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Anissa Hassouna of the Egyptian Parliament is making tangible change for global gender equality The Center of Undergraduate Excellence welcomes Hassouna as our Spring 2018 Keynote Speaker at Student Research Day!

April 27, 2018 by | Uncategorized

The Center for Undergraduate Excellence is thrilled to welcome the Honorable Member of Egyptian Parliament, Anissa Hassouna, as our Spring 2018 Student Research Day Keynote Speaker. Though she is now internationally recognized for her work in economics, politics, diplomacy, and advocacy, she began her career as a university student at the University of Cairo, studying economics

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The History of Hysteria: Alison Pirie (’18) rewrites the history of female sexuality Check out Pirie's performance art at the Guggenheim Gallery on campus, opening April 23rd!

April 25, 2018 by | Uncategorized

The zeitgeist is shifting for women in 2018, and senior Studio Art major Alison Pirie (’18) is one of the changemakers. “A year or so ago a guy said to me, ‘All you women are crazy’…and it made me think, why is it that women are always the crazy ones?” says Pirie. This exigent question

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The Center for Undergraduate Excellence is thrilled to announce our 2018 SURF Fellows!

April 20, 2018 by | Uncategorized

Every spring semester, the Center for Undergraduate Excellence has the arduous and exhilarating task of selecting Chapman University’s most distinguished student scholars and creatives to participate in the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship program. Selected students will pursue intensive research or creative projects throughout this 8-week fellowship under the expert guidance of faculty mentors in their

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Joanna Dare (’18) asks, “To what extent are lesbian markers noticeable to mainstream culture?” This senior psychology major uses scientific inquiry to understand expressions of queer identity and the implications of cultural markers.

April 17, 2018 by | Uncategorized

There seems to be no “one size fits all” when it comes to finding an academic or creative niche. Some students become inspired in the classroom, intrigued by the passionate pursuits of their professors. Others are born with an unanswered question that begs an answer only satisfiable through academic inquiry. For Joanna Dare (’18), a

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Creative Producer William Simmons (’18) is breaking the silence about human trafficking in Nevada with forthcoming film, Sonora. This Fall 2017 Center for UG Excellence Grant Recipient details his exciting senior film in collaboration with other skilled Dodge student colleagues.

April 5, 2018 by | Uncategorized

The film industry reaches beyond entertainment. It is visual storytelling. It is portraying harsh societal truths, raising awareness about injustice, bringing a voice to the voiceless. William Simmons (’18), Creative Producing major and Political Science minor here at Chapman University is using his Dodge senior capstone to produce a film that breaks the silence around

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SURF Fellow Danielle Grainger (’17) uses qualitative methods to understand young adults and substance abuse. How can prevention programs grow using the voices of recovered young adults?

March 27, 2018 by | Accomplishments

Research and creative activity isn’t limited to theories, numerical data, charts, and proofs. Research has the power to create real change in the lives of others, contributing to activism, social movements, everyday health, and daily obstacles. Center for Undergraduate Excellence’s lauded summer program, the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship provides an ample platform to begin working

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Center for Undergraduate Excellence Grant Proposals due April 13th! You have an idea for a project. We have the funds you need to make it happen.

March 20, 2018 by | Uncategorized

You have a question. You have an idea. You have a faculty mentor. You are ready to start your undergraduate research career! But what you may not have is the finances to make it happen. Center for Undergraduate Excellence wants to help! Undergraduate students at Chapman University have the opportunity to make their creative projects

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Petit Fours and Presidential Persuasion: Erika Gibson (’17) talks food and history in her published research, “Frenchified” Chapman University History alumna and masters student explores French food and the White House.

March 13, 2018 by | Uncategorized

Erika Gibson (’17), graduate of Chapman’s History department, and now War and Society’s Masters student, can be described as a time-traveling, historical archaeologist of sorts. Her undergraduate research career is extensive and impressive, including a number of fellowships, research expeditions from Boston to Austin, and even conferences that have taken her as far as Rome,

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The Tide Turns at OURCA: New Director Julye Bidmead, PhD. takes the helm and announces big news! OURCA is now The Center for Undergraduate Excellence

March 7, 2018 by | Uncategorized

Change is in the air here at Chapman University. With the Keck Center nearly standing in completion, acceptances rolling out to future panthers, and spring air sweeping through Atallah Plaza, it is no surprise that change has infiltrated the Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity. Though we are saddened that Dr. Anna Leahy has

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Axiomatization and partial algebras with Sarah Alexander (’18) and Nadiya Upegui (’18) 2017 SURF fellows share their summer research experiences and discoveries!

February 20, 2018 by | Profiles

In the academic off-season, Chapman University welcomes motivated students across all disciplines to OURCA’s Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program. While many students are tanning at the Southern California beaches, selected students, along with a faculty mentor, spend over 30 hours a week immersed in their proposed research project. Math majors Sarah Alexander (’18) and