Think and create outside classroom walls
Research, scholarly and creative activities help hone students’ critical thinking skills and contribute to students’ professional and personal development. Moreover, they encourage self-directed inquiry and promote the creation of new and original ideas. Students who engage in research, scholarly and creative activities improve their information literacy, enhance their writing and communication skills, and experience the thrill of collaboration.
The Office of Student Research and Creative Activities (OSRCA) is dedicated to helping students identify opportunities for research and creative activity, locate resources to help fund them and then, not least, share the results of their work with peers and members of the general public.
OSRCA maintains connections with faculty in all departments and disciplines across campus. We can help you identify a direction for your research and put you in touch with a faculty research mentor.
OSRCA helps students locate grant funding, offered both internally and through resources outside the university, to support their research ambitions. It oversees the UW Oshkosh Graduate Student/Faculty Collaborative Research Grants program, the Undergraduate Student/Faculty Collaborative Research Grants program, and an Undergraduate Small Grants program.
Share your work
Conducting research and engaging in creative work are valuable experiences in themselves, but what makes them truly relevant is when they are shared with other people, whether they are peers who share the same discipline or individuals who have no connection to your field. OSRCA encourages students to present their work at venues such as its annual Celebration of Scholarship, the UW System Symposium for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity, Research in the Rotunda and the National Conference on Undergraduate Research. We also act as a clearinghouse for information regarding research conference presentation opportunities. Finally, we provide students with an opportunity to publish their research in our undergraduate research journal, Oshkosh Scholar, and showcase their creative work in the multimedia website Spectrum.