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Center for Undergraduate Excellence

Welcome to the Center for Undergraduate Excellence!

CUE offers undergraduate students of ALL majors enriching opportunities in student-faculty mentored and collaborative research, scholarship, and creative activities. Our programs help Chapman University’s ambitious students thrive and grow, and the events highlight undergraduate achievements and encourage intellectual community. CUE is committed to enhancing the undergraduate experience through scholarly activities and the pursuit of global citizenship.

The Center for Undergraduate Excellence follows the National Council on Undergraduate Research’s definition of undergraduate research as “An inquiry or investigation conducted by an undergraduate student that makes an original intellectual or creative contribution to the discipline.”

291/491 Research and Creative Activity Course

Student-Faculty Research and Creative Activity course allows students to receive academic credit for working with a faculty mentor on independent contributions to that mentor’s scholarly research/creative project(s) or on the student’s independent scholarly research/creative project under faculty guidance.

External Fellowships and Scholarships

It is never too early to begin exploring the many prestigious nationally competitive grants, scholarships, and fellowships available to support your research and creative activity while at Chapman or to continue post-graduate opportunities and graduate school funding.

Resources for Undergraduate Students

Many resources are available to help undergraduate students find scholarly opportunities, prepare to be successful in research and creative activity, and use research/creative experiences to further their academic objectives. CUE focuses on preparing undergraduate students to be successful by providing informative workshops and a variety of scholarly opportunities.

Student Scholar Ambassadors

Student Scholar Ambassadors are a select group of accomplished students who have participated in academic research, creative activity, and/or applied to or received a prestigious fellowship/scholarship. They serve as liaisons for the Center for Undergraduate Excellence at various events, highlighting all our office has to offer undergraduate students. 

CUE’s Student Scholar Ambassadors are available for one-on-one peer advising to help students get started and navigate their research and creative plan, find various scholarly opportunities, and answer any questions.

Student Scholar Ambassadors are also available to make presentations for a class, campus event, or organization.

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CUE Newsletter

CUE Newsletter