What is Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Achievement?
The Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Achievement (URSA) initiative at Baylor is a campus wide initiative that serves faculty and students from all disciplines. Housed in the Office of Engaged Learning, the goal of URSA is to support, promote, and enhance high-quality undergraduate research and scholarship through research grants and Scholars Week. Learning to write research proposals and presenting your research in a professional setting will enhance your education!
How will the World of Research Enable you to Enrich your Undergraduate Experience?
- You will engage in critical thinking that connects theories proposed in classes to experience beyond the world of books and lectures.
- Your problem solving skills, creativity and sense of discovery will be engaged in exciting new ways.
- You will learn more about accountability, academic honesty, and self-discipline through research.
- Through laboratory and field experiences, you will become able to utilize instrumentation, follow instructions, design experiments, construct and test hypotheses.
- Long-term participation in research teaches students to plan, to process and analyze data, to seek out primary sources, to synthesize and articulate their ideas, to network with their colleagues, to write and present at a professional level; and to assess outcomes.
Through enriched research experiences, undergraduates collaborate not just with their peers but with faculty and graduate students.
Most importantly, in many cases such experiences allow you to develop a way of life that integrates your course work with your career and life aspirations.