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Undergraduate Research

The university’s undergraduate research program is the second oldest program in the country, following only behind MIT. Since 1975 the USU Undergraduate Research Program has enabled students to partner with faculty on path-breaking investigations that advances their field and address real-world problems. The program supports students involved with lab work, field study, archival investigation, and creative production. Many students hold research positions and often receive travel stipends to present their findings at professional conferences.

However, engaging in research is not simply the pursuit of new knowledge—it provides students the opportunity to connect one-on-one with faculty members and develop intellectual independence early on in their academic careers. Performing undergraduate research also helps students build a strong resume and marketable skillset for their professional careers.

Contact Dr. Terry Peak ( to learn of opportunities that may exist for Social Work students.

Madison Elliott

Madison Elliott

Madison Elliott on Capital Hill presenting her poster, "The Influence of Neighborhood Cohesion on Homelessness in Cache Valley."

Aubree Thomas


Aubree Thomas (mentored by Karen Flessner)
won the undergraduate oral presentation in the USU Student Research Symposium. 

Osanna Rodgers


Osanna Rodgers (mentored by Jessica Lucero) won the graduate poster session in the USU Student Research Symposium.