FBI Special Agent Frederick J. Simon Comes to Chapman Chapman University Student Scholar Symposium will feature a keynote address from FBI Special Agent Simon

November 27, 2018 by | Uncategorized

On December 5, the Center for Undergraduate Excellence will host our semi-annual CU Student Scholar Symposium, featuring keynote speaker FBI Special Agent Frederick J. Simon. Special Agent Simon currently works as a Private Sector Coordinator for the Office of Public and Congressional Affairs, evaluating, educating, and improving security for local institutions from private mom-and-pop businesses


Faculty Research & Creative Expo a Success! Chapman Faculty present their research and recruit student researchers

November 9, 2018 by | Uncategorized

Tuesday night, Chapman faculty gathered to present their research and recruit student researchers to assist them with their projects at the annual Faculty Research & Creative Expression Expo put on by the Center for Undergraduate Excellence. Professors from nearly every college on campus discussed their research with students. Research topics this year were incredibly varied,


James Francese (‘19) Investigates Bi-Quaternionic Manifolds Mathematics researcher used his SURF Fellowship to combine algebra, geometry, and Clifford analysis.

October 22, 2018 by | Uncategorized

Many students think of math as another graduation requirement to get through rather than a growing and changing field. However, those who take the time to delve into the subject find openings for research and inquiry that others may have overlooked. Such is the case with James Francese, a senior Mathematics and Philosophy double major


Lunch with a Professor Students and Professors love chatting about research, academic advice, and life over lunch

October 11, 2018 by | Uncategorized

Last week was Chapman’s semi-annual Lunch with a Professor event, where students and professors can meet and talk over a free lunch at Randall Dining Commons. Students and faculty from across campus congregated in the Commons to discuss everything from class to future career goals, research to life advice. All around the Commons, students and


Lauren Friend (’19) Researches Hagfish Movement SURF Fellow details her research into the space-dependent movement of hagfish.

October 8, 2018 by | Profiles

Research comes in many different shapes and sizes. Sometimes students find themselves drawn to fields they had never known existed. Sometimes students find their new work so interesting that they decide to pursue it over the summer. The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF), a program within the Center for Undergraduate Excellence, provides support for students


Freshmen and Sophomores: Take Your Scholarship Abroad!! Check out the amazing overseas scholarship and fellowship opportunities for underclassmen!

September 19, 2018 by | Uncategorized

Ask any faculty involved in research and creative activity here on campus at Chapman University, and they will likely give this piece of advice to any aspiring academic: get involved early. For first-year and second year students, this means now is the best time to dive headfirst into any academic pursuit that might intrigue you. Though


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


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


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


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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