Undergraduate Research


Undergraduate Council on Research and Scholarship

The Undergraduate Council on Research and Scholarship aims to promote a culture of inquiry by furthering professional development through the advancement of knowledge and production of research. The Council provides opportunities for the creation of distinctive curricula based upon the collective and discipline specific expertise of university faculty while fostering faculty-student mentorship at the undergraduate level.  

Summer Scholars Program

The University of Bridgeport Summer Scholars program introduces undergraduate students to research and scholarship under the guidance of faculty research mentors. Over a six week period, students experience the process of research as a creative intellectual activity in a cohort style immersive program while residing on-campus. In addition to applied research mentorship, the learning experience includes weekly educational and professional development workshops, weekly process and reflection groups, multidisciplinary trainings, as well as service and community engagement opportunities each aimed at developing foundational research skills and a discipline specific identity. The program culminates with dissemination of student/faculty research via formal presentation at the Summer Scholars Research Symposium. For more information about the program visit our website.

Council on Undergraduate Research Membership

UB’s institutional membership with the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) affords the 
faculty and students an array of opportunities. Faculty have access to funding opportunities, national and global networking, free resources for implementing research at the undergraduate level, CUR list-serv, and CUR teaching and mentorship awards. Students have access to research and travel grants, graduate school resources, undergraduate research conferences, a registry of undergraduate researchers, and research opportunities portal.

Connecticut Space Grant Consortium

The University of Bridgeport is a member of the NASA-funded Connecticut Space Grant Consortium (CTSGC).  The Consortium’s purpose is to “inspire the pursuit of careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), especially within groups who have traditionally been underrepresented within the STEM disciplines; be the model for STEM-based professional development; contribute to the development of Connecticut’s economy and STEM pipeline; and provide an environment in which all stakeholders understand and contribute to the Consortium’s mission.”

UB undergraduate students who are U.S. citizens are encouraged to apply for funding support for scholarships, research projects, travel awards, and summer opportunities. 

For more information about the program visit our website.


Dr. Jani Macari Pallis
Campus Director
Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Groundswell Literary Journal 

Groundswell is the literary journal, published annually, that features the fiction, non-fiction, poetry and visual art of UB students from all majors. Groundswell is edited and published through a joint collaboration between the Creative Writing Department and a student editor majoring in Creative Writing or English. Under the guidance of faculty advisor, Professor Eric Lehman, the student editor solicits submissions, copyedits, corresponds with contributors, secures funding, and works with UB’s graphic design majors. The resulting literary journal is published in hard copy and e-book form each spring.

For more information about the program visit our website


Prof. Eric Lehman
Associate Professor of English
Director of Creative Writing 

Engineering Grand Challenges

The University of Bridgeport Grand Challenges Scholars Program (GCSP) is approved by the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). The combined curricular and extra-curricular program is comprised of five components that are designed to prepare participants to solve one of the 14 identified Grand Challenges for Engineering in the 21st Century. 

Each academic year a cohort of undergraduate engineering students are selected for enrollment. Participants are awarded $2,000 disbursed over a period of two years and are expected to select one of the Grand Challenges for Engineering, plan and conduct a research project with a faculty mentor over an 18-month to two-year period. Components of the Grand Challenge program may include internships, entrepreneurship, research publication, conference and competition participation, overseas experience, coursework, clubs/societies memberships, university service, and community service.

For more information about UB’s Grand Challenges Scholars Program visit: website.


Dr. Jani Macari Pallis 
Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering