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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.

Aubree Thomas

Aubree Thomas wins Undergraduate Oral
Presentation for our College at USU Student Research Symposium 2016

- April 14, 2016

Aubree Thomas (mentored by Karen Flessner)
won the undergraduate oral presentation for our college in the USU Student Research Symposium. 
Osanna Rodgers
Osanna Rodgers wins Graduate Poster Session
for our College at USU Student Research Symposium 2016

April 14, 2016

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

Asset-Based Community Assessment
in Logan City’s Hillcrest Neighborhood

- January 29, 2015

First-year MSW students from our 2-year full-time MSW program in Logan are working with Dr. Jessica Lucero on an applied community development project with Logan City. As part of the University-Community Bridge initiative at USU, students in Dr. Luce
ro’s HBSE II: Groups, Organizations & Communities course are designing and implementing an Asset-Based Community Assessment in Logan City’s Hillcrest Neighborhood. The goal of this community-based research is to uncover the unique strengths and areas for neighborhood improvement according to the residents. This project will give the neighborhood residents of Hillcrest a greater voice in the neighborhood planning process, and offer Logan City Officials innovative data and recommendations to inform their continued planning and development efforts.