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, the annual Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE), and 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, an astronomer, or a historian.
  • Work in your chosen field now to see if that 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.

Events Calendar
October 14, 2019 Final day to submit abstracts for the Valpo Fall Interdisciplinary Research Symposium (FIReS)
October 25, 2019 Valpo Fall Interdisciplinary Research Symposium (FIReS) ~ Center for the Sciences, 3:00pm-4:30pm
February 14, 2020 5:00 PM Registration Deadline for Annual Butler University Undergraduate Research Conference
March 27, 2020 EXTENDED: Deadline to submit abstracts for the Valpo Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE)
March 26-28, 2020 National Conference on Undergraduate Research
Montana State University
Bozeman, MT [CANCELLED]
April 17, 2020 Annual Butler University Undergraduate Research Conference (Indianapolis, IN) [CANCELLED]
April 20-24, 2020 National Undergraduate Research Week
May 14, 2020 Valpo Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression (Online!)
July 24, 2020 Valpo Summer Interdisciplinary Research Symposium (on Zoom!)