Student Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity

Biology ResearchAs a student in the College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences you will have a wealth of opportunities as an undergraduate to become involved in cutting edge research in the natural sciences. At larger universities, conducting research is usually reserved for graduate students. College majors in the arts and humanities work closely with faculty in creative endeavors in the arts and undertake scholarly work in fields such as communications, languages and philosophy.

Art students work closely with faculty members who have national and international reputations. Student creative works range from bookmaking to ceramics to digital animation to performance art and much, much more. Art majors also have opportunities for client-based projects, such as publications, logos and websites, and for art- and design-related internships. Music majors can participate in more than 20 student ensembles, from marching bands to choirs. Theatre students mount major productions each year, and the student-run theatre company produces a number of smaller shows annually.

Students majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders gain important experience from working in the Roy Eblen Speech & Hearing Clinic.  The clinic's service model revolves around providing assessment and therapeutic services by students under the supervision of faculty and staff in the department. The nationally ranked speech and debate team, the PRide Agency, a student-run public relations firm, KULT student radio station and UNI-TV, real-world learning environments for students, provide important avenues for communication studies majors. Languages and Literatures majors can do professional writing in real-client project assignments and creative writing in nurturing workshop environments. Philosophy and World Religions provide their majors with the necessary skills, knowledge and adaptability to contribute to a rapidly changing global society.

Students majoring in the natural sciences and technology–biology, chemistry and biochemistry, computer science, earth science, industrial technology and physics–work closely with faculty on undergraduate and graduate research projects.  

The American Journal of Undergraduate Research, headquartered at UNI, is a refereed journal for undergraduate research in the pure and applied sciences, mathematics, engineering, technology and related areas in education. 

Research Funding

SOAR (Student Opportunities for Academic Research) awards support undergraduate student research activities for students in mathematics, sciences and technologies. GRASP (Graduate Research Awards for Student Projects) awards support research activities for graduate students in these fields.