Undergraduate ResearchUndergraduate research experiences are both entrepreneurial and transformational. Students gain understanding of published works, apply new knowledge to world challenges, and learn collaboration skills that jumpstart their professional careers in the sciences, humanities, and design. For some, these experiences ignite a lifelong passion for research, which can lead to graduate school and professions in higher education. Student-centered undergraduate research is an essential component in Ball State’s goal of becoming a model 21st century public research university.

Examples of high-impact, undergraduate research projects can be found across Ball State’s campus:

  • Each year, biology students engage in research opportunities across the region and internationally. Learn more.
  • The Chemistry Research Immersion Summer Program (CRISP) connects students to an active research community and financial assistance to conduct research and present their findings. Learn more.
  • Psychology students interested in pursuing a master’s degree can participate in assistantships that will prepare them for their application to graduate school. Learn more.
  • Students in the honors curriculum complete a senior thesis as a part of their final requirement, and these projects often include a research component. Learn more.
  • Faculty mentors in geological sciences facilitate student research on cutting-edge topics in the geosciences. Learn more.
  • Academic advisors in criminal justice and criminology help students identify projects that address real-world problems. Past projects include work exploring juvenile justice, victim-centered perspectives, and police brutality. Learn more.

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Each semester, new opportunities are announced. To learn more about undergraduate projects in your discipline, contact your home department. For interdisciplinary opportunities and upcoming programs, contact Suzanne Plesha in the Office of Entrepreneurial Learning.