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Dr. Jane Greer
106 Cockefair Hall
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Undergraduate Research Advisory Board
Undergraduate Research is a division of Academic Affairs

Important Dates and Deadlines:

Thursday, August 30, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
1st Floor Lobby of Miller Nichols Learning Center
5th Annual SUROP Poster Symposium
Contact Jane Greer for more details.


Friday, September 14, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.
Deadline for SEARCH Applications
Please note the SEARCH Application is online. Students should plan to submit early so that faculty mentors and department chairs have time to provide recommendations letters and necessary signatures.
Contact Jane Greer for more details.


Friday, November 2, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.
Deadline for Nominations for Undergraduate Research Day @ the Capitol.
Faculty mentors are encouraged to nominate outstanding undergraduate researchers, scholars and artists to share their work with state legislators and other stakeholders in Jefferson City in spring, 2019.
Contact Jane Greer for more details.

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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.