Creighton University’s Center for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship will be hosting its first Undergraduate Research Week next week, April 9 to April 13.

CURAS supports and encourages undergraduate  research and creative activity across the university. The center offers resources and opportunities to students through training, programming and funded research. About 33 percent of Creighton undergraduates participate in research.  

Creighton has consistently been named a Top School in Undergraduate Research/Creative Projects by U.S. News and World Report. 

Claire Climer, the CURAS research program planner, said that defining CURAS as an entity and improving its outreach to all students is something CURAS is continuously working on.

“I know there is a pretty considerable segment of the undergrad population here that hasn’t heard of us yet,” Climer said. “National Undergraduate Research Week is an opportunity for us to broadcast the CURAS mission, point out to people that we exist, and point people to resources.”

One of the reasons Tyler Rollman, a junior student director of CURAS, made the choice to attend Creighton was based on the university’s undergraduate research opportunities.

“How many students can say ‘as a freshman I joined a research lab and I was there for my entire undergraduate career’ Not very many,” said Rollman, who is majoring in biochemistry. “That’s something that you’re not going to find elsewhere.”

The students involved in CURAS planned two “Ask the Ambassador” events, featuring students who represent CURAS as ambassadors. The events  will be April 10 and 12 in Skutt. Rollman and his fellow CURAS ambassadors will be at the Skutt Fireplace from 7 to 9 p.m. to answer questions.

It will be a relaxed setting where interested students can get a better understanding of what research is, what kind of research they can get involved in and what CURAS is all about.

“We want to get you thinking about this and we want research to be an approachable thing on campus,” Rollman said.

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