Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate research allows students the exciting opportunity to explore unforeseen possibilities in their particular fields of study and to present their scholarship to various academic venues.

College education means more than classrooms and tests. Sports, choirs, residence halls, clubs, and late-night pizza are just a few things that enrich the Azusa Pacific University experience. Among these, one of the most valuable is undergraduate research, an exciting opportunity for students to discover unforeseen possibilities in their field of study and to present their scholarship at local or national academic conferences.

Testimonials from Former APU students

How students benefit:

  • Provides opportunities to work closely with professors on individual or collaborative research projects
  • Provides funding to present at local, regional, or national academic conferences
  • Increases the chances of acceptance into graduate school
  • Provides tools for succeeding in the job market
  • Develops analytical skills

How to get involved:

  • Ask an advisor for assistance.
  • Consult a faculty member.

How to begin (a sample of options):

  • Enroll in an independent study course and obtain approval from the faculty member with whom you would like to work (you will receive course credit).
  • Work on a professor’s scholarly project or one of your own.
  • Present your scholarship at an academic conference.
  • Find a salaried research assistant position.
  • Explore off-campus research opportunities.

Areas for undergraduate research activities:

  • Biology/Chemistry
  • Communication Studies
  • English
  • Religion/Theology
  • Many others

Undergraduate Student Travel Grants

All full-time undergraduate students at APU are eligible for undergraduate student travel grants if they plan to attend a local or national academic conference in order to present papers or posters of original research. Sponsorship of an APU faculty member is required.

Funds are granted from the provost’s annual budget based upon review of applications. Because of the high demand for these funds, there is no guarantee that all applicants will receive funds, or that all recipients will be fully funded. For more information, contact the director of undergraduate research, Verónica A. Gutiérrez, MFA, Ph.D., at vgutierrez@apu.edu or (626) 815-6000, Ext. 3134.

Undergraduate research projects often begin when a professor recognizes a student’s intellectual curiosity or latent talents as a researcher. Professors may invite these students to help in a lab, co-present a paper, or work on an individualized research project during the school year or summer.

To participate in the program, the student must submit an Undergraduate Travel Request Form (MS Word), which includes a section to be completed by a faculty member. The application may be submitted electronically to the director of undergraduate research.