Student Impact

ECU’s research students, working both individually and in teams, are discovering powerful and sustainable solutions for pressing health, education and economic prosperity challenges. Read more about our students and the impact they’re having on the community.

Undergraduate Research Stats


Percentage of ECU students that said undergraduate research contributed to their personal or professional growth


Average amount given annually by ECU to support faculty-mentored undergraduate research


Record number of presentations at ECU’s 2018 RCAW event


Percentage of students nationally that said their interest in STEM fields increased after participating in undergraduate research

Academic Benefits

  • Designated a “high-impact” practice due to its positive association with student learning and retention
  • Increases enrollment in graduate education and provides effective career preparation
  • Develops critical thinking, creativity, problem solving and intellectual independence
  • Develops an understanding of research methodology
  • Promotes an innovation-oriented culture

Student Research Profiles

Student Research Videos

Rachel Winn, Nutrition Science

ECU undergraduate student Rachel Winn discusses her research project on teaching people in rural communities how to buy healthy food on a budget.

Rural Prosperity Research Team, REDE

ECU undergraduate students describe their research efforts dedicated to the university’s Rural Prosperity Initiative.