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Dr. Jane Greer, Director
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Undergraduate Research Advisory Board

Important Dates and Deadlines:

March 1, 2021 at 5:00 pm
Deadline for Undergraduate Research Fellow Transcript Designation Applications


March 5, 2021 at 5:00 pm
Deadline for SUROP Grant Applications


April 12, 2021 at 8:00 am
Deadline for Undergraduate Research Symposium Registrations


April 12–16, 2021
Virtual Undergraduate Research Week at the State Capitol


April 22-23, 2021
Symposium of Undergraduate Research and Creative Scholarship


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  • Since 2000, UMKC has been offering undergraduate students financial support to pursue projects under the mentorship of faculty mentors through the SEARCH program (Students Engaged in Arts & Research).
  • As part of UMKC’s strategic planning process in 2010, a task force of 17 faculty from across the university was charged to
    review the impact of the existing SEARCH experience on students and faculty, conduct a review of other models of undergraduate research programs and recommend a new model or models that can serve significantly more students with the goal of positively impacting student engagement and success. (Undergraduate Research Taskforce)
  • In May 2012, the task force filed a 160-page report, including data on undergraduate research programs at colleges/universities recognized for their leadership in this area; at benchmark and aspirational peer institutions; and at regional competitors. The task force recommended additional investment in the SEARCH program; allowing students to use federal work-study dollars to work as research associates with faculty mentors; and to integrate undergraduate research experiences into the curriculum. Undergraduate Research Task Force 2010-2012
  • In 2014, UMKC was awarded strategic investment funding from the UM-system to build a more robust undergraduate research program and was charged with ensuring that the undergraduate research program supports the university’s recruitment and retention goals and that it targeted students from under-represented groups and first-generation college students. This strategic investment funding has allowed UMKC to develop its current programs for undergraduate researchers and creative scholars.