Love to investigate the world around you? The undergraduate research program at Keystone College provides you the opportunity to explore and work one-on-one with a faculty mentor.
Gain a competitive edge when seeking employment by learning to use the tools of your chosen profession – whether a spectrometer, an advanced survey technique, or a pottery wheel, you will gain hands-on experience conducting faculty-mentored or student-developed research projects.
Two types of Undergraduate Research:
- Student-initiated research with faculty supervision.
- Faculty-initiated research that involves students as individuals or team members.
Benefits of Undergraduate Research
The excitement of undergraduate research and the process of discovery enriches the learning process and creates positive attributes which will last a lifetime. You will develop strong critical thinking skills and build strong academic credentials which will serve you well when applying for employment or graduate schools. Undergraduate research provides:
- Skills that can translate into the job market
- Hands-on experience using the tools of your trade
- Increased opportunity for graduate admission
- Opportunity to present research at local, regional, and national conferences
Student Research Projects
The high quality and diversity of our student research projects reflect the excellent work of our students and the commitment of our faculty as mentors and professors. Undergraduate research encompasses both traditional research and creative endeavors.
The talents of many of our graduates are displayed each spring at the annual Undergraduate Research and Creativity Celebration.
Major: Visual Arts
Keith presented his study of Screening Enamels on Glass and exhibited some of his creative projects containing imagery similar to stained-glass windows. Keith received a research grant that provided him with the funds to purchase the materials needed to create these works of art.
Major: Forensic Biology
Crime Scene Investigation and Chemistry led Kayleigh to look at the effects that decomposition has on soil and how this might affect the investigation of a crime scene.
Major: Environmental Resource Management
Alison’s research used technology, similar to Gigapan technology developed by NASA, to create individual, high-resolution pictures of geological formations. It’s a more direct and accurate way of studying geological formations.
Undergraduate Research and Creativity Celebration
Keystone College students highlight the findings of their year-long research projects during the annual Spring Undergraduate Research and Creativity Celebration.
Funding Your Project
The Alumni Association Mini Grant Program provides funding to students, student organizations or faculty-led initiatives for innovative projects that support Keystone College students and the campus community. Applications for funding through the Mini Grant Program are due April 15.
The Institutional Review Board Committee (IRB) at Keystone College is responsible for protecting the rights of human subjects who participate in research conducted by faculty, students, professional and administrative staff.
The Committee is charged with assuring that people engaging in research as representatives of Keystone College and people who wish to use members of the campus community as human subjects honor the ethical principles set forth by the Belmont Report (1978).