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About the Office of Undergraduate Research

The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) supports student engagement in research and creative activities by raising the visibility of undergraduate research, facilitating research opportunities for students and helping students showcase their work.

  • We promote research and creative activity efforts of U of I students.
  • We fund research and creative activity efforts of U of I students.
  • We provided a forum to showcase research and creative activity efforts of U of I students.

How do we do this?

  • OUR Competitive Grants Program, providing financial assistance for undergraduates undertaking research projects and for students traveling to present their results at conferences.
  • U of I Undergraduate Research Symposium, a university-wide event.
  • Information sessions and guidance for students interested in getting involved in research.
  • A searchable database for undergraduate research opportunities.
  • Outreach to faculty, including resources and workshops for faculty interested in mentoring undergraduate researchers.
  • Curricular approaches that encourage the development of opportunities for undergraduate engagement in research and creative activities.
  • Efforts to increase resources and funding to expand undergraduate research activities at University of Idaho.

Undergraduate research is “an inquiry or investigation by an undergraduate student that makes original, intellectual or creative contribution to the discipline…” — The Council on Undergraduate Research 

While the meaning of “research” and how it is conducted varies from discipline to discipline, we recognize a common theme across all disciplines: Research as a process of inquiry that leads to discovery. This holds true whether one is conducting research in the sciences, where the approach may involve testing hypotheses, or in the fine arts, where research may involve the creation of new works or techniques. The Office of Undergraduate Research strives to enable undergraduate involvement in this process of inquiry in all disciplines at University of Idaho.

Undergraduate research is an opportunity to perform an in-depth study, gain transferable skills, develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills, define academic and professional interests and reinforce coursework through hands-on experiences. Undergraduate research experience help better prepare students for employment, graduate school or professional school. Furthermore, students who engage in undergraduate research may also be able to earn credit toward their major and/or receive money to do research.

Kristopher Waynant

Office of Undergraduate Research Director

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Brandon Poynter

Office of Undergraduate Research Assistant

Brandon Poynter


Faculty Affiliates

Joshua Bailey, Ph.D.

College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences

Joshua Bailey

Caitlin Cieslik-Miskimen

College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences

Caitlin Cieslik-Miskimen


Mark Coleman, Ph.D.

College of Natural Resources



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Laurel Lynch, Ph.D.

College of Agricultural and Life Sciences

Laurel Lynch


Amy Rakich, M.Arch

College of Art and Architecture

Amy Rakich

Nathan R. Schiele, Ph.D.

College of Engineering

Nathan Schiele


Shenghan Xu, Ph.D.

College of Business

Shenghan Xu


Paul Rowley

College of Science

Paul Rowley