Individualized, faculty-led, undergraduate research is an integral part of every student’s academic program in James Madison College. Every student in James Madison College is required to complete an internship as well as a research intensive senior seminar. In addition, many students choose to engage with individual faculty on independent study projects, senior honors theses, or work as a team by participating in a research seminar. Students can present their research at a number of conferences, including the University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum. Please contact your academic advisor, professor, or the James Madison College Director of Academic Affairs for further information.
Undergraduate Research (UR) offers a unique opportunity for students to work with JMC faculty on their scholarship. Students are able to produce original output that contributes to a particular academic discipline. At Madison, UR takes many different forms, depending on student interests, ambition, and motivation. The most common forms of UR at Madison are: Research as part of a faculty-led project, Independent Study, and Professorial Assistantships. Often research can build upon work in a specific class, or can examine issues not currently explored in any MSU class.