RISE is Research:
The RISE Learning Institute empowers BC faculty and students interested in research.
What is Undergraduate Research?
Undergraduate research is an inquiry or investigation conducted by an undergraduate that makes an original intellectual or creative contribution to the discipline. At Bellevue College, research can be a part of a course, an independent study with a faculty member, an activity of a student club, or an off-campus internship or experience. Undergraduate research elevates student engagement and excitement about learning and discovery.
Participating in an undergraduate research opportunity has been shown to increase student learning outcomes and facilitate the development of critical 21st century skills such as project management, problem solving, communication, collaboration and a strong work ethic. Doing undergraduate research is a chance to get experience in the actual process and practice of a field of study and to make a genuine contribution that advances that field. It builds real-world professional skills and can open doors for transfer to a four-year institution, for graduate school, or for research based careers.
RISE is here to help you take advantage of the research opportunities available here at BC.
Explore the undergraduate research gallery of students who presented at the University of Washington Undergraduate Research Symposium and see what kinds of research projects BC students are engaged in.
Join a student club that has a research focus.
Psi Beta Honor Society
Psi Beta is the national honor society in psychology for students in two-year colleges.
The mission of Psi Beta Honor Society is to promote professional development of psychology students in two-year colleges through promotion and recognition of excellence in scholarship, leadership, research, and community service. Advisors: Rika Meyer and Deepthi Karkhanis
Read an article about how three BC students presented their research at the Western Psychology Association’s Annual Conference in Sacramento, CA.
Take a research based course.
CHEM 272: Undergraduate Research in Chemistry (6 cr), Offered Winter 2018 or BIOL 275: Laboratory Methods in Genomics (6 cr.), Offered Fall 2017, Winter & Spring 2018. *Note: BIOL 211 utilizes this same laboratory curriculum and allows students to contribute to this research on a slightly smaller scale.Read about how challenging and rewarding doing undergraduate research is in this BC student’s own words as they reflect on their experience in both BIO 211 and BIOL 275.
Explore off-campus research opportunities.
Summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates
Research and Internship Opportunities for Undergraduates
Community College Internships with the Department of Energy