Undergraduate Research & Creative Works - Overview
Definition of URCW
Undergraduate research and creative works is an inquiry, investigation, or creation produced by an undergraduate student that makes an original contribution to the discipline and reaches beyond the traditional curriculum. High Point University emphasizes the importance of faculty participation and mentorship in guiding a student to achieve a personalized undergraduate experience.
The mission of the Undergraduate Research and Creative Works program at High Point University is to engage students in scholarly, inventive, and imaginative experiences that not only bring academics to life, but which also stimulate curiosity, promote the development of new competencies, foster critical and creative thinking, and provide students with privileged opportunities to add to the sum of human knowledge.
To fulfill this mission, the Undergraduate Research and Creative Works program seeks to impress upon students both the philosophical and practical value of thinking critically and creatively, examining problems from different perspectives, asking testable questions, applying research results to real-world dilemmas, and communicating clearly one's findings, vision, or point of view.
The Undergraduate Research and Creative Works program also encourages and supports the establishment of collaborative partnerships between nurturing faculty mentors and enterprising students. Within these partnerships, critical inquiry, brainstorming, debate, and mutual discovery intertwine, leading over time to the production of finished works suitable for publication, exhibition, or presentation in either professional or public settings. In this way, the overarching goal of the Undergraduate Research and Creative Works program is to provide students with inquiry-based or creative experiences that many students would receive only in graduate school or the professional world.