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The Collaborative Mission

As its name implies, the St. Norbert Collaborative is the center for undergraduate, research, scholarship and creative activities. Our goal is to provide support for students, faculty and staff at all levels of undergraduate research collaboration.

The Collaborative awards semester and summer research grants and assistantships, as well as a variety of other activities that enhance undergraduate research opportunities.

In addition, the Collaborative provides travel funds for students to participate in local, regional, national and international academic conferences.

Finally, the Collaborative conducts workshops for students, faculty and staff on strategies for conducting successful undergraduate research collaborative projects. 

Definition of Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creative Activities
The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) defines collaboration or undergraduate research as “an inquiry or investigation conducted by an undergraduate student that makes an original, intellectual or creative contribution to the discipline,” while recognizing that any definition of research and scholarship is unique to each discipline and that research is frequently interdisciplinary.

More specifically, St. Norbert College defines collaboration as follows:

Undergraduate research, scholarship and creative activities include any scholarship undertaken by an undergraduate student in collaboration with a faculty or staff mentor that strives toward

  • original scholarly insights
  • new interpretations or applications of existing knowledge
  • creation of new works

Such research should add to the richness of the specific discipline and lead to professionally reviewed scholarship in the form of

  • presentations
  • exhibitions
  • publications
  • performances
In addition, students will have the opportunity to reflect critically on the collaboration process, further enhancing the research experience.

While this goal for collaboration is the foundation of the St. Norbert Collaborative, the center recognizes that undergraduate research is a developmental process and that collaboration exists on a continuum that may develop from classroom activities, internship opportunities, community-based research projects and service-learning endeavors, culminating, ideally, in research that promotes new knowledge.
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