Rise Above – Undergraduate Research Devise & ConquerA Senior Research Project A group of theatre students have put a creative twist on their senior project, turning their research on theatre into a humorous play. Read more » Dillon Whittington "My research is a combination of the two things I cannot live without—music and video games." Learn more » 499 Resources Looking for enrollment forms, applications, or other resources related to your 499? Find them here. Learn more » Apply what you learn in the classroom on campus and beyond through undergraduate research. Explore a topic related to your career interest or graduate school. Build skills and experience to strengthen your résumé, to land competitive jobs, or to get into a competitive graduate school. Develop critical-thinking skills and increase your interaction and learning from your professors with one-on-one faculty-mentored research projects. Many of our students already conduct research, perform on stage, exhibit original artwork, present at conferences, and publish written works. Milligan’s RISE Above program will provide more opportunities for more students to participate in these experiences of research and creative expression. As part of Milligan’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), undergraduate students are encouraged to participate in at least one extensive learning project beyond the classroom before you graduate. Build on your classroom education and explore a topic of real interest to you. Value. Examine. Create. Share. RISE Above is designed to move traditional undergraduate students progressively through four major learning principles. In the freshman and sophomore years, building on courses already in place, RISE Above will focus on strengthening connections between knowledge and skill and promoting the inherent value of participating in research. In the junior and senior years, students will be invited to work on independent research projects, mentored by Milligan professors, and present their findings in a public forum. Benefits of Undergraduate Research The benefits of undergraduate research activities are well-documented. Students who participate can expect academic and cognitive gains as well as enhanced career development and preparation for graduate school. Faculty-mentors reap intrinsic benefits—finding personal and professional satisfaction in modeling life-long learning through relationships with students—and they benefit from the professional development that can come from such activities. Institutions benefit from the activities and excitement that come to a campus when faculty and students collaborate on research.