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Drinko Center for Undergraduate Research

Welcome to the Drinko Center!

What is the Drinko Center for Undergraduate Research?

The Drinko Center is an on-campus resource dedicated to promoting and providing students with a variety of research, scholarly, and creative opportunities in all academic disciplines. Conducting research is one of the best ways to gain hands-on, "real-world" knowledge of your field while you are here at Westminster.

What qualifies as "Undergraduate Research"?

Research looks a little different in each discipline so it's important that you work closely with a faculty member in your chosen field who can guide and mentor you during the process.

The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) defines undergraduate research as "inquiry or investigation conducted by an undergraduate student that makes an original intellectual or creative contribution to the discipline." If you are an undergraduate and you have conducted an experiment, written a research paper, created a piece of art - you've engaged in "Undergraduate Research"! 

Here at Westminster, we value collaboration and relationship building - the "WE" in Westminster. To that end, the Drinko Center defines Undergraduate Research as "scholarly projects in which both faculty and students are collaborative partners in examining, creating, and sharing new knowledge or works in ways consistent with practices in the discipline."

How can the Drinko Center help?

The Drinko Center currently supports Undergraduate Research at Westminster College by:

  1. Providing instructive resources for students interested in beginning or furthering their training and education through research
  2. Financially supporting student research through supply grants and travel grants for students presenting their research externally.
  3. Organizing The Undergraduate Research and Arts Celebration (URAC), a day-long event showcasing the collaborative work between Westminster faculty and students.