Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate research is happening all over at Marquette University. What is undergraduate research?

According to the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR), undergraduate research is defined as "an inquiry or investigation conducted by an undergraduate student that makes an original intellectual or creative contribution to the discipline." 

Undergraduate research has been identified as a high-impact practice as it is known to: 

  • enhance student learning through mentoring relationships with faculty
  • increase retention and graduation in academic programs
  • increase enrollment in graduate education and provides effective career preparation
  • develop critical thinking, creativity, problem solving, and intellectual independence
  • develop an understanding of research methodology
  • promote an innovation-oriented culture  

What research have Marquette students been doing?


Health Sciences student earns second place in Science Coalition video challenge

Alissa Wuorinen, a junior majoring in biomedical sciences, received an award from the Science Coalition for her second-place finish in its "Fund it Forward" video challenge. December 11, 2019 


MU4Gold: Mentoring exceptionally able students and promoting a culture of research on campus

MU4Gold Scholars Program offers intellectually curious, highly motivated students the chance to engage in the process of research and discovery with Marquette faculty as soon as they arrive on campus. 


Reclaiming Power: Exploring the Intersectional Nature of Injustice on Women in Purple Hibiscus and Their Journey to Freedom

Students Ana Maria Angelez-Cruz and Crystal Munoz, from English 2030: Global Literatures, Contemporary Women's Voices, looked into religion's role in enforcing control and as a patriarchal crutch in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's novel. Spring 2020 


Exploring Non-traditional Means of Providing Fresh and Nutritious Foods to Marquette and the Near West Side

Student Andrew Terenzio in collaboration with Social Innovation Coordinator Kelsey Otero were inspired to address the lack of access to fresh and nutritious foods. 2014-2015


Read more about the great research projects that Marquette students have been participating in.