Undergraduate Research & Funding
Undergraduate Research takes many forms and can look different from discipline to discipline. For example, in the arts, it might mean engaging in the creative process to produce new works that reflect and comment on the human condition, like making a film.
In the physical sciences it might mean working in a laboratory. In the social sciences it might mean conducting observational or survey work. In the humanities it might mean critically reading a body of work and synthesizing it in a new way - offering a new understanding on a theme or topic, or perhaps uncovering the relevance of previously under-appreciated archival materials.
In the professions, it might mean designing innovative products, collecting and analyzing physiological data aimed at improving health, or carrying out research to inform public policy.
ALL of these activities are forms of undergraduate research. Though they look different, what they all have in common is the spirit of discovery, innovation, and creativity - the production of one’s own original scholarship.
Keene State College is a member of the Council for Undergraduate Research (CUR), a national organization that supports and furthers the cause of undergraduate learning through research in all disciplines. Please visit the Mason Library to view copies of CUR Quarterly, the official publication of this organization.
Faculty-student research teams publishing research or scholarly work throughout the year should consider submitting a synopsis to CUR for inclusion in their Undergraduate Research Highlights feature of the publication. In addition to our membership in CUR, Keene State College demonstrates its commitment to undergraduate research in a variety of ways. Please take some time to explore the information on this page.
To understand the uniqueness of your original research, you first need to know its place in your subject area. To do this, the librarians at Mason Library are available to consult with you one-on-one, so you can mine all of the data available from the rich array of resources physically and virtually available through the library. The library subscribes to approximately one hundred databases. Having the help of an expert information specialist can streamline your research efforts.
If you want to work with primary source materials, Mason Library also has several collections that might be of interest. From original manuscripts to images of indigenous peoples, the archives contain a treasure trove awaiting discovery. The library’s archivist can help you uncover our holdings which you can turn into your original research.
OSPR administers the Undergraduate Research and Creative Grants program, which provides limited funding for student-led research projects and creative endeavors under the mentorship of a faculty member. Students receiving funding present the results of their work at the annual KSC Academic Excellence Conference in the spring.
The OSPR offers a limited number of summer undergraduate research fellowships on a competitive basis. These fellowships allow talented students to spend a portion of their summer conducting research or carrying out a creative project that makes an original contribution to their chosen discipline, extending learning beyond the academic year.
External funding opportunities also exist to support student travel and research. Check out the External Funding Opportunities tab below for additional resources.
The Student Conference Fund provides funding to support students wishing to attend and/or present their scholarly/creative work at a professional conference. This Fund is not administered by OSPR. Please visit the link provided for application procedures. More about Internal Funding Opportunities for Students
A variety of external funding opportunities exist for talented students interested in pursuing research during their undergraduate careers and beyond. Listed below are a are a number of opportunities offered on a regular basis. Additional opportunities can also be found through the following searchable databases (UROP or webGuru) Please discuss the possibilities with your faculty mentor and/or OSPR. More about External Funding Opportunities for Students
Each spring Keene State College holds its own annual AcademicExcellence Conference which showcases student work and gives students the opportunity to experience the professional practice of preparing and submitting a proposal, and presenting their work in a public forum. The conference is typically attended by students, faculty, staff, family members, community members, legislators, and the USNH Board of Trustees. Those interested in presenting at the conference should work closely with their faculty mentor to develop the project and conference proposal.
offers an opportunity for undergraduates around the country to convene and share their scholarly work. Please visit the website for additional details, and discuss the possibility of submitting a proposal with your faculty mentor.
Sociology students from throughout New England gather together each spring to present their research at the New England Undergraduate Sociology Research Conference. The conference provides a supportive atmosphere for student to present their first professional papers. For more information, contact conference organizer Professor Gregg Lee Carter.
Interested in funding opportunities that support travel to conferences or fieldwork? That support undergraduate research or fellowships? That support graduate fellowships? Check out the Internal Funding Opportunities and External Funding Opportunities tabs for information on a variety of resources.
The Program for Undergraduate Research Experiences (PURE) at Keene State is an innovative attempt to get more first- and second-year students involved in research on campus. Involvement in mentored research is proven to have positive effects on learning, social connection in college, and job and graduate school prospects post-college. More about Program for Undergraduate Research Experiences (PURE)
online Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC) undergraduate research journal
- Part of COPLAC’s effort to highlight some of the best recent work in undergraduate research
- Each semester, faculty committees at COPLAC member campuses select two outstanding projects for inclusion in Metamorphosis
- Interested KSC students must contact Dr. Nick Germana for more information about submitting publication proposals
The International Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities is a peer-reviewed, open access journal dedicated to the publication of outstanding scholarship by undergraduates and their mentors. The Journal accepts submissions of research articles, fiction, poetry, photography, videos, and other creative works from undergraduate students in all academic disciplines. Interested KSC students should contact Dr. Nick Germana for more information about submitting publication proposals.
- journal supported by Fairfield University
Fairfield University encourages all undergraduates who have articles that reflect global citizenship or social responsibility to submit their work to be published through their Undergraduate Journal of Global Citizenship. Deadline for submission to the 4th issue is May 31, 2013. Contact Nick Germana for more information.
Journal supported by Pennsylvania State University.
Invites undergraduates to pursue their own intellectual projects and contribute to existing knowledge in service learning, community-based research, and all related curriculum- and/or research-based public/community engagement activities. This journal publishes work in 6 categories:
- Reflective Essays
- Analytical Essays
- Research done for a community organization, accompanied by a reflective analysis
- Research articles about service-learning, community-based research, or other related topics
- Open Category
- Comments & Responses
Contact Becca Berkey for more information about submitting.
Contact the Office of Sponsored Projects and Research
Please visit our staff page for a directory of contacts for various sponsored projects and research functions.