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Undergraduate Research Ambassadors

Alexander Beardon

Alexander Bearden

Major/Department: Earth & Environmental Sciences
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Alison Graettinger

Why is undergraduate research important to you?

It’s important to me because it allows me to challenge myself outside of the classroom in new ways, while also giving me the opportunity to be mentored by one of my favorite professors.  Research takes skills gained in the classroom and allows you to apply them into a field you may be curious in pursuing post-graduation.  It also makes you a more competitive applicant for graduate school while also allowing for professional networking.

How did you find your mentor?

I was enrolled in Dr. Graettinger’s Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology class and I really enjoyed her lectures and engaged with the material. During labs I would ask questions about concepts and put 110% percent into the course material. Dr. Graettinger later asked if I would be interested in undergraduate research and joining her research team. After discussing the research, I knew I found a great opportunity. 

What advice would you have for someone who wants to get started in undergraduate research?

Find a class or subject that you’re passionate about and put your all into it. Be an active student, engage with the material, and show that you’re self-motivated. It’s important to build relationships with your professors, and you can always ask if they’re looking for any undergraduate researchers to assist with their research.. 


Dr. Jane Greer, Director
106 Cockefair Hall

Department Contacts

Undergraduate Research Advisory Board

Important Dates and Deadlines:

September 2, 2021, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
SUROP Poster Symposium in Miller Nichols Learning Center


September 17, 2021 at 5:00 pm
Deadline for SEARCH Grant Applications


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


November 1, 2021 at 5:00 pm
Deadline for Nominations for Undergraduate Research Day @ the Capitol


December 7, 2021 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
EUReka Poster Symposium in Pierson Auditorium


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