Research and Creative Inquiry Resources

Research and Creative Inquriy Symposia Lecture Series

Here you will find copies of the slides from our research symposia prep sessions. 

  • Click here to download a copy of the Research and Creative Inquriy: Where Do I Begin? Powerpoint slides.
  • Click here to download a copy of the How to Write an Abstract Powerpoint slides.
  • Click here to download a copy of the How to Give a Poster Presentation Powerpoint slides. 
  • Click here to download a copy of the How to Give an Oral Presentation Powerpoint slides. 

Student and Faculty Research Grants and Travel Awards

Here you will find external undergraduate research/creative inquiry grants and travel awards listed by academic discipline.

  • Click here to access the Student Research Grant and Travel Awards page.
  • Click here to access the Faculty Research Grant and Travel Awards page.

L. Douglas Wilder Library and Learning Resource Center

The library strives to provide a learning environment that enhances each user’s understanding of the research process. It facilitates lifelong learning by enabling users, especially students, gain the knowledge and tools necessary for education in and out of the classroom. Librarians are available on a “one-on-one” basis to answer questions and assist students with research questions. The library faculty and staff are eager to help learners find and evaluate the information sources they need. 

VUU Institutional Review Board

Virginia Union University (VUU) is responsible for safeguarding the rights and welfare of human subjects involved in research activities. Any project originating at VUU which uses human subjects, including self-experimentation, is subject to review and approval by the Institutional Review Board (IRB) for the Protection of Human Subjects. Studies may not begin until an IRB review process is fully executed and the protocol is approved by the members of the IRB. If a research project is to be done at an institution other than VUU, the Principal Investigator (PI) must follow that institution’s IRB process.

Application Forms:

For more information on the VUU Institutional Review Board process click here.

Council on Undergraduate Research

The mission of the Council on Undergraduate Research is to support and promote high-quality undergraduate student-faculty collaborative research and scholarship.

VUU is now an Enhanced Institutional Member of the Council on Undergraduate Research. Click here to learn more about the benefits and how to register as an individual member for free! 

Visit the Council on Undergraduate Research site for more information on undergraduate research conferences, and research opportunities.

CUR Registry of Undergraduate Researchers 

The Council on Undergraduate Research’s Registry of Undergraduate Researchers is a free resource designed to facilitate matchmaking between undergraduates with research experience and a desire to pursue an advanced degree, and graduate schools seeking high quality students who are well prepared for research. Student information records will be made available to graduate schools or research programs that contract with CUR for this service. Graduate school representatives may contact students to invite applications or visits to the campus and laboratory, or to share information about their research programs and financial support opportunities.

Click here to learn more about the registry and how to register for free!

Undergraduate Research Commons

The Undergraduate Research Commons (URC) is a portal showcasing outstanding published works authored by thousands of undergraduate students. The portal was built to provide greater visibility to exemplary student works.

In the URC, you can browse more than 700 undergraduate research publications including award-winning research, conferences, posters and presentations, fieldwork and class projects, honors theses and capstone projects, creative works, and research papers. An infographic on the homepage displays the content based on subject area and publication type.   


This website provides listings of internships, experiential learning opportunities, academic fellowships and scholarships funded by government and private sector organizations. These programs are administered by ORAU and the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE). Visitors to the site may view available opportunities by selecting the Opportunity Catalog.