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Undergraduate Research


Belmont University Research Symposium (BURS)

The Belmont University Research Symposium (BURS) was begun in 1991 by Dr. Donald Ramage, who at that time was the Dean of the School of Sciences. This event occurs annually in April of each year. There were 21 students who presented that first year. There were 114 presenters from 9 disciplines presenting at the 2004 Symposium. This Symposium was created to provide undergraduates an opportunity to conduct independent research and present it to a community of peers. Each spring, students at Belmont gather to present their findings, listen to eminent speakers and enjoy the company of fellow researchers.

Science Undergraduate Research Symposium (SURS)

Belmont's College of Sciences and Mathematics hosts the Science Undergraduate Research Symposium (SURS) each fall semester. The 1st Annual event was held December 2, 2004, with 27 presenters at this first event, and has grown to over 80 presenters in 2015. SURS is the culmination of many hours of undergraduate research work done during the summer and fall with faculty advisors and peers and offers these research students the opportunity to show the Belmont community the interesting research that is being done.

Scholar Communities

The Scholar Communities program was developed as a blend of the structure of a summer session class and a research team focused on a faculty-designed research project. Students typically spend 16-18 hours a week for eight to 10 weeks on a research project, working with several other students and faculty mentors. The Summer Scholar Communities Program differs from traditional undergraduate research because in addition to participating in their own research projects, the students and faculty from various disciplines have the chance to meet regularly at joint weekly meetings to learn from each other and to present their research findings.

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships in the Sciences (SURFS) 

The College of Science and Mathematics is pleased to offer new opportunities for students AT ALL LEVELS to work on a focused, 6-week original research project this summer. Participants can apply for a stipend and housing. Students will gain firsthand experience in being part of a research team as in industry and graduate school, have the opportunity to learn through interactions with other researchers, including faculty mentors, and gain experience with new state-of-the-art instrumentation.