Undergraduate Research Offices

Considerations for Promotion, Staff, and Budgets

Topics: Research Enterprise

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Research Questions

  • What programs and initiatives do undergraduate offices of undergraduate research (OURs) at other institutions undertake?
  • How do OURs promote undergraduate research and incentivize faculty and student participation?
  • How many administrators or faculty members staff the undergraduate research office and what are their roles? 
  • What metrics do other institutions’ OURs use to evaluate their outreach and programming?


University administrators recognize that undergraduate research engages students as a form of experiential learning and contributes to students’ retention and graduate school preparation; offices of undergraduate research promote undergraduate research participation among faculty and students. This report profiles OUR marketing outlets and promotional strategies (e.g., undergraduate research journals, research presentation forums, grants, and workshops). The brief also describes advisory committees and their roles. Staffing, compensation, reporting structures, and budgets are compared across contact institution OURs. Finally, the report offers fundraising techniques, assessment metrics, and implementation guidance.

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