The mission of the UNC Undergraduate Research Consortium is to support and promote high-quality undergraduate research, creative work, and inquiry-based learning in all fields of study with the support of faculty and other mentors.
In fulfilling its mission, the consortium uses the following definition of undergraduate research:
"In any field of study, undergraduate students conduct research when they carry out intensive, diligent, and self-directed inquiry (e.g., investigation, scholarship, experimentation, creative work) aimed at the discovery and interpretation of facts, revision of accepted theories, hypotheses, practices, or laws in the light of new facts, or application of such new or revised theories, hypotheses, practices, or laws. Such research typically, but not necessarily, is (a) carried out independently or in small teams, (b) assisted by faculty or other mentors, and (c) designed to result in an original scholarly paper or other product that has an anticipated outcome (e.g., publication, presentation, etc.) that is measurable against a series of clearly defined, articulated, and assessable goals."
This definition has been adopted specifically because it fulfills the following criteria:
In fulfilling its mission, the consortium's goals are to: