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Spring Undergraduate Research & Creative Achievements Forum

VAD Showcase 2019

2019 Visual Art & Design Showcase

The 2019 Undergraduate Visual Art & Design Showcase is now accepting submissions!…

Alec Wilken and Neal Woodman

A Smithsonian Experience

Biological sciences major Alec Wilken’s research at Mizzou focuses on lizard skulls. Last summer, Wilken took the knowledge he gained through his studies at MU to Washington, D.C., and into the labs of the Smithsonian—the world’s largest museum and research complex—to study the postcranial anatomy of mammals.


2018 Summer Forum - July 26th!

The MU Office of Undergraduate Research is hosting the 2018 Summer Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievements Forum. The poster session is open to the public from 3:00 to 4:30pm (Thursday, July 26th) on Floors 2-5 of the Bond Life Sciences…

Mathew Sexton

Immune Study

Mathew Sexton is majoring in health sciences on the pre-med track and is minoring in psychology. This summer, he is working with Adam Schrum, associate professor of molecular microbiology and immunology, surgery and bioengineering.

caroline dunn

Weird Fascination

Caroline Dunn grew up wanting to be a novelist. Then high school biology class happened. She learned how scientists cloned a human gene and spliced it into a bacterium, which then produced human insulin for diabetics. “Biology is weird!” she thought. She had to know more.


Taking Her Research to Capitol Hill

More than 400 students applied for the 2018 Posters on the Hill, sponsored by the Council on Undergraduate Research, with only 60 selected to participate, including MU junior Sarah Gebken.

Psychology Capstone Chicago

Honored Research

Thirty-eight MU students in the Psychology Honors Research Capstone attended the Midwestern Psychological Association meetings in Chicago, culminating a year-long capstone in which students conduct a study with individual faculty mentors.


Photo Opportunity

Robin Haithcoat’s artistic journey began with her taking what she considers “pretty pictures”—photos that are fun for people to look at and generally deemed acceptable by viewers and critics. That changed last year after experimenting with the subjects of her work.


Micro Manager

Tommi White, had two big decisions figured out by a very young age: she wanted to pursue scientific research, and she wanted to do it at the University of Missouri. White achieved those goals and is now the director of MU’s Electron Microscopy Core.


Every Picture Tells a Story

Senior Cassidy Minarik knows the struggle of finding a platform to display her art. So, when she found out about the Undergraduate Visual Art and Design Showcase, she saw it as a great opportunity to show off her creative works.

Pierce Bloebaum

Targeting Cancer

Senior Pierce Bloebaum will take his research to Washington, D.C., this month after being accepted to participate in the Research Experiences for Undergraduates Symposium.

Alex McClelland

Planting a Seed

Senior biological sciences major Alex McClelland sees a lot more than green leaves when looking at a plant; he sees a living, complex organism with habits and functions similar to those of a human being.

2017-18 UGR Workshop Series

Our Undergraduate Research Workshop Series is back for another year! Workshops are held monthly on Mondays from 4-5 pm in 171 Bond Life Sciences Center. Check out the schedule below:…


Visualizing Abolition

Visualizing Abolition maps the suppression of the African slave trade by following the correspondence exchanged between the British Foreign Office, British commissioners, minister, and naval officers, and representatives of foreign governments around the world in the 19th Century.

Brendan Marsh-Twain Fellow

Elite Company

2017 Mark Twain Fellow Brendan Marsh will study at the University of Cambridge in England next fall.

MU Fellowships


Inspiring the Next Generation of Scientists

Last spring, a group of MU undergraduate researchers started an after-school science program to engage local middle school students in science.

Edward Henuber

Detailed Art

For senior art major Edward Henuber, history is interesting and inspirational. History influences his ideas and the process he uses to create his artwork.

Undergraduate Studies


Researchers Find Neurological Link Between Religious Experiences and Epilepsy

n a recent study, researchers from the University of Missouri found a neurological relationship exists between religiosity— a disposition for spiritual experience and religious activity—and epilepsy.

From MU News Bureau

Kara Schulte

Education Advocate

Senior Kara Schulte will share her research with members of Congress at Posters on the Hill in Washington, D.C.


Center Stage

Loren Howard Senior Loren Howard has found a way to use her interest in theatre as a way to educate and empower students with special needs and learning disabilities. Howard, a special education and theater performance major, has always been interested…


Sociology Professor Wayne Brekhus Talks Research and Working with Undergraduates

Sociological research is often different than typical scientific research. It is more centered around interviews and people instead of being centered around a lab environment. Dr. Wayne Brekhus explains how his students conduct their research and how he guides them. …

Outstanding Poster Awardees Elizabeth Okafor, Dominic Romero, Erica Braham ans T'Keaya Gaines.

Award-Winning Researchers

Four students from MU’s Initiative for Maximizing Student Diversity (IMSD) program were honored at the 2016 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students


New Assistant Director Lands ‘Dream Job’

Through conducting research, Jennifer Sanders found her calling: helping and working with people. She hopes to help students discover their passions, too as the new assistant director of MU’s Office of Undergraduate Research. Jennifer Sanders took over as assistant director…


Researching limb regeneration

The human body is capable of closing wounds and healing broken bones, but it cannot regrow lost arms and legs. At least, not yet. Jessica Whited, BS BA ’98, hopes to change that by studying salamanders.

NSF GRFP Funding Available for Graduate Students

The NSF GRFP is providing funding for 3 years of graduate school for students in the qualifying fields.

Julia Brose

Biochemistry major spends summer at Stanford researching plant defense compounds

Spending the summer on the coast of northern California is something many dream of doing to relax and unwind. For Julia Brose, it was a summer of hard work. Brose is a junior from Wildwood, MO, studying biochemistry. “I really…

The Undergraduate Research Workshop Series is back!

Check out the schedule here…

2016 Summer Undergraduate Research & Creative Achievements Forum

The Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievements Summer Forum took place from 1:30-3:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 28, 2016 in McQuinn Atrium of the Bond Life Sciences Center. The Forum showcased the work of 125 undergraduates who had been engaged…

Student in a lab

Jump Right In

Programs such as Discovery Fellows, the Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) Exposure to Research for Science Students (EXPRESS) and the Freshman Research in Plant Sciences (FRIPS) encourage first- and second-year students to get involved in research early.

Alex Clarke and Julia Brose

Two Students Earn American Society of Plant Biologists Fellowship

A lot of Mizzou students spend their study time staring at computer screens and books. Julia Brose and Alex Clarke have opted to stare at plants, and it’s a decision that’s earned them noteworthy fellowships this summer.

Abby Isabelle

Aspiring Speech-Language Pathologist Hopes to Improve Quality of Life for People with ALS

Abby Isabelle is a senior Communication Science and Disorders major originally from Lufkin, Texas. After working in agriculture and wildlife for a few years, she chose to come back to school and pursue a new career path.

Chris Pires in front of potted plants

A Playbook for Success

After 11 years of teaching, Chris Pires says his most rewarding experience has been mentoring dozens of undergraduate students.

Forum to Feature Record Number of Presenters

On Tuesday, April 26, a record 360 students will present their research and creative works at the annual Spring Forum.

Lindsey Mirielli

MU Senior Travels to Washington, D.C. to Present Research on Cyberbullying of Students with Disabilities

Lindsey Mirielli is passionate about advocating for students, but she never anticipated doing so in front of legislators in Washington D.C.

Marcos Barcellona

NSF Fellowships Awarded to Mizzou Students, Alumni

Senior Marcos Barcellona has been conducting research at Mizzou to study the development of a drug delivery system that is responsive to a range of external stimuli, which means the user could control the rate of release of the drug.

From the Fellowships Office

Romanus Hutchins in a lab

Speaking of Research

As a physics major, Romanus Hutchins knows it can be challenging to fascinate people with formulas and engage them with equations.

Two students in the Architectural Studies iLab, looking at a drawing on a projector

Undergraduates Have Big Opportunities in Architectural Studies’ iLab

On the second floor of Stanley Hall is the home of some of the most hands-on learning that takes place on campus. It’s the Architectural Studies Department’s iLab, which is equipped with everything from an immersive large-screen 3D projection system to a driving simulator.

Elizabeth Prenger

From Lab Assistant to Golden Opportunity Scholar

Senior Elizabeth Prenger grew up on a farm in the small town of St. Thomas, Missouri. She chose to leave home and come to Mizzou because of its diversity of programs, as she was not quite sure what she wanted to do.

Dallas Pineda, Edward Duqum, Katie Wilsdon and Nathan Coffey in a science lab

Mizzou and the NIH

Mizzou students continue to discover opportunities with the nation's medical research agency.

Berkley Hudson looking at newspapers on film strips with a student

Providing Real-World Experiences

Berkley Hudson, a professor in the School of Journalism, recognizes some faculty would rather have a graduate or doctoral student assist with research projects. Hudson understands that, but has found undergraduates can also provide valuable assistance.

Kayla Henderson

A Passion for Mentoring

For senior Kayla Henderson, receiving a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship not only gives her an opportunity to pursue her PhD in Biomedical Engineering, but also allows her to continue another of her passions: mentoring women interested in science fields.

Undergraduates Display Art Projects at the Undergraduate Juried Exhibition

MU’s undergraduate artists got the chance to showcase their works this February at the annual Undergraduate Juried Exhibition, a showcase of student art projects that ranged from earthenware ceramics to fabric sculptures.

Active Minds Emerging Scholars Fellowship

The Active Minds Emerging Scholars Fellowship is currently seeking proposals for unique and thought-provoking research or creative projects related to mental health!

UGR Staffers Share Knowledge in Florida

Last month, Undergraduate Research Director Linda Blockus and Assistant Director Mike Cohen traveled to the University of Central Florida as invited guests of the Florida Statewide Symposium on Undergraduate Research and they did not go alone. More than 30 Mr. Potato Head figures accompanied the team, though the toys had to ride in the luggage bay.