Elevate Research

Through the generous support of the Jessie Ball duPont Foundation, Radford University is providing opportunity for more students to engage in courses embedded with the transformative experience of undergraduate research and creative inquiry in their courses.

Program Objectives:

·         Increase and diversify the number of students participating in undergraduate research and creative inquiry.

·         Close equity gaps in retention and graduation rates.

·         Support faculty embedding research into 100 & 200 level courses.

·         Increase BIPOC leadership in the classroom.

National and internal data indicates retention and graduation gaps can be closed through participation in research and creative inquiry. This impact is seen especially for students in their first year at Radford University.

Representation matters, and the Elevate Research program was established to specifically support and advance BIPOC undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative inquiry. Thus each course in the program has a self-identified BIPOC Elevate Research Student Mentor. Our mentors are leaders in the class who receive personal and professional career development, mentorship, and networking opportunities. Students earn $12/hour for 6 hours a week for their work in the Elevate Research program. 

Information for interested faculty:

Support for Faculty Includes:

·         Student Research Mentor for 6 hours a week

·         $2,000 stipend

·         $250 for course supplies

·         Workshops

Expectation for Faculty Participants Includes:

·         Professional development in course (re)design, CUREs (course based undergraduate research experience), and inclusive pedagogy

·         Teach a CURE-embedded course in the Fall of 2022

·         Engage in reflection and feedback on the experience

We are now accepting applications for faculty wishing to participate in the Fall 2022 semester. Applications can be submitted through this link through February 15th.

Questions can be directed to ours@radford.edu