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Undergraduate Research

At Lipscomb University we are committed to providing opportunities for you to reach your full potential in all areas – including undergraduate research and creative inquiry.

Undergraduate research and creative inquiry are high impact educational experiences for our students. To increase these experiences, Lipscomb University is an enhanced member of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR). CUR defines undergraduate research as: A mentored investigation or creative inquiry conducted by undergraduates that seeks to make a scholarly or artistic contribution to knowledge. At Lipscomb, we believe in empowering and shaping students to be producers of knowledge and art!

From your very first day on-campus, you have the opportunity to engage in on-campus research, with numerous opportunities available for active participation across all disciplines. For many of our students, the culmination of their research and creative work is the Student Scholars Symposium (SSS) which is a Lipscomb-wide academic showcase of both undergraduate and graduate research and creative inquiry. Beyond SSS, our students present at regional, national, and even international academic conferences. As a perk, students in the Honors College who have participated in a research or creative experience are able to present at an academic conference with financial assistance.

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Student and professor at.the student scholar symposium


Research Opportunities at Lipscomb

At Lipscomb, you can begin participating in academic research from your first days on campus. Hands-on undergraduate research and creative experiences, state-of-the-art facilities and dedicated and intentional faculty prepare and support you to make impactful contributions in your own field of study. No matter the discipline, you are encouraged to explore the ways in which you can discover new knowledge to make the world a better place.

Student Scholars Symposium

The Student Scholars Symposium (SSS) is an annual celebration of the creative and scholarly works of Lipscomb students and is an interdisciplinary event representing the diversity of academia that makes up Lipscomb. We invite a wide range of contributions, including empirical research presentations, original poetry, music, and theater performances, as well as displays of artistic and scientific work. Learn more about joining Lipscomb's Student Scholars Symposium.

Value of Undergraduate Research

  • Enhances student learning through mentoring relationships with faculty

  • Increases retention and persistence in one’s major

  • Increases enrollment in graduate education and provides effective career preparation

  • Students develops skills such as complex problem solving, cognitive flexibility, creativity, emotional intelligence, judgement and decision making, management, and collaboration

Undergraduate Research and Creativity Models

Events & Programs

Undergraduate Research Highlights

College of Engineering

On October 1, senior engineering students Brennan Cottrell and Justice Roberts presented their research at the prestigious 2023 IEEE International Conference on Robots and Systems (IROS). This achievement highlights their exceptional work conducted under the guidance of Dr. Juan Rojas during the summer of 2023. Click to read more.

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

The following three psychology majors presented the results of their undergraduate research on October 21 at the 2023 annual convention of the Tennessee Psychological Association. The Conversation was held in Franklin, TN from October 20-October 23, 2023. Click to read more.

STR Program

The Scholars Transforming Through Research (STR) program is an advocacy initiative by the Council for Undergraduate Research. The purpose of this program is to build advocacy skills for both students and their faculty mentors and give opportunities to advocate for undergraduate research. Institutional teams apply and must be selected for this program. Click to read more.

Faculty Research Day

Dr. Josh Owens explaining his presentation to a group of students
Speaker talking in the auditorium
Faculty member speaking about her presentation to 2 others
Dr. Josh Owens speaking into the microphone
Dr. McQueen with a faculty member at their booth
A group of faculty members
Faculty member showing their presentation to someone
Faculty member showing their booth to someone

STR Program

STR students infront of a plack at the whitehouse
STR students in front of the white house
STR group members
STR students on the Washington DC subway
STR student group infront of STR logo
Students infront of the white house