About Us

The University of San Diego (USD), established in 1949, is “a Roman Catholic institution committed to advancing academic excellence, expanding liberal and professional knowledge, creating a diverse and inclusive community, and preparing leaders dedicated to ethical conduct and compassionate service.”  USD is a Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) enhanced institutional member and has a long-standing commitment to engaging undergraduates from all disciplines in research and scholarly activities.  

2019 marked the 29th anniversary of USD’s Creative Collaborations Undergraduate Research Conference as well as the 7th anniversary for the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR), which was envisioned in the first phase of USD’s Strategic Plan/Direction in 2003.

OUR's goal is to ensure that undergraduate students from all disciplines have the opportunity to engage in research, scholarly and creative activities during their time at USD.

The office provides unique services and several on-campus research programs to all undergraduates and faculty on campus. 

Services for students include:

  • Research ethics and integrity
  • Poster design
  • Applying for extramural scholarships, fellowships and awards
  • Professional development workshops
  • Funding for travel to present research findings

Services for faculty mentors include:

  • Research ethics and integrity
  • How to mentor an undergraduate researcher
  • Course development/integrating research into the curricula
  • Course development/integrating community based research

All students can participate in undergraduate research. No matter the major or year, there are on-campus or off-campus opportunities available. Browse through the Students page for more information.

Faculty mentors who are interested in getting involved in undergraduate research should check out the Faculty page for more information.