Undergraduate Research - Getting Started
Events Calendar

Welcome to undergraduate research at Valpo!

Not so long ago, only graduate students got the chance to do real research in their field.  But all that has changed.  Valparaiso University now provides undergraduates with the opportunity to explore questions that excite them, whether that means delving into the thought of Walt Whitman, observing a star in a distant galaxy, or putting on waders to explore plant-life in the streams of the nearby Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

Valpo also provides opportunities for students to share their excitement about their research with others through colloquia, through the annual Celebration of Undergraduate Scholarship, and through travel to student conferences all over the country.

So why should YOU get involved with research?  It will give you the opportunity to:

  • Apply your classroom learning to real life situations.
  • Not just study biology, but be a biologist or an astronomer or a historian.
  • Work in your chosen field now to see if this is what you really want to do with your life.
  • Contribute new information, propose new questions, or be on the cutting-edge of new discoveries in your field.
  • Get hands-on experience that will help prepare you for your future.
  • Work closely with a faculty mentor who could recommend you to graduate or professional schools.

This website is designed to help you learn about all the exciting ways you can get started on doing research at Valpo.  

Sept. 2, 2013 Submissions Open, 2014 Posters on the Hill
Sept. 30, 2013 Submissions Open, 28th National Conference on Undergraduate Research
Nov. 1, 2013 Deadline for Applications to Posters on the Hill
Dec. 6, 2013 Application and abstract deadline, National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR)
Dec. 12, 2013 Abstract submission system opens, Butler Undergraduate Research Conference
Jan. 15, 2014 Online registration opens, National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR)
Feb. 12, 2014 Deadline to submit abstract for Butler Undergraduate Research Conference
Feb. 14, 2014 Deadline for  Early Conference Registration, National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR)
March 14, 2014 Deadline for Conference Registration, National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR)
March 19, 2014 Deadline to submit abstract for VU Celebration of Undergraduate Scholarship (CUS)
April 3-5, 2014 28th National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR), University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
April 11, 2014 26th Annual Butler University Undergraduate Research Conference (Indianapolis, IN)
April 14-18, 2014 National Undergraduate Research Week
April 28-29, 2014 18th Annual CUR Posters on the Hill (POH) Event
May 3, 2014 Valpo Celebration of Undergraduate Scholarship (Harre Union Ballrooms)

July 2014

Valpo Summer Celebration of Undergraduate Scholarship