Programs and Funding

The Undergraduate Research and Creative Work program supports undergraduate scholarly work with a high-level of faculty mentorship across disciplines.

Through funding support, administration of research fellowships, marketing of opportunities, showcasing completed projects, and providing resources for students and faculty mentors, we aim to ensure access to Undergraduate Research & Creative Work Opportunities for all CSB/SJU students.


Grant Program
We offer grants to support students conducting or presenting research or creative work.

Driven 2 Discover Funding for Research at the MN State Fair 
CSB/SJU Undergraduate Research provides funding for faculty-student teams to conduct research at the Driven to Discover Research Facility (D2D) at the Minnesota State Fair. 

Summer Research Microgrants 
We offer microgrants to faculty to support small summer research projects for undergraduate researchers. 

Programs & Fellowships:

Emerging Scholars Program 
A competitive, year-long mentored research experience for first year students who are underrepresented in their area of study or traditionally underrepresented at institutions of higher education. 

Summer Collaborative Grant &  Interdisciplinary Faculty Collaborative Grant
Each summer, we sponsor an on-campus summer research program for 13 CSB/SJU faculty-student teams to complete a 10 week research or creative work project.

Student Health Assistants Program
We administer a highly structured, yearlong experiential learning and research program for CSB/SJU pre-professional health students at the Emergency Department of St. Cloud Hospital.

Innovation Scholars
We administer an unparalleled interdisciplinary research opportunity for selected undergraduate students to research specific projects submitted by Mayo Clinic professionals or Medical Start-Up Companies in Minnesota, exploring the exploration of science and entrepreneurship, with results in technology transfer.

Distinguished Thesis 
The CSBSJU Distinguished Thesis is a three semester long independent research or creative work project on a subject of your own choosing. Students work under the direction of a thesis committee, composed of a primary advisor who is the expert in the area of research and two readers who have peripheral expertise. For many students, the pursuit of the Distinguished Thesis is the highlight of their academic career.


Celebrating Scholarship and Creativity Day
Each April, our program hosts our annual Celebrating Scholarship and Creativity Day where we acknowledge the scholarly and creative work completed over the academic year.

UR Workshops & Talks 
Each academic year, we offer a series of workshops and talks for faculty, staff, and students that promote professional development and accessibility to undergraduate research. Our topics range from research skill development, training on useful tools and techniques, development of competitive proposals, preparing for conference presentations, and more!

MPCC Scholars Showcase with MN Legislators

Students from the 16 of MN private colleges present what their research findings and scholarly development to policymakers and the large MN community! From philosophy to nursing and chemistry to operations management, the breadth of the subject matter presented here represents the wide range of student learning that occurs every day at Minnesota Private Colleges. Undergraduate Research coordinates the opportunity for CSB/SJU students to participate!