraduate Research & Creative Experience, which offers support and opportunities for students in any major to engage in a research project. Students may participate in the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) or the Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) and they can present their research at a discipline-based conference, the Undergraduate Research Symposium, as well as co-author publications. In 2016 - 2017, 556 students participated in one or more of these faculty mentored programs.

  • Symposium (URS)

    Undergraduate Research Symposium (URS)

    The annual Undergraduate Research Symposium (URS) is a chance for undergraduate students to present what they have learned through their research experiences to a larger audience. The Undergraduate Research Symposium provides an excellent opportunity for all members of the LMU community to actively engage with students who have been immersed in thought-provoking questions and challenging global issues. The symposium includes an arts showcase, poster sessions, and presentation sessions by students from all academic disciplines.

    For more information, please visit the Symposium page.

  • UROP

    Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)

    The Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) enhances undergraduate education by giving students the chance to work on cutting edge research, explore innovative topics, or pursue their own ideas, all under the guidance of a distinguished faculty mentor. UROP provides financial support for students who wish to engage in faculty-mentored research during the Fall and Spring semester of the academic year. Financial support includes funds for research stipends, supplies and travel. Over the years, we have funded a broad range of research projects in all disciplines. "Research" is broadly defined and includes disciplines in the arts, grounded in a study of history, theory, or practice.

    For more information, please visit our UROP Page.

  • SURP

    Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP)

    The Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) enhances undergraduate education by providing financial support for students wishing to engage in faculty-guided research opportunities and creative activity during the summer. SURP is a program designed to provide students with insight into the research process. Further, it provides students an academic alternative to nonacademic summer employment. Like the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP), students are involved in an intellectual community of learners in which leadership, critical inquiry, and communication (written and oral) skills are enhanced. Students write a proposal based on the formulation of research questions, conduct the research, analyze data, and publicly communicate the results to the academic community through a presentation at the Undergraduate Research Symposium, a publication, or other professional opportunities. “Research” is broadly defined and may include arts disciplines grounded in a study of history, theory, or practice.

    For more information, please visit the SURP page.