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.

TRIO McNair Scholars Program

The TRIO McNair Scholars Program is designed to support talented, highly motivated students as they conduct rigorous academic research and successfully matriculate into graduate school. 
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Work-Study Research Assistant Program (WRAP)

WRAP introduces first- and second-year students to undergraduate research under the guidance and mentorship of a faculty member.
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Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (URCA)

The Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (URCA) committee is a consortium of faculty members who serve to bring awareness to and educate campus about what undergraduate research is and what the benefits of undergraduate research are for students and the university.
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Institutional Review Board (IRB)

The IRB committee must approve any research development, testing and evaluation designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge concerning living individual(s) about whom an investigator, whether professional or student, conducting research obtains data through intervention or interaction with the individual(s) or identifiable private information.
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University Resources

In an effort to invigorate ongoing undergraduate research engagement across campus, OURS provides the following resources for undergraduate students, faculty, and administrators.
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External Opportunities

OURS is committed to providing support and resources for external research opportunities and scholarships with partner institutions. This may include assistance with research-related program applications, paper and essay editing, or creating a professional curriculum vitae (CV).
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Kevin Ung

Kevin Ung, EdD

Director of the McNair Scholars Program / Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research & Scholarship
Academic Affairs | Location: HUM 107
Phone: (423) 473-3791

Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship • PO Box 3450 • Cleveland, TN 37320 • (423) 473-3792 • [email protected]

Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship
PO Box 3450 • Cleveland, TN 37320
(423) 473-3792
[email protected]

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