Volume IV: What works, what matters, what lasts

Undergraduate Research

21st Century Pedagogies

Undergraduate research is an inquiry or investigation conducted by an undergraduate that makes an original intellectual or creative contribution to the discipline.
- Thomas J. Wenzel

Undergraduate research is an academic endeavor that complements and enhances the effectiveness of classroom learning. It is an active participation by faculty and students in the creation, discovery, and examination of knowledge through various methods of inquiry and analysis, as established by the respective disciplines
T. Hakim, CUR Quarterly, June 1996


  • Thomas J. Wenzel
    Professor of Chemistry
    Bates College

  • Jerry R. Mohrig
    Professor of Chemistry Emeritus
    Carleton College

Resources from PKAL:

Resources from other sources:

  • Undergraduate Research Summit
    "The Chemistry Division of the National Science Foundation provided support to hold an Undergraduate Research Summit meeting at Bates College on August 2-4, 2003. The purpose of the summit was to examine the issues involved in undertaking and sustaining chemistry research at primarily undergraduate institutions (PUIs) and to publish a final report that provides recommendations on how to enhance the number, quality, productivity, and visibility of chemistry research programs at PUIs."