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Un·der·grad·u·ate Re·search

/ˌəndərˈɡrajo͞oət ˈrēˌsərCH/ noun

Any inquiry or creative expression that makes an original contribution to an academic discipline.

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Undergraduate Scholars (Us)

If you have participated in faculty-guided original research or creative expression, we encourage you to be recognized as a member of the ACU Undergraduate Scholars honor society.

I am so thankful for the opportunity to participate in the Undergraduate Research Festival as a member of the ACU McNair Scholars Program. My project would not have been possible without the guidance and mentorship of Dr. Steven Moore, James Scudder, and the wonderful professors that encouraged me along the way. 

Tres Cox


The most memorable part of my academic career, so far, has undoubtedly been participating in ACU’s Undergraduate Research Festival. I loved this experience because I got to work alongside my favorite professor (Dr. John Boyles) as he empowered me with the skills to produce something that is both relevant to scholars and personal to me.


Hannah Garza
Bible and Ministry

Participating in undergraduate research at ACU has been an extremely positive and rewarding experience! Not only am I able to truly delve into topics that interest me professionally, but I have the chance to do so under the guidance of an experienced mentor. Undergraduate research is the perfect opportunity to gain experience in your field, while at the same time develop strong relationships with knowledgeable professors!


Noah Pruitt
Political Science

Research at ACU was a tremendous opportunity all thanks to my mentor, Dr. Xu.  He taught me to apply the concepts I study in class to the lab, not to mention the work and discipline that research requires. Working alongside incredible team members gave me insight into how we answer the questions research asks of us and gave me a truly supportive community.


Ranj Lohony


Participate in our Research Festival

Every spring, ACU hosts the Undergraduate Research Festival. Students from Abilene and beyond exhibit creative products and research in poster and oral presentations representing Arts & Humanities, Social Sciences, and STEM. Prizes are awarded to outstanding presentations and faculty mentors!  Stay tuned for information about our next festival, March 30, 2021.

News & Announcements

Another Year of National Recognition

“Our placement in these rankings reflects our commitment to student experience, collaboration and the exceptional learning environment offered here,” said ACU president Dr. Phil Schubert. “It’s gratifying when peers and external institutions continue to recognize what...

Fall 2020 Travel Applications Open

Undergraduate Research Fall Travel Grant Applications are due Friday, September 25, by 5 p.m. These grants are for conferences and showcases from June 2020 - December 2020 (note that the fall cycle usually covers September - December but has been extended to reimburse...

ACU Hires First Vice President for Research

"Abilene Christian University announced the hiring of Dr. Russell “Rusty” Kruzelock as its first vice president for research. He will begin work at ACU on Sept. 14." See our story at ACU Today.

Faculty-Guided Funding Opportunities

OUR Grants

Undergraduate Research Grant exist to encourage participation of undergraduate students in faculty-mentored research projects by providing financial assistance to the students, faculty, and project needs.

Cullen Grants

Cullen funds are generated by an endowment from the Cullen Foundation and support research projects in all academic areas, with the exception of Mathematics and the Physical Sciences

Math & Science Grants

The Math-Science grant fund was established to provide a source of internal support for any qualified faculty member at Abilene Christian University to provide time for faculty scholarship during a summer term.


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