Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship (OURS)
The Office of Undergraduate Research & Scholarship (OURS) exists to cultivate student involvement in high quality research and creative endeavors through faculty-mentored scholarship. OURS seeks to assist students by:
- Identifying and securing research opportunities at Lee (e.g. Work Study Research Program - WRAP, McNair, integrated Mathematics and Science Scholars - iMASS, Ledford), in our community, and with national partners.
- Providing access to regional and national academic conferences to present their findings.
- Developing scholarly community among students and mentors.
- Building disciplinary and interdisciplinary research skills within a liberal arts curriculum (e.g. Responsible Conduct of Research training, Institutional Review Board support).
The Council on Undergraduate Research defines “undergraduate research” as “an inquiry or investigation conducted by an undergraduate student that makes an original intellectual or creative contribution to the discipline.” At Lee, undergraduate research takes place in course-embedded research classes and in faculty-mentored, one-on-one, or in small lab models. Faculty are supported in their mentoring through the Center for Teaching Excellence, training workshops, and through institutional membership in the Council on Undergraduate Research.