»Building Undergraduate Research networks (BURN)

Building Undergraduate Research networks (BURN) seeks to increase the number of students engaged in high-quality collaborative research across all disciplines in WCHSS.

As defined by the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR), undergraduate research is an inquiry or investigation conducted by an undergraduate student that makes an original intellectual or creative contribution to the discipline. Undergraduate research—a term that encompasses scholarship and creative activity—is recognized as a high-impact educational practice that has the ability to capture student interest and create enthusiasm for, and engagement, in an area of study.

Getting started

The first step is to find a mentor. Connecting with a CRASSH Group is easy! Contact the group coordinator and inquire about openings in the group. Then, download the BURN contract, fill it out with your mentor’s help and submit it to the WCHSS Dean’s office

Undergraduate Research Fellows Program

  • Application download and details
  • Apply for paid program, can also do independent study

Calendar of Events

 February: The Importance of Undergraduate Research with guest Dr. Chris Kim, Director of the OUR


March: Building a Competitive Profile for Graduate School, Law School and Nationally Competitive Awards, with guest Dr. Eileen Jankowski, Director of Scholarships and Scholars’ Programs


April: Putting together an academic C.V. and personal statement for fellowships, graduate school and beyond, with guests from the Career Center.


May: BURN Research fair and awards

Faculty and Student Resources

Faculty Resources

  •  Advisory Committee Members
  • Best Practices in Mentoring undergraduate researchers


Students Resources

  • Best Practices in working with your mentor, for students
  • Poster presentations
  • Research Projects
  • IRB Statement

Funding Resources

Funding for Undergraduate Research

Travel money

Office of Undergraduate Research Travel Grants

Funding is available to support travel to conferences by undergraduate students and faculty mentors.

Council on Undergraduate Research Social Sciences Division, Student Travel Grants

The Social Sciences Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) is offering a limited number of travel grants, up to $200 each, for undergraduate students presenting the results of research that they have conducted at a regional or national, discipline-specific meeting.

Scholarly/Creative Grants

Fall Deadline: [11/1/12 ] - Proposals sponsored by faculty due to OUR

Spring Deadline: [4/1/13] - Proposals due to OUR




Conferences for Undergraduate Researchers


Southern California Conference for Undergraduate Research

Abstracts due in early October.

Pictures from SCCUR and quotes from students



27th National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR)

University of Wisconsin, La Crosse for NCUR April 11th-13th


Abstracts due 12/4/12

Research Competitions

  Leatherby Libraries Undergraduate Research Prize competition was established to recognize the use of library resources in pursuit of excellent research by Chapman University undergraduate students.


Deadline to apply is 5 p.m. on Monday, April 15, 2013.  


 ICPSR Paper Competition

 ICPSR invites submissions for our 2013 Research Paper Competition from undergraduates and master’s students at member institutions. The purpose of the competitions is to highlight exemplary research papers based on quantitative analysis.


The awards are $1,000 for first place and $750 for second place in each category. 


All papers and corresponding entry forms must be submitted by January 31, 2013.

Undergraduate Research Journals

Voces Novae Chapman University Historical Review

e-Windows, Chapman’s Journal of Undergraduate Research is an electronic journal of undergraduate student research, and will feature recent scholarly research and creative work by Chapman’s undergraduates from across the curriculum, essays as well as work in a variety of other media.

Undergraduate Research Journals from CUR

Profiles of Undergraduate Researchers


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Burn Contract

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