Valparaiso University Joins Multi-School Undergraduate Research Initiative

Valparaiso University Joins Multi-School Undergraduate Research Initiative

The Valparaiso University College of Engineering, along with George Washington University, George Fox University, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, Olin College of Engineering, University of Washington-Tacoma, The University of Carolina-Chapel Hill and Campbell University, has created an exciting new initiative encouraging undergraduate research participation titled Research 4 All.

The first aim of the project, URCurious, integrates research opportunities into the core curriculum of engineering majors. The second aim, URSkilled, allows students to earn certification “badges” in the various skills and interests an undergraduate research project might require.

Valparaiso University is taking charge of the third aim of the project — titled URConnected — which will develop an online application using the badge system to connect qualified students with professors in charge of relevant research projects. It will also be a space for students to freely browse research opportunities and find projects they can be excited about.

Research 4 All will lower barriers between students and research participation while encouraging them to see research projects as entrepreneurial opportunities to gain firsthand experience and make a difference in the world. The initiative is planned to be developed over a three-year period, by the end of which all involved institutions will implement the tools and techniques developed by the three overall aims.

“These goals represent the core values of Valpo,” said Doug Tougaw ’05 MBA, Ph.D., P.E., dean of the College of Engineering. “We want to make the connections necessary to help our students succeed, and we want to make sure our students are well prepared to succeed on day one.”

Research 4 All has received $2 million in support from the Kern Family Foundation, the founders of the Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network (KEEN), a partnership of over 50 colleges from across the United States focused on fostering an entrepreneurial mindset in undergraduate engineering students.

Learn more about Research 4 All and how it will impact future engineering leaders at institutions across the country here