Uncommon research opportunities at FLC

Unique to higher education, undergraduates at Fort Lewis College can conduct original research in all majors across campus. You can design projects, support faculty on theirs, and learn from their expertise.

In the process, you’ll develop creativity and independent thought, learn to ask questions, problem-solve, analyze, and communicate your findings to others. You can write grants and present your findings on campus and at local, regional, or national conferences.

UGR events & activities

Connect with staff, faculty, and peers at the UGR hosted events.

Attend the UGR Speaker Series for engaging talks, refreshments, and great conversations, find your dream job opportunity at the Grad Plus Fair, and celebrate our students' hard research work at the Fall Symposium and Spring Symposium & Gala.

A student presents her research on a poster at the Undergraduate Research Symposium


Capstone projects

You’ll learn by doing at many stages in your time at FLC. Most seniors complete capstone projects like working with a faculty member to understand the ancient volcanoes of the San Juan Mountains, exploring the relationship between the history of uranium mining and the establishment of Canyonlands National Park, or writing and producing a new theatrical performance.

Share your research

Every spring and fall, students present their work at an Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creative Activities Symposium, and can submit their work for publishing through the online journal, Metamorphosis.


Dr. Christine Smith

Undergraduate Research Support Coordinator

Dr. Christine Smith, Undergraduate Research Support Coordinator

Hi, I am Christine! I'm available as a resource to you as you get involved in undergraduate research. Call on me for research support, including:

  • Brainstorming and talking about your areas of research interest
  • Connecting you with potential mentors who can help you design and execute projects
  • Grant applications to support your project or travel to conferences
  • Preparing a poster or oral presentation
  • Crafting an elevator pitch for your project
  • Creating a research e-portfolio that you can share with future employers

Make an appointment and we'll chat!

Grants for students of color

Research is impacted by the researcher. In an effort to increase the breadth and diversity of researchers’ backgrounds, and create a more inclusive scientific knowledge base, a variety of grant and scholarship opportunities are available to students of color.


Undergraduate Research Training Initiative for Student Enhancement

Faculty mentors at FLC train a small group of highly qualified junior and senior under-represented students in an honors program strong in research opportunities and science curriculum for careers in biomedical or behavioral science research.

More about U-RISE

Pathways to Science

Institute for Broadening Participation

Pathways to Science supports students of underrepresented groups in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields with programs, funding, mentoring and other resources.

Go to Pathways to Science