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Undergraduate Research and Creative Work

Undergraduate research currently plays an important role in the life of the college. Students conduct research and creative work within their disciplines, through Honors and Distinction programs, and as part of the Vernon L. Pack Society for Community-Based Research. In each of these programs, students have the opportunity to work collaboratively with faculty members to pose meaningful theoretical questions, design research programs, and prepare scholarly presentations and publications. These experiences take students on a journey of intellectual inquiry that culminates in an original contribution to a body of knowledge and/or creative works in the student’s discipline.

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Opportunities to Earn this Card

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Learning Outcomes

  • Students will integrate knowledge within their discipline toward complex problems or contexts.
  • Students will use appropriate strategies and tools to present and analyze information.
  • Students will utilize creativity in approaching new problems or situations.
  • Students will understand the ethical implications of scholarly work within their chosen field.
  • Students will show the ability to acquire, interpret and organize new knowledge.

Personalized Cardinal Experience 

Many courses, co-curricular activities, research opportunities, non-credit bearing work, and off-campus experiences can serve as a Personalized Cardinal Experience (PCE). Review the application for the Undergraduate Research and Creative Work Card to determine if an experience may qualify. Each Personalized Cardinal Experience needs to be sponsored by a faculty or staff member who will help you identify how the experience will meet the criteria for earning a Card. A PCE Checklist should be completed with your sponsor prior to participation. 

To start your Personalized Cardinal Experience journey complete the form below with your Card sponsor 

Personalized Cardinal Experience Undergraduate Research and Creative Work

More Information

Exceptional undergraduate research and creative work can also be conducted as part of our Honors program and/or Distinction program. Funding for projects is available from the Student Research Fund.  For more information on undergraduate research and creative work opportunities visit the Research at Otterbein site.


Melissa Gilbert
Associate Dean Experiential Learning and Community Engagement

Chelsie Lakeman
Five Cards Graduate Assistant

p/ 614.823.1270
e/ 5cards@otterbein.edu

Undergraduate Research and Creative Work Card