Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate Research

If you are excited by the idea of participating in state-of-the-art research as part of your undergraduate experience, then you will want to explore the range of research opportunities that we offer.

Research in a Faculty Lab:

Students from high school through graduate school are an integral part of the operation of our faculty research labs. Engaging with faculty and other students in a research project is a challenging, absorbing, and powerful experience. The path from the classroom to the laboratory is unique for every individual, but most of the time if you are interested in performing research in a faculty lab then simply speaking with that faculty member will be the best way to get an idea about what route would be the best for you.

Undergraduate Research 499 Courses:

The Undergraduate Research (Physics 499) course is a way for students to perform research in a faculty research lab for credit. Enrollment requires consent of the faculty member. Some of the faculty do not require that a student enroll in 499 to be eligible to participate in research in his/her lab. On the other hand, some of the faculty research groups have created a special 499 Undergraduate Research course specifically to serve as a vehicle for students to get exposure to the research activities that are going on within that group and to learn technical skills that would be needed in the lab.

UMKC SEARCH Program:

The UMKC SEARCH program for Students Engaged in ARts and researCH is a competitive program whereby a student or group of students can apply for up to $1,250 to pursue an independent research activity under the mentorship of a faculty member. Applications are due early in the fall semester, the research is conducted throughout the academic year, and the results are presented in a campus-wide symposium of undergraduate research. The funds can be used to purchase research supplies, support travel to a conference where the results are to be presented, print posters, and support travel to sites were data will be taken or where a study will be conducted. Many students from the Department of Physics and Astronomy have used SEARCH to launch or sustain their undergraduate research activities.

UMKC SUROP Program:

The UMKC SUROP program for SUmmer Research OPportunities is a competitive program whereby a student or group of students can apply for up to $1,250 to pursue an independent research activity under the mentorship of a faculty member. Applications are due in the middle of the spring semester (usually early March), the research is conducted throughout the summer, and the results are presented in August at a symposium of SUROP recipients. The funds can be used to purchase research supplies, print posters, and support travel to sites were data will be taken or where a study will be conducted. Funds cannot be used to support travel to a conference. In addition to the research funds, SUROP students are also provided with a $2,500 stipend. Many students from the Department of Physics and astronomy have used SUROP to launch or sustain their undergraduate research activities.

UMKC EUReka Courses:

The UMKC EUReka program for Experiences in Undergraduate Research is a University of Missouri strategic initiative that is designed to support the integration of faculty research into introductory level (100, 200) courses. Taking classes with a EUReka attribute in Pathway will help you evaluate your interest in conducting independent research.