About OUR

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The Office for Undergraduate Research (OUR) was established in 1999 to expand the opportunities for undergraduates at UNC-Chapel Hill to engage in innovative research, mentored scholarship, creative expression, an entrepreneurship. Patricia Pukkila (Professor of Biology Emerita) served as the founding Director and Associate Dean from 1999-2013.  Following her leadership, we at OUR believe that students who experience inquiry and discovery during their college careers are better prepared to address future unsolved problems and to assume important roles as enlightened citizens and leaders. Accordingly, OUR aims to eliminate financial, social, and/or cultural barriers so that research can become a distinctive feature of the undergraduate experience for all students at UNC-Chapel Hill, a Tier 1 research-extensive university. We at the OUR are energized by the current possibilities to make undergraduate research a seamless part of the culture at UNC-Chapel Hill, and we welcome your continuing input (our@unc.edu).

Brief History

2011: UNC-Chapel Hill adopted an Academic Plan which established the goal of expanding support for undergraduate research and engaged scholarship.

2006: Undergraduate research identified as a key component of UNC-Chapel Hill’s Quality Enhancement Plan.

1999: Dr. Patricia Pukkila (Professor of Biology Emerita) was appointed as the first Associate Dean and Director of OUR, an office established to expand the opportunities for undergraduates at UNC-Chapel Hill to engage in innovative research, mentored scholarship, creative expression, and entrepreneurship.

1994: The provision of “high quality undergraduate instruction to students within a community engaged in original inquiry and creative expression” explicitly stated in the University’s mission statement.

Learn more about OUR’s history here.