Mission Statement

The Center for Undergraduate Research at ATU serves the student population by providing information about research opportunities, funding of student research, and developing research skills for the future. In line with the ATU Strategic Plan, the Center for Undergraduate Research strives to achieve the goals outlined under Goal 1 (1.9 and 1.10). Ultimately, our goal is to empower and enable students to gain valuable research experience and skills that can be equipped for a meaningful and satisfying future upon graduation. This is achieved in three ways:

1.       Provide support, through internal research grants, for faculty and students to conduct research of the highest quality. This includes internal funding through grants, developmental workshops, special skills training, and other opportunities and services.

2.       Encourage and promote the use of co-curricular and high-impact educational practices such as student research, service learning, interdisciplinary project-based courses, and other learning opportunities.

3.       Elevate the level of undergraduate scholarship and research by increasing the visibility of research across campus through various outlets such as annual symposia, student-led conferences and thematic panel presentations, and applied research opportunities in the greater Russellville and Arkansas communities.


The 2020 Arkansas Tech University Undergraduate STUDENT RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM will be held April 10, 2020 in the young ballroom.


The abstract submission deadline will be February 21st, 2020 The abstracts should not exceed one page and should be submitted electronically.

 The program schedule will become available at the following link:




Fall 2019 CUR Workshops

September 25, 2019 (3:00-4:00 PM) 300 RPL :  “Google Can’t Do This: Using Library Databases To Simplify the Research Process,” Angela Black, Assistant Librarian 

If Google is your only tool for finding articles and research, you are missing out on the magic of library tools and databases to simplify your research life.  Don’t waste time on cluttered results, unscholarly sources, and paywalls.  Learn how to save time and get your tuition dollars’ worth of premium, full-text and citation-ready sources available at your library. 


October 3, 2019 (3:00-4:00 PM) Rothwell 317 : "Successfully Navigating the Graduate School Application Process," Dr. Justin Moss, Assistant professor of Psychology

This workshop will offer insight into whether you should apply to graduate school, which programs to which you should apply, how you can find information about those programs, and which application materials you will need. I will share my experiences as a former graduate school applicant and current graduate program director to help you successfully navigate the graduate school application process.


October 22, 2019 (3:00-4:00 PM) Rothwell 317: “Research Ethics and the Institutional Review Board,” Dr. Sarah Gordon, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership  

This presentation will provide an overview of ethical protocols and regulations regarding conducting research with human subjects. We will discuss what qualifies as “research” and the current U.S. system of protections for human research subjects, along with the history and role of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) and how the IRB conducts reviews of research proposals.


Undergraduate Research Steering Committee

Nathaniel Chapman, Director
(479) 356-2027

Jessica Young , Assistant Director 
(479) 880-4183

Justin Moss
 (479) 356-2046

John O'Connor
(479) 968-0427

Jeff Aulgur
(479) 964-3637

Sarah Gordon
(479) 964-0583

Seyed Hosseini
(479) 964-0583 ext. 4206

Wan Wei
(479) 968-04949