Undergraduate Research

What is undergraduate research?

The Council on Undergraduate Research defines undergraduate research as “An inquiry or investigation conducted by an undergraduate student that makes an original intellectual or creative contribution to the discipline.”

Therefore, undergraduate research is any scholarly research or creative work that is conducted as an undergraduate student, that is, before they receive a Bachelor’s degree.


Dixie State will host the first Regional Research Symposium (R2S) on April 6, 2018. All students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members are welcome to present their research, creative works, or innovations. The event is open to the public and free to attend! More information can be found here – R2S.


ReSEARCH SCHOLAR MEDALS (Graduation medals)

Students that engage in research, and bring their projects to a stage where it can be presented and written into paper format, may receive our Research Scholar designation and graduation medal. To qualify for the Research Scholar designation, you must have completed the following requirements prior to graduation:

1. Complete at least two semesters of independent research under the advisement of a DSU faculty mentor;
2. Present your work in any form (oral, poster, exhibit, performance, etc) at any conference or other public venue (you must email a copy of your presentation with your application);
3. A “product”, in the form of a formal written paper, report, publication (you must email a copy of your presentation with your application)

The application can be found here.

If you have any questions, please contact the Research Office.

How to fund your research:

The Dixie State University Student Senate Association (DSUSA) allocates funds to students who wish to conduct academic projects that enhance a student’s educational goals. This year, DSUSA will allocate up to $20,000 dollars toward students’ academic goals.
Types of projects funded:

  • Senior Capstone
  • Academic conferences
  • Travel reimbursement
  • Workshops
  • Research expenses

Contact a senator:

Students interested in funding should contact the senator who represents their academic school. Senators will help students draft a bill that will go before the entire Senate for approval. For more information, email your senator. Each senator is listed by academic discipline: DSUSA.


Rico Delsesto

Email: research@dixie.edu
Phone: 435-652-4488