Research Opportunities

Research Opportunities with Wake Forest

The Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Center’s (URECA) mission is to promote and celebrate mentored scholarship, primarily through the flagship research programs listed below. Undergraduate research has been an important cornerstone of the College’s commitment to academic excellence.

Wake Forest students present the results of their research projects at the annual Undergraduate Research Day at the Clinical Research Center on Friday, October 1, 2021. President Susan R. Wente listens to Tommy Mehaffey talk about his research into limb regeneration in axolotl.
Wake Forest students present the results of their research projects at the annual Undergraduate Research Day at the Clinical Research Center.

Wake Forest Research Fellowship

Wake Forest Research Fellowships (WFRF) are designed to provide students with the opportunity to participate in intensive scholarship under the mentorship of a Wake Forest University faculty member across the summer months. The fellowship provides a $4,000 stipend and housing for a 10-week summer fellowship to conduct research with a Wake Forest Reynolda College faculty mentor.


Wake Forest Arts & Humanities Research Fellowship

Wake Forest Arts and Humanities Research Fellowships (WFA&HF) are designed to provide students with the opportunity to participate in intensive scholarship under the mentorship of a Wake Forest University faculty member across the summer months. The WFA&HF provides a $2,000 stipend and housing to support half-summer (5 week) projects mentored by Reynolda College faculty in Divisions I (Humanities), II (Literature), and III (Fine Arts).


Richter Scholarship Program

Wake Forest Arts and Humanities Research Fellowships (WFA&HF) are designed to provide students with the opportunity to participate in intensive scholarship under The Richter Scholar awards are available for graduate and undergraduate students for the purpose of globally-oriented independent study in foreign countries. Students are encouraged to pursue enriching, broadening projects that have the promise of being life-changing. To enrich the independent study experience, each student is required to have a faculty mentor for their project. The Richter Scholarship awards up to $6,000 to cover travel and living expenses.


External Research Opportunities

The National Science Foundation funds a large number of research opportunities for undergraduate students through its Research Experiences for Undergraduates program. Each student is associated with a specific research project, where they work closely with the faculty and other researchers. Students are granted stipends and, in many cases, assistance with housing and travel.

Research Experiences for Undergraduates

The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation. REU projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the REU program.