Accelerated Research Opportunities Living Learning Community

Point your path to research success with ARO!

The Accelerated Research Opportunities- Living Learning Community (ARO-LLC) is an opportunity for you to live and learn among other research-minded individuals. In this learning community, you’ll be immersed in the research culture at Radford University from day one. Along with the option to live with a cohort of student researchers in Perry Hall, you’ll learn about research opportunities available to you on campus straight from award-winning faculty mentors from every discipline, and work on the tools you’ll need to be successful in your research pursuits in ARO courses OURS 100 and OURS 200. 

OURS 100, a two-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 for the OURS 200 one-credit, independent study. OURS 200 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, Junior Physics Major 

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, Sophomore Biology Major 

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, Junior Geospatial Sciences Major

Become an undergraduate researcher today!

ARO is for any highly-motivated, high-achieving student who wishes to pursue undergraduate research—broadly defined as anything that makes an original intellectual or creative contribution to a discipline. For more information on joining ARO check out our FAQs or contact the Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship (OURS) at Space is limited to 24 highly qualified, motivated students. Applications for the ARO-LLC and all other living-learning communities can be found on the Radford University housing application.