Research Opportunities

Research opportunities exist both at Towson University as well as outside of the institution.

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Organizational Opportunities

National organizations that support undergraduate research provide excellent opportunities to network with faculty and students from other institutions, as well as to present and publish research.

  • The Colonial Academic Alliance was founded in 2002 by the provosts of the universities participating in the Colonial Athletic Association. The main mission of the CAA is to help students succeed by promoting intercollegiate connections in support of undergraduate research and innovative teaching leadership development. 
  • Council on Undergraduate Research is dedicated to promoting undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activity in all fields of study by sponsoring an annual conference for students. This gathering of young scholars welcomes presenters from all institutions of higher learning and from all corners of the academic curriculum. 

Conference Opportunities

Attending a conference to present your research or project is an exciting and worthwhile opportunity. TU students regularly attend professional conferences within their academic disciplines and conferences held on-campus or by organizations that support undergraduate research.

  • Research & Creative Inquiry Forum: Each spring, OURCI sponsors the annual Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry Forum. Students from all disciplines are invited to share their work with the university community. The Forum will be held on April 18, 2018.
  • Research Experiences for Undergraduates Symposium features keynote presentations, presentations by students from Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) programs in all disciplines, sessions for REU students, faculty, and administrators, and opportunities to meet with representatives from the National Science Foundation and other government agencies.
  • Posters on the Hill is an annual competitive event that gives students the opportunity to showcase their research to congressional members, meet with their representatives, and learn about advocacy for undergraduate research.
  • National Collegiate Honors Council: Annual conference usually held in early November, with applications due in early spring. Contact the  for more information about how to participate.
  • Northeast Regional Honors Council: Annual conference usually held in early April, with applications due in December. Contact the  for more information about how to participate.

Publication Opportunities

Publishing your research in a journal with your faculty mentor or independently is a significant accomplishment that becomes a permanent part of your academic resume. 

  • American Journal of Undergraduate Research is a national, independent, peer-reviewed, open-source, quarterly, multidisciplinary student research journal, established in 2002. It is devoted to making its authors’ publications distinctive. It achieves this not only by the excellence of the content, but also by being student- and public-friendly, and searchable by professionals.

  • Council on Undergraduate Research Quarterly  includes articles from across CUR's organizational disciplines in the natural and social sciences, mathematics, and engineering. Each journal includes a focus topic, such as Minority Participation in Undergraduate Research, Creating Time for Research, Community Research, Students with Special Needs, Building a Summer Research Community, and Academic Excellence. Indexed online with selected full text articles. Quarterly.