Office for Undergraduate Research and Artistry

Who we are

Undergraduate Research is inclusive of all disciplines (including those in liberal arts, business and STEM) and is defined as an inquiry or investigation conducted by an undergraduate student that makes an original intellectual or creative contribution to the discipline . The Office of Undergraduate Research and Artistry (OURA) works with anyone connected with undergraduate research, from prospective and actively engaged undergraduate researchers to research mentors (faculty, staff, graduate students, and post-docs), program administrators, university administrators, and external partners.

The mission of OURA is to serve as a resource at Colorado State University to promote and expand experiential learning for undergraduate students through research, artistic, and other creative experiences with skilled mentors. We embrace CSU’s Principles of Community in our daily work and highly value the contributions of all undergraduate researchers and artists in any and all disciplines across all 8 colleges. OURA’s vision is to provide opportunities for all undergraduate students to discover, realize, and act on their interests and passions. We are continually challenging ourselves to view all OURA programs and initiatives with an equity lens and to center minoritized students in all that we do. A core value of OURA is that our success will be the result of intentional efforts that are focused on equity and inclusiveness paired with assessment and revision. OURA views diversity, equity, inclusion and justice (DEIJ) efforts as inseparable from our work.

What we do

OURA coordinates efforts across campus and provides support for disciplinary programs, mentors and undergraduate students. Our aims are to promote and highlight student creative activities and to centralize the tracking and assessment of research and artistic engagement across campus for the benefit of students and faculty. OURA provides undergraduate students with opportunities to develop skills, learn about and connect with research mentors, and to share their work with others. OURA conducts formal and informal training, which helps students to enhance their research experience, deepen their understanding of disciplinary material, and increase their value to graduate programs and future employers. OURA also supports mentors (at all levels) by connecting them with interested students and by providing opportunities for them to strengthen their mentoring skills.

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student and instructor working with fossils
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