Freedom to discover

As the top master's-level university for undergraduate research, you don’t have to wait to use your newfound skills and knowledge in the real world — here, your education will come to life. No matter what your interests are, the opportunity to explore and discover is possible in all areas of study. You might research how plants help forecast climate change, determine the financial impact of Super Bowl ads or study compassion fatigue among caregivers. These transformational learning opportunities open doors to all that is possible for you and your future.

Faculty research mentors

Your professors are experts in their fields, and they're ready to mentor you, provide real-world experiences and connect you to experts in the field as early as your first year. With the aid of faculty mentors, you can co-author reports to be published in peer-reviewed journals, travel to present results at regional, national and international conferences and have a real impact on the future of knowledge. While the numbers vary from year to year, 30-50 percent of our students have an in-depth research experience by the time they graduate.

What are the benefits of undergraduate research?

When you step outside your comfort zone and work alongside distinguished professors and fellow researchers, you gain access to a network that will carry you into the future, presenting opportunities you might have otherwise missed. You develop critical thinking, oral and written communication skills — skills that employers in all industries say they value greatly. You have the freedom to explore your interests and discover the right career path for you. And you will be better prepared to enter the workforce or continue your educational journey at grad school.

Mayo Clinic Health System Collaboration

The powerful collaborative research agreement between UW-Eau Claire and Mayo Clinic Health System — the second of its kind in the United States — brings transformational learning opportunities to northwestern Wisconsin. It is about discovering engaging opportunities for you to share innovative ideas and be a part of the problem-solving that health professionals at Mayo Clinic face every day.

This collaboration presents new internship and research opportunities for undergraduate students and empowers physicians and scientists to launch research projects that may not have happened otherwise. It covers a vast array of majors including nursing, computer science, mathematics, marketing, music, art, neuroscience and more.

Whatever your background or interests, you’re invited to work alongside the brilliant minds at Mayo Clinic Health System and bring your education to life. The work you do now could be implemented in hospitals all over the world and directly impact and improve the lives of others.

Collaborative faculty-student research: We do it best

The Center of Excellence for Faculty and Undergraduate Student Research Collaboration was established at UW-Eau Claire in 1988 by action of the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System. The Center provides students with an opportunity for experience in research, scholarly and creative activity, and presentation of results through a number of programs that provide grant support opportunities for faculty and students engaged in collaborative research.

Student in lab conducting experiment

A celebration of research

Each year the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs hosts a weeklong celebration of the accomplishments of Blugold student researchers from all disciplines. Don't miss this chance to share your hard work and exciting discoveries!

Learn more about CERCA