What is Research or a Creative Endeavor?

“A mentored investigation or creative inquiry conducted by undergraduates that seeks to make a scholarly or artistic contribution to knowledge.” (Council on Undergraduate Research)
A student undertakes research or a creative endeavor under the direct guidance of faculty or professional staff mentors who delight in sharing their knowledge and expertise with their students and training the next generation of professionals in their disciplines.

Benefits of engaging in research or a creative endeavor?

Benefits of engaging in research or a creative endeavor

  • Encourages critical thinking.
  • Stimulates curiosity and creativity.
  • Builds network with professionals.
  • Fosters a sense of belonging.
  • Promotes deep and meaningful interactions with peers and faculty.
What roles mentors play?

Roles mentors play

  • Serve as coaches and cheerleaders.
  • Share academic and career advice.
  • Provide letters of recommendation for scholarships, internships, job applications and graduate school.
How students engage in research or a creative endeavor?

Ways students engage in research or a creative endeavor

  • Exploring texts, artifacts, and archives
  • Working in a research lab or a studio
  • Searching databases
  • Creative inquiry in the community
  • Performing field work 
  • Conducting surveys or/and interviews
  • Creative playwriting or performing (vocally or acting)
  • and much more…

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Have questions? Contact Us

Office of the Vice Provost for Research

Ball State University
West Quad (WQ) 100C
2000 W University Avenue
Muncie, IN 47306