Undergraduate Research at Western

Undergraduates Expand Their Horizons through Research at Western

Research, involving the observation, consideration or learning of previously unknown ideas, is the heart of Western's mission. We strongly encourage undergraduate students to pursue research projects as an important supplement to their curriculum.


Real-world experience confronting and solving genuinely new problems provides an excellent preparation for life after Western in a variety of career paths. The opportunity to pursue a topic or idea in an independent way with faculty involvement or supervision provides an important path to intellectual growth. Projects leading to publication bring a valuable distinction to a student's resume in today's competitive world.


Celebration of Scholarship

Western sustains many different kinds of opportunity for research, including faculty-led projects, student-led projects and collaborative projects. These are showcased each semester by the university's Celebration of Scholarship presentations, where students present their research and creative works in either oral presentations or poster presentations.