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.

  • URS (Undergraduate Research Symposium)

    Undergraduate Research Symposium

    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.

  • IURP (Independent Undergraduate Research Program)

    Independent Undergraduate Research Program

    Beginning Fall 2019, IURP replaced the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP). IURP encourages students to explore and undertake independent research and creative projects during the academic year by providing an academice alternative to federal work-study positions. 

    For more information, please visit our IURP Page.

  • RAINS Research Assistant Program

    RAINS Research Assistant Program 

    The Rains Research Program is intended to support faculty research by providing financial support for faculty to hire a student research assistant. In addition, the program allows students to develop research experiences and close collaborations with their faculty and other members of their research group.

    For more information, please visit our RAINS Page.

  • RLC (Research Learning Community)

    Research Learning Community

    The Research Learning Community introduces students to effective search strategies and research writing techniques through an eight-week learning community.

    For more information, please visit our RLC Page

  • SURP (Summer Undergraduate Research Program)

    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 and provides students an academic alternative to nonacademic summer employment. 

    For more information, please visit the SURP page.