Research opportunities exist both at Towson University as well as outside of the institution.
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. The CAA sponsors an annual research conference, inviting faculty
from participating institutions to bring students to showcase their work in posters
and oral presentations. Workshops are also offered. Towson University financially supports student participation in this event.
Council on Undergraduate Researchis 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.
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 & 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.
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 Researchis 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.