Enhancing Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (EURECA) became Midwestern State University’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) in April 2013.
Midwestern State University defines undergraduate research as an inquiry or investigation conducted by one or more undergraduate students, with faculty guidance, that attempts to make an intellectual, creative, or applied contribution to one or more disciplines.
EURECA facilitates undergraduate research by providing incentives and support for undergraduate students to engage in high-quality research and creative activities in an interdisciplinary environment. Students have opportunities during the entire academic year to explore, create, discover, and think critically. The cornerstone of EURECA is the development of strong mentoring and collaborative partnerships between students and faculty. Graduate students may also be mentors. Graduate students enrolled in thesis-based graduate programs may submit proposals to mentor an undergraduate student.
Student researchers receive stipends up to $2,000 during the semester in which they are working on their project/creative activity. Faculty mentors receive $1,000, and graduate student mentors, enrolled in thesis-based graduate programs, receive $500 to mentor one undergraduate student researcher. Funding for project expenses and student travel to professional conferences where students present research or creative activities is also available.
EURECA is a proud member of the ScholarBridge community. ScholarBridge is a new tool to promote student and faculty involvement in academic research. ScholarBridge is an online database where professors can post their availability to mentor students. Student members can search the listings of professors and opportunities - at any point in their academic career - to find the right mentor and research focus that they are most interested in actively pursuing. Start now by visiting ScholarBridge.
Students accepted into the EURECA program will enroll in an interdisciplinary research course titled Creative Inquiry: Interdisciplinary Thinking, in which they are encouraged and guided to learn from one another (peer instruction), exchange ideas, create together and think globally.
Students share their research experience/creative activities in an Undergraduate Research Forum in both fall and spring semesters. Presentations will be assessed by faculty evaluators, and winning poster and oral presentations from each college will be awarded at a ceremony following the forum.
Students and faculty members may apply to the program using the guidelines provided here. Following proposal submissions, the Undergraduate Research Advisory Committee will evaluate all proposals and make recommendations for EURECA participants to the Director of Undergraduate Research. For more information on the application guidelines, follow the links here or contact the Undergraduate Research office.