Undergraduate Research

Wake Forest students show the results of their research projects during Undergraduate Research Day


Undergraduate research is a major focus of Wake Forest University.

Through our Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (URECA) Center, we help students find professors, and vice-versa, to explore shared areas of interest, alert them to funding opportunities, showcase their research, and provide support for class, conference, and publication work.

We want fully and publicly to support research that expands our worldviews, helps us come to terms with the world’s irreducibility, and shapes and reshapes our interpretations of this complex world.

Examples of our activities?

  • We provide summer stipends and housing to students engaged in scholarly and creative activities with WFU faculty mentors,
  • organize campus-wide activities to showcase undergraduate research and creative work, including annual Research Day presentations,
  • promote and support participation at professional meetings by student researchers and their faculty mentors, including national and regional disciplinary conferences,
  • offer practical and pedagogical workshops and discussions for both undergraduates and faculty on the importance of undergraduate research practices,
  • and develop and employ assessment tools that measure and track outcomes of undergraduate mentored scholarly and creative activities.

See the world beyond the given.

Did You Know?  

Over the last five years, one of every eleven graduates has presented a faculty-mentored project at Undergraduate Research Day.

As part of Undergraduate Research Day, Dami Fakunle, a Wake Forest student, talks about her research into comparative health systems in Paris and Sheffield.
The Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (URECA) Center’s scholarships allow students to conduct research during the summer, when the focus can be exclusively on exploration.
Wake Forest faculty mentor undergraduates in their scholarly work, both during the academic year and summer months.
The Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (URECA) Center is about promoting and celebrating mentored scholarship.

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