Undergraduate Research Opportunities

There are a wide range of opportunities for undergraduate research at Fisher College of Business. Please refer to the list below and follow the links for more information about options that interest you.

Degree with Distinction
Senior level students with serious academic research interests have the opportunity to pursue a traditional format year-long research project with a faculty advisor culminating in a major paper and oral defense and receiving a degree with distinction. Distinction candidates are required to present their findings at the annual Denman Undergraduate Research Forum.
Independent Study
Students interested in pursuing an academic topic not covered in a regularly offered course may approach a faculty member about doing an independent study. Directed study is typically jointly designed by the student and the faculty member. Students register for 693 (graded S/U) generally for 3-4 hours of elective credit. The Faculty Experts Guide can provide information on faculty areas of expertise to assist you in identifying faculty with expertise in your area of interest.
Honors Courses with Research Projects
Certain honors courses have research projects embedded in them by design. Examples are Bus Adm 499H, Bus M&L 650H, and Bus Adm 502H. Honors courses are generally limited to students participating in one of Fisher's Undergraduate Honors Programs.
Case Competitions
Each year, Fisher's Undergraduate Program fields several teams (usually of four students each) to participate in national or international case competitions. Fisher's Center for International Business Education and Research hosts the CIBER Case Challenge locally each year.
Business Plan Competitions
Similar to case competitions, Fisher also fields several teams of students each year to participate in competitions for development of new business plan proposals. Fisher's Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship hosts an annual $100,000 Business Plan Competition.
Colloquia, Seminars, Speakers
Fisher frequently hosts a variety of colloquia, seminars, and speakers on a wide range of business issues. For upcoming events, students are encouraged to periodically check the Fisher home page for more information. The weekly Burns Colloquium brings Accounting and Management Information Systems faculty, doctoral students, and visiting scholars together to discuss their current research. The colloquia are open to undergraduates.