Penn State Brandywine is strongly committed to promoting opportunities for students to work with faculty engaged in research and scholarly activities. We are interested in engaging students not only in the laboratory sciences but also in scholarship and creative activity in all disciplines. Any student in any discipline may engage in research. To this end, the campus faculty established an annual "Exposition of Undergraduate Research and Creative Accomplishment" (EURECA) in 2003 at which students present research and creative work that they have conducted under the supervision of a campus faculty member. The event takes place during the evening of the Thursday of the fourteenth week of the spring semester.
Involvement in EURECA has increased each year, with over one hundred students participating in 2005. Presentations range from individual to group presentations, with several involving an entire class. Many students, especially in the sciences, present posters, but there are also computer presentations, videos, lesson units by education majors as well as other formats. Students prepare an abstract of their work, which is included in the program for the event. There is no judging of the presentations or prizes awarded. We see EURECA as an opportunity for students to experience presenting their work in a public format as is done at professional meetings as opposed to a "science fair" atmosphere. We are pleased with the increase in participation by students and faculty.
Students are strongly encouraged to disseminate their research through professional conferences and in peer-reviewed journals.
View a listing of local-to-national conferences where undergraduates have been presenters and co-presenters with faculty mentors.
View a listing of published manuscripts with students as lead and co-authors.
The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) supports and promotes high-quality undergraduate student-faculty collaborative research and scholarship. It seeks to provide undergraduate research opportunities for faculty and students. CUR believes that faculty members enhance their teaching and contribution to society by remaining active in research and by involving undergraduates in research. CUR works with agencies and foundations to enhance research opportunities for faculty and students. CUR also provides support for faculty development. Their publications and outreach activities are designed to share successful models and strategies for establishing and institutionalizing undergraduate research programs.
- Undergraduate Research