About ORU

Office of Research for Undergraduates

The ORU encourages new students and current students to embrace a desire to engage in research. We are proud to champion the vision, marketing, and coordination of research by undergraduates at Miami with research-active faculty and staff. ORU focuses on sustaining current levels of participation in research and creative efforts, increasing the overall quality of undergraduate research at Miami as evidenced through publications, grants, and fellowships and on broadening participation to students and faculty in all disciplines.

ORU Student Services

  • Assist with the identification of appropriate funding opportunities
  • Offer clear routes to research opportunities for our undergraduates
  • Provide information about undergraduate research benefits to faculty, staff and students

ORU Director's Mission

  • Develop a strategic plan and objectives for sustaining strong research efforts, increasing activity in underutilized fields and disciplines; and improving the overall quality of research involving undergraduates, as evidenced through publications, grants, and prestigious fellowships
  • Identify curricular needs to promote research by undergraduates and generate cost-­‐effective ways to address those needs
  • Identify and secure funding for research by undergraduates and research-­‐related professional development for faculty, graduate students, and staff
  • Promote and publicize the achievements of undergraduate research efforts to the Miami community, prospective students and family members, alumni, professional organizations, funding agencies, and others

Collaboration with Committee on Undergraduate Research

The ORU Director will collaborate with the Miami University Senate Committee on Undergraduate Research whose mission is " To advance opportunities for undergraduate students to engage in mentored research, creative inquiry, scholarship, and professional experience throughout the Miami curriculum. Undergraduate research encompasses the entire spectrum of faculty- and graduate student-mentored scholarly, creative, and professional inquiry-based activities across all disciplines that will enhance students’ ability to construct knowledge and make them better prepared to serve in society as professionals and citizens."