THINKERS. MAKERS. DOERS.
NCSSM students have a wealth of opportunities and options for research and innovation. The objective is to engage each student as a thinker, maker, doer in an experience that requires the application of knowledge and skills to address challenges in the world beyond the classroom. The possibilities to engage in research abound in any field of interest from STEM to humanities, and the range of opportunities beyond research continues to expand.
Areas of student development and potential outcomes:
- Engage as a thinker, maker, doer through an independent or ongoing project
- Advance your knowledge and skills in a topic of your interest
- Develop a strong mentor-mentee relationship with NCSSM faculty and/or professionals from the community
- Test out a field of interest and build curiosity toward solving problems and creating and pursuing innovative ideas
- Make lasting connections in the academic/professional world
- Build personal and professional skills that will propel your future endeavors
- Take ownership of your learning to work independently and advocate for yourself and your goals
- Learn how to effectively communicate the outcomes of your experience
- Participate in competitions/conferences/symposiums
- Contribute to publications, grants, and conference presentations
- Gain confidence in yourself as a leader and engaged citizen working for the betterment of the world
Options to get involved include:
Research Experience (REX) courses help students develop research skills and provide the opportunity to complete a research project in a specific discipline. There are no prerequisites and these courses span one semester. REX courses are available to both juniors and seniors. Learn more.
Research (R) programs offer students the opportunity to conduct in-depth research in a single discipline under the guidance of an NCSSM faculty member. An R program typically includes 10-25 students, though the precise numbers vary among programs. Students in R programs are able to foster a strong relationship with the NCSSM faculty member who serves as their research instructor and as their mentor. Learn more.
January Term (J-Term) provides students the opportunity to participate in specialized courses arranged by NCSSM faculty. J-Term courses that focus on research/innovation vary from year to year. Learn more.
Become a mentor
Interested in getting involved as a mentor in NCSSM research and innovation programs?
Durham: Visit the NCSSM-Durham Prospective Mentors webpage or email Dr. Sarah Shoemaker (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Morganton: Email Collyn Gaffney (email@example.com).