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Undergraduate Research Program

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Get a competitive edge with hands-on experience


The Undergraduate Research Program is an initiative of the Office of Academic Affairs and the Perry Honors College designed to promote, support and fund the involvement of undergraduate students in the active research community at Old Dominion University.


Benefits of research experience:

  • Give yourself a competitive edge for research careers and graduate school
  • Increase your knowledge through hands-on and inquiry-based experiences
  • Develop exciting academic and career paths
  • Hone your critical thinking, communication, and quantitative skills and abilities
  • Begin research that will lead to an honors thesis or capstone project
  • Get connected to other students involved in ODU's active research community
  • Make a difference by offering your expertise to community organizations locally and around the world


Attention Research Mentors

Please consider nominating an Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Award (2022)!

This award honors individuals who have exemplified excellence in research and/or scholarship while undergraduates at Old Dominion University. The University Undergraduate Research Committee will make awards based on the uniqueness of research/scholarship, longevity of experience, contributions to the discipline, and presentations, publications, and/or performances. The award recipients will receive a $500 cash prize. Multiple nominees may be selected.

All nominations materials should be collated and emailed to Perry Honors College, perryhonorscollege@odu.edu by February 11, 2022.

See details (PDF)  



Want to get involved with research? Start here.


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Undergraduate Research Honors Scholar Program

Registering for the Undergraduate Research Honors Scholar Program (URHS) is the first step to receiving information about undergraduate research funding, research opportunities, and other research-related resources. Registered students are also able to apply for essential supply and equipment grants to offset the costs of their URHS activities.


Program for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship (PURS)

The Old Dominion University Honors College Undergraduate Research Program, in cooperation with the ODU Office of Research, is offering a number of grants to support one-year pilot projects in research and other scholarly activities. These projects are intended to include as a primary objective authentic research and scholarship experiences for undergraduate students. Research faculty, tenured faculty, and tenure-track faculty are eligible to apply for this award. Questions should be directed to Eddie Hill, Director of Undergraduate Research, at HCundergradresearch@odu.edu.

The deadline for PURS is February 1, 2022.

View PURS proposal instructions and forms (PDF)  


Summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates

The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation. REU projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the REU program

Program dates for all REU programs are from about May 26, 2020 thru July 31, 2020.

Learn More and Apply for Summer REU  



More ways to get involved

  TAKE A RESEARCH APPRENTICESHIP COURSE

The Honors College offers two research apprenticeship courses (HNRS226 and HNRS326)

  VISIT THE CAREER DEVELOPMENT SERVICES WEBSITE

We've teamed up with Career Development Services to offer listings of undergraduate research opportunities on the ODU Careerlink website.

  ASK YOUR PROFESSORS

Most ODU faculty members have active research programs in areas related to the courses they teach.

  CONTACT US

We will be happy to help you find research opportunities in your area of interest and help you connect with a mentor in your area of interest or major. Email Eddie Hill at HCUndergradResearch@odu.edu.

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Research Courses

Many departments offer credits that count toward your major for participating in supervised or mentored research projects in conjuntion with a faculty member.




Resources for undergraduate researchers