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BURN LogoBuilding Undergraduate Research Networks (BURN)

BURN is Wilkinson’s unique expression of a larger University effort aimed at providing students with access to key researchers. Undergraduate research encompasses both scholarship and creative activity, and has the ability to capture student interest, create enthusiasm for and engagement in, an area of study.

An important aspect of the BURN program is to embed students within active research groups (CRASsH) engaging students in collaborative research across all disciplines in Wilkinson College. This gives students extraordinary opportunities to develop their skills, broaden their knowledge, and participate in research in practical and demonstrable ways. Our desire is to create a framework that allows students to experience, and contribute in, original intellectual or creative research impacting their discipline.

The ethos of BURN is to facilitate research at the individual and group levels.

  • Research
  • Resources
  • Travel
  • Wilkinson College offers a variety of ways to engage in research. Each opportunity has its nuances and unique attributes spanning research design, collection and analysis of data, creative visualization, and collaborating with faculty on highly specified research. The BURN program not only allows for program individuality, but it supports the fluidity of movement between faculty and student collaborators within its individual programs. Students can participate in research through the following opportunities:

  • Institutional Review Board (IRB)

    The Institutional Review Board (IRB) at Chapman University is an authority that reviews, approves, denies and provides ongoing oversight of research involving human and animal subjects in in accordance with FDA regulations. Instructors and students preparing to conduct research requiring human or animal participation should visit the Approval Process Forms and Instructions section to learn more about the requirements.

    Scholarships and Awards

    Students who participate in the BURN program will be encouraged to work with Chapman's Office of Fellowships and Scholar Programs. Below is a quick overview of nationally competitive awards.

    Being a BURN scholar helps students to build the competitive profile they need to for prestigious awards. For more information about developing a competitive profile, contact the Office of Fellowships and Scholar Programs. 

    David L. Boren (NSEP) Undergraduate Scholarship for International Study
    Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad including, Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

    DAAD German Academic Exchange Service Scholarships & Fellowships
    Scholarships for 4 to 10 months of study in Germany, including thesis research or an internship for students in any academic field.

    Fulbright Grant
    The Fulbright award provides opportunities for personal development and international experience.  Preference is given to those applicants who have resided or studied in the country to which they are applying for no more than six months.

    Harry S. Truman Scholarship
    Scholarships for juniors pursuing public service careers.

    Morris K. Udall Scholarship
    Scholarships for sophomores/juniors pursuing environmental careers.

    The Mitchell Scholars Program
    The Mitchell Scholars Program, named to honor former US Senator George Mitchell's pivotal contribution to the Northern Ireland peace process, is designed to introduce and connect generations of future American leaders to the island of Ireland, while recognizing and fostering intellectual achievement, leadership, and a commitment to community and public service.

    Rhodes Scholarships
    Supports two years of graduate study at Oxford University.

    provides a brief and comprehensive overview of some of the top national and international scholarships along with tips from previous recipients.

    Conferences and Competitions

    Southern California Conference for Undergraduate Research (SCCUR)
    One-day conference held each November on the campus of a college or university in the greater Los Angeles area.  Its purpose is to provide a forum for the presentation and discussion of the best research, scholarship, and creative work of undergraduates in the region, thus encouraging excellence in undergraduate achievement.

    Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research
    ICPSR Paper Competition invites submissions for the 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.

    The Alpha Mu Gamma History Conference
    The 5th Annual Alpha Mu Gamma History Conference will be hosted by Chapman University. Twenty-four papers, with commentary, will be spread over eight panels arranged in two sessions. The conference is sponsored by the Alpha Mu Gamma Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the National History Honor Society and admission is free.

    The 5th Annual Alpha Mu Gamma Conference will be held at Chapman University Spring 2014.

    National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR)
    Through this annual conference, NCUR creates a unique environment for the celebration and promotion of undergraduate student achievement, provides models of exemplary research and scholarship, and helps to improve the state of undergraduate education.

    NCUR Conference will be held in Kentucky on April 3-5, 2014

    Chapman University Leatherby Libraries Undergraduate Research Prize  
    Award recognizes the use of library resources in pursuit of excellent research by Chapman University undergraduate students.

    Application deadline: Monday, April 2014

    Research Journals

    Chapman University
    Voces Novae Chapman Historical Review
    First published in the summer of 2009, Voces Novae won the Gerald D. Nash Best Electronic Journal Prize from Phi Alpha Theta, the National History Honor Society, in 2009, 2011 and 2012.  Over 30 of its papers published have won separate research prizes.

    e-Windows, Chapman’s Journal of Undergraduate Research
    An electronic journal of undergraduate student research featuring recent scholarly research and creative work by Chapman’s undergraduates spanning a variety of disciplines and formats.

    For a complete list of nationally competitive undergraduate research journals visit the Council of Undergraduate Research (CUR) website

    Chapman University NVivo Education Center

    What is NVivo?

    QSR International  is the leading software for analyzing qualitative data. Acting as a workspace, Nvivo software helps researchers to manage, shape and interpret unstructured information. It offers tools that assist with classifying, sorting and arranging information.

    Why use Chapman’s NVivo Education Center?

    The Chapman NVivo Education Center offers resources to help teaching staff and students at Chapman University incorporate NVico research software into course work or study. Visit the Education Center for resource guides, tutorials, and webinars exclusive to Chapman faculty and students.

    How do you take advantage of this wonderful opportunity?

    Go to the Wilkinson College Team Site located on MyWindows. If you are on campus your computer is automatically logged in to MyWindows, however, if you are logged in remotely, you will need to sign-in to MyWindows. The Chapman University NVivo Education Center is located under the links column to the far right.

  • To apply for the Student Travel Support, students must complete the following steps:

    • Submit application for funds 30 days prior to travel date
    • If cash advance required, submit a check request with documentation of planned activity
    • Submit expense report with receipts and travel report summary immediately upon return

    Students may contact Ms. Piscitelli for questions regarding application for and implementation of Wilkinson College Student Travel Support.

    *Standard Allocation of Funds:

    1. Attend Conference up to $250
    2. Present/Conduct Research Project up to $500

    Students should submit application to:
    Barbara Piscitelli, Wilkinson College, Administrative Director
    (714) 997-6678
    Roosevelt Hall 116

+ - Graduate Student Grants

Graduate Student Grants

Travel Grants
Conference travel grant awards are intended to provide support for graduate students’ travel to give accepted presentations at conferences. 

Scholarly/Creative Grants
Scholarly/creative grant awards are intended to provide support for a variety of clearly defined scholarly or creative projects. 


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Scholarly/Creative Grants

Travel Funding

Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity (OURCA) Travel Grants
Funding is available to support undergraduate students and faculty mentors traveling to academic conferences. 

Wilkinson College Travel Grants
Wilkinson College will provide additional financial support to student travel related to research. In order to receive funding from WCHSS some funds must first be secured from other offices on campus. Download the Travel Fund Application and follow the steps below.

  • Submit application for funds 30 days prior to travel date
  • If cash advance required, submit a check request with documentation of planned activity
  • Submit expense report with receipts and travel report summary immediately upon return
Standard allocation of funds are as follows:
  • Attend conference up to $250
  • Present/conduct research project up to $500
Submit application, request for cash advance and expense reports to Barbara Piscitelli (or call her at (714) 628-6678 if you have any questions). 

Council on Undergraduate Research Social Sciences Division (CUR) Travel Grants
CUR offer is 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.

+ - 2017 BURN Workshops

More workshops coming soon!

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