Undergraduate Research

Research, Creative, and Scholarly Activities

Pitt-Johnstown undergraduate research encompasses intellectual, creative and/or scholarly activities, in which the student and faculty member have a collaborative relationship. Research may take many forms including class projects, capstone seminars, senior projects, and independent studies. Originality is key to the student's work.

These projects may be presented locally, regionally, or nationally; the real hallmark of an undergraduate research, creative or scholarly project, is that it offers students the opportunity to experience their discipline in the real world.

Contact:
Karen Lee
, Associate Professor of Biology
UPJ Undergraduate Research Coordinator
212B Engineering & Science Building
814-269-2912

Why do Undergraduate Research?

Students who participate in undergraduate research, creative and scholarly activities:

  • learn to work effectively as part of a team
  • become familiar with the literature and process of gaining knowledge in their discipline
  • increase their oral and written communication skills
  • form deeper professional relationships with faculty and student colleagues
  • learn useful skills for future employment or graduate school
  • have fun!

Symposium for the Promotion of Academic and Creative Enquiry (SPACE)

Pitt-Johnstown SPACE provides a forum for students from all disciplines to present their research, creative or scholarly projects to the University community. This year’s symposium was held April 9, 2014, at the Living-Learning Center. Funded by Conemaugh Health System. Learn More >

The Summer Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR)-Biodiversity

SPUR-Biodiversity is a summer program providing students with intensive undergraduate research experiences under the mentorship of Pitt-Johnstown faculty. Students work for eight weeks on projects in the campus nature area. The program is funded by the Alice Waters Thomas Fund of The Community Foundation for the Alleghenies.

The President’s Mentorship Fund for Faculty-Student Scholarship

Undergraduate research encompasses intellectual, creative and/or scholarly activities in which the student and faculty member have a partnership. Ultimately these projects may be disseminated locally, regionally, or nationally, but the real hallmark of an undergraduate research project is that it allows students a chance to experience their discipline outside of their textbooks. Pitt-Johnstown has established a fund to support faculty-student research, scholarship, and creative activities. Click here for a list of some of the recently funded projects. 

Collaboration with the Windber Research Institute

The undergraduate research experience at Pitt-Johnstown benefits from a highly successful collaboration with the Windber Research Institute (WRI).  WRI, which has  distinguished itself through its pioneering research and programs in areas including breast cancer, health promotion, and disease prevention, is a key player in the future health and well-being of people all over the world.  The highly successful collaboration connects Pitt-Johnstown faculty and students with WRI scientists on projects including research into prostate cancer in African American men and ongoing exchange of research interests, student internships, and real-world opportunities.