Center for Undergraduate Research

Getting started

If you are considering conducting undergraduate research, the first step is to think of topics that interest you. Once you have narrowed your options, begin exploring the research, scholarship, and creative activities that already exist on that topic so that you can consider what contribution or updates you can make.

Next, begin to look for a faculty supervisor who can mentor you through the process. Use the Center for Undergraduate Research as a resource in your research endeavors.

Research Ethics

For research, scholarship, and creative activities to be useful and serve as the foundation on which additional efforts can be based, each researcher should understand and adhere to generally accepted practices within their field.

While each discipline has a slightly different set of accepted practices, there are a number of common issues related to generation, storage and use of data, and publication and presentation of findings and interpretations. As an undergraduate researcher, you will have the opportunity to learn and practice responsible research.  An excellent overview of research ethics is provided in an article titled, "What is Ethics in Research and Why Is It Important?" by David D. Resnick J.D., Ph. D.

If you plan to use human subjects:

You will need to seek approval from the Cal U Institutional Review Board (IRB) for any projects or activities that involve human subjects.

If you plan to use animal subjects:

You will need to seek approval from the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) for any projects or activities that involve animal subjects.

Why use SPSS?

  • Manage, analyze, manipulate and display data.
  • Quickly and accurately perform an enormous number of statistical functions.
  • Present results in a range of formats including graphically.
  • Reduce errors and devote more time to interpreting results.

Your faculty mentor is the best source of information as to whether your discipline typically uses SPSS.

APA Workshops

Aug 10, 2020 at 10 a.m.

Azi Block (Social Work/CUR) and Dana Keener (Psychology):

When: Aug 10, 2020 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://calu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwlfu2srDMrHtyUmmNVxqo1WeD_0WYW8Okx

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Aug. 10, 2020 at 1 p.m.

Azi Block (Social Work/CUR) and Holiday Adair (Psychology)

 

When: Aug 10, 2020 01:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) 

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://calu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYpdOCtrTwpHtBpc2nmi71KdRSM3x5DOEpr

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Aug. 12, 2020 at 2 p.m.

 

Azi Block (Social Work/CUR) and Ryan Sittler (Library Services)

When: Aug 12, 2020 02:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://calu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMvduGhrzwrG9cURbDYSHflafwPdTTHdcGS

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Aug. 12, 2020 at 6:30 p.m.

 

Azi Block (Social Work/CUR) and Robin Weaver (Nursing)

When: Aug 12, 2020 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://calu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMvceqgrjIqHNFOVPt952QQi_jlBs_EwsS7

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Aug. 13, 2020 at noon

 

Azi Block (Social Work/CUR) and Loring Prest (Library Services)

When: Aug 13, 2020 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://calu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJModeqpqTooGtTH1FQjnnazQJXBeefaFUGC

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Aug. 14, 2020 at 11:30 a.m.

 

Azi Block (Social Work/CUR) and Bill Denny (Library Services)

When: Aug 14, 2020 11:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://calu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0qc-uvrDooE91iVuA434ERfyG_D14XjMHr

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Undergraduate research in boat.

Grants and Funding

 

The Center for Undergraduate Research supports various aspects of student efforts in undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activities.

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Frequenty Asked Questions

 

Have questions about conducting undergraduate research at Cal U? Stat here.

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Contact Us

For questions about the Center for Undergraduate Research, contact us at CUR@calu.edu.

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