Arts & Sciences

Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate Research Program

Undergraduate research at Montevallo is a strong component of the educational process.

The overarching goals of the University of Montevallo’s Undergraduate Research Program are to facilitate the undergraduate research experience between students and faculty mentors and to enhance the liberal arts experience, which will help prepare students for graduate or professional schools.

The mission of the Undergraduate Research Program is to provide opportunities for undergraduate students to foster their academic knowledge and understanding through collaborative research efforts, scholarly activity, and creative endeavor.

All students, from freshman to seniors, are encouraged to participate in a wide variety of research projects. Students who participate in research are given the opportunity to travel to national conferences all over the United States to present their work. Research at Montevallo not only prepares students for the future but instills confidence in all who participate. Special events are held each year to enable students to celebrate their research, scholarship, and creative activity with the broader academic community, even if they have not enrolled for or completed an UR project for academic credit. One such event is our Annual Undergraduate Research Day in the spring semester of each year.

The major events sponsored by the Undergraduate Research Program are:  Undergraduate Research Day and the Run for Research on campus, and the Southeastern Regional COPLAC Undergraduate Research Conference.  The Undergraduate Research Program offers travel awards for student research presentations.

Undergraduate Research Program Dates for the Academic Calendar 2021-2022

UR Applications needing IRB approval for Spring 2022 Projects due to HASRC October 11, 2021
Online Registration for Undergraduate Research Day Opens November 1, 2021
First day to submit applications for Regional COPLAC Conference November 1, 2021
Run for Research begins at 3:45pm (SAC). November 4, 2021
Undergraduate Research Proposal for Spring 2022 Projects due by 5:00 pm
November 12, 2021
Online Registration for Undergraduate Research Day Closes February 4, 2022
Last day to submit application for consideration as a UM Student Undergraduate Research Representative for COPLAC Conference February 4, 2022
UR Applications needing IRB approval for Summer and Fall 2022 Projects due to HASRC March 14, 2022
Undergraduate Research Day in Harman Hall March 16, 2022
Undergraduate Research Proposal for Summer 2022 Projects due by 5:00 pm (with completed HASRC IRB Approval as needed) April 15, 2022
Undergraduate Research Proposal for Fall 2022 Projects not requiring HASRC approval due by 5:00 pm August 5, 2022


Undergraduate Research Program Advisory Committee

Dr. Stacy Bishop, Assistant Professor of Exercise and Nutrition Science, College of Education and Human Development

Dr. Jim Connell, Associate Professor of Business, Michael E. Stephens College of Business

Dr. Sally Hardig, Professor of Communication Studies, College of Fine Arts

Dr. Elizabeth Richardson, Assistant Professor of Psychology, College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Ruth Truss, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

Consulting: Dr. Jenifer Williams, Chair of Human and Animal Subjects Research Committee