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 follows:

Undergraduate research is 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 promotes and facilitates undergraduate research by providing incentives and a support system 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, think critically, and express their potential as independent thinkers. 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.

Objectives

  • Promote research collaboration between faculty and students, including those from different disciplines, to enhance the educational experience.
  • Provide access for all students to learn basic research skills.
  • Provide students opportunities for improvement and implementation of visual, oral, and written communication skills through the Student Forum.

Funding

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, who are enrolled in thesis-based graduate programs, receive $500 to mentor one student researcher. Funds for student travel to conferences are also available when students are presenting their findings or creative activities.

EURECA Learning Community

Students in the program enroll in an interdisciplinary research course, Creative Inquiry: Interdisciplinary Thinking, in which the students are encouraged and guided to learn from each other (peer instruction), exchange ideas, create together and think globally.

Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Forum

Students share their research experience/creative activities in an Undergraduate Research Forum in fall and spring.

Application Process

Student and faculty apply to the program online. The Undergraduate Research Advisory Committee evaluates the proposals and makes recommendations to the Director of Undergraduate Research. Links to the application and guidelines are on the left side of this page.