Professor and student doing lab work.

A leader in research

Our reputation for top-tier undergraduate research is recognized across all schools and colleges.

In fact, it’s one of the most distinctive and defining features of a Creighton education.

  • More than 1 in 3 undergrads participate in research.
  • For five years in a row, Creighton was named a Top School for Undergraduate Research/Creative Projects by U.S. News & World Report.
  • And in 2017 and 2018, Creighton was the only Catholic school recognized in the category.

To ensure this transformative culture of research and mentorship continues to thrive at Creighton, the Center for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship (CURAS) gets our students involved in research across a variety of disciplines.

Empowering our students

When you make a gift to CURAS, you help cover the cost of scholarships, travel funds, development programming and more. You empower our students to achieve a level of hands-on understanding unknown to most undergrads throughout the nation.

Thank you for helping us maintain our status as a leader in undergraduate research!

Student Research

Maintaining a reputation for excellence in undergraduate research.


in Goldwater Scholarships

Creighton is the No. 1 producer of Goldwater Scholars among Catholic universities.


research scholarships

More than 40 CURAS-funded summer research scholarships are awarded annually.


conference presentations

More than 200 students present their findings at national and regional scholarly conferences each year.

Student Emily Harders

Better-prepared than most

“Since my freshman year, I’ve been able to work in a research lab, conducting studies on animal behavior. For three years, I’ve enjoyed the type of hands-on learning opportunities typically reserved for graduate students. That’s one of the many things that’s so unique about Creighton. I will go on to get my master’s degree and PhD better-prepared than most.”

— Emily Harders, College of Arts and Sciences

A student conducts research

A leader in research

Our undergraduate students have been involved with ...

  • A public database of the history of hate crimes committed in Nebraska
  • Studying the effects of e-cigarette aerosol on airway muscle function
  • Software that monitors safety systems of the STAR detector at Brookhaven National Laboratory
Learn more about CURAS