Accelerated Research Opportunities Living Learning Community

Point your path to research success with ARO!

The Accelerated Research Opportunities- Learning Community (ARO) is an opportunity for you to learn among other research-minded individuals. In this learning community, you’ll be immersed in the research culture at Radford University from day one. You’ll learn about research opportunities available to you on campus straight from award-winning faculty mentors from every discipline, and learn Career Readiness skills employers desire in ARO courses OURS 100 and 200. 

OURS 100, a three-credit course taught each Fall by the director of the Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship (OURS), teaches you the skills you’ll need for effective research, including: professional communication, teamwork, oral and visual presentation skills, and research basics. This course guides you to finding the right research project to work on in the Spring. OURS 200, one-credit, supports you as you embark on your first research project under the mentorship of a faculty member, with weekly support meetings with your ARO cohort and the Director of OURS. This seminar class culminates in dissemination of your research at the Spring Student Engagement Forum at Radford University. 

Kick-start your future. 

Students who participate in undergraduate research are more likely to complete their degree, earn higher grade point averages, get accepted into graduate school, and have higher levels of self-confidence. Previous ARO participants have gone on to win awards, publish original research, present at conferences nationally and internationally, achieve the Radford University Undergraduate Research Scholar transcript designation, and have been selected for additional research opportunities and grants, including Radford University’s Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship. 

These experiences are more than just stand-out lines to add to your resume, they ensure a fulfilling and successful undergraduate experience. 

Our ARO alumni say it best:

ARO forged me into the person I am today; curious, driven, and experienced in the academic field. I'm so glad I took part in the program.

Krisyln Sourivong, Physics 2021

The small, close-knit community ARO created, both inside and outside of the classroom, helped me form positive and supportive relationships with faculty members and my peers.

Sierra Felty, Biology 2022

ARO has been an integral part of my college experience at Radford University and I firmly believe that almost anyone would benefit from the program.

Nick Francis, Geospatial Sciences 2022