Welcome to the OURI

The Office of Undergraduate Research and Inquiry (OURI) serves as a centralized support office for students and faculty who are engaged in undergraduate research and inquiry.  We offer university-wide programs such as undergraduate research grants, the annual undergraduate research symposium, and the undergraduate research journal. We also support departments and all colleges in their undergraduate research and inquiry initiatives. 

Why get involved in research and creative activities?

Few activities are as intellectually rewarding as research. In addition to the acquisition of invaluable research skills, students learn:

  • how knowledge is created and how that knowledge can be overturned with new evidence or new perspectives
  • to work independently and overcome obstacles
  • the importance of ethics and personal conduct in the research process.

Undergraduate research can take place in every discipline. It is especially common in the life sciences and physical sciences, where an estimated 40 percent of students nationwide engage in research under faculty mentorship; it is also found in the humanities, social sciences, and creative and performing arts.  




 FAU is proud to be an Enhanced Institutional Member of the Council on Undergraduate Research.  The enhanced institutional membership allows all faculty members, administrators, students and staff of FAU to join the Council on Undergraduate Research, at no cost.


OURI was established to implement FAU's Quality Enhancement Plan, Distinction through Discovery aimed at expanding a culture of undergraduate research and inquiry.

Latest News

2017 Undergraduate Researchers of the Year 

2018 UROY

(From Left to right)

1. Danielle Gordon,

College of Business

2. Haley Katz,

Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine

3. Anna Riso,

Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College

4. Jessica Halle,

College of Education, 

5. Kestride Estil,

College for Design and Social Inquiry

6. Kira Wolak,

Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters

7. Vithulan Suthakaran,

College of Engineering and Computer Science 

8. Alexandra Miller,

Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing 

9. Andrea Hernandez,

Charles E. Schmidt College of Science (Not pictured)


2017 Distinguished Mentor

of the Year


                                                                          Dr. Julie L. Earles,
Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College



Spring into Research 2018 Calendar of Events

2018 Undergraduate Research Week 

2017 Student Spotlights

Surf's Up Student Showcase

2017-18 Kenan Social Engagement Program Scholarship Winners

Spring 2018 Biological Sciences Undergraduate Honors Thesis Defense

Student Spotlight

wilmerOURI student spotlights showcase the research endeavors of undergraduates students who have participated in research or scholarly activities. If you have participated in research and would like to be featured, please submit your story to athompson@fau.edu. Please include the following:
Name, email, college and major, year in school, photo of you actively engaged in research,  signed photo release form, faculty mentor and their email, research focus, and answers to the questions; Whats does research mean to you and how has research benefited you.

 Last Modified 4/25/18