Message from the Director
It is my pleasure to welcome you to the undergraduate research program at Winthrop University and to the Undergraduate Research Office that works to promote undergraduate research across the university.
What is undergraduate research? We define undergraduate research as student research, scholarship, and/or creative activities in which the students and faculty mentors collaborate in the design and implementation of projects and the dissemination of results. Undergraduate research is now an important part of the Winthrop experience for many of our students.
While engaging in undergraduate research students develop one-on-one mentoring relationships with faculty members, clarify academic and career interests and goals, acquire additional knowledge in their academic fields that transcends classroom study, and enhance critical skills in communication, independent thinking, creativity, and problem solving. For these and other reasons undergraduate research has been described as one of the high-impact educational practices in higher education.
The Undergraduate Research Office identifies and coordinates student research opportunities on and off campus, allowing students to gain recognition for their scholarly and/or artistic endeavors. The office administers the travel funds provided to students by Winthrop University. We also produce the Book of Abstracts that documents the work of student scholarship, and we collaborate with the Honors Program and the Office on Nationally Competitive Awards to host the Undergraduate Scholars Celebration held at the end of each school year.
I invite you to explore our Web site to find out more information about undergraduate research and the opportunities Winthrop has to offer. Feel free to contact us by e-mail, phone, or Facebook if you have any questions.
Dwight Dimaculangan, Ph.D.
Director of Undergraduate Research