Creative Inquiry and Undergraduate Research

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Welcome to Creative Inquiry

It's the generation of an Aha! moment. It's small-group learning for 17,000. It's the imaginative combination of engaged learning and undergraduate research, and it is undergraduate research unique to Clemson University.

Students take on problems that spring from their own curiosity, from a professor's challenge or from the pressing needs of the world around them. Team-based investigations are led by a faculty mentor and typically span two to four semesters. Students take ownership of their projects and take the risks necessary to solve problems and get answers.

Topics are boundless. Students often find themselves presenting their work at national conferences, fielding questions from professionals. This invaluable experience produces exceptional graduates. Our Creative Inquiry participants develop critical thinking skills, learn to solve problems as a team and hone their communication and presentation skills.

What does it take? Commitment and curiosity. You'll need the desire to be creative, to work with a group of peers for several semesters and to be mentored by a faculty member or advanced graduate student. Course credit is given.

undergraduate research begin quote My background through my CI program allowed me to gain important skills about device development, and my in-the-field education in Tanzania, allowed me to grasp global health on a level that other applicants lacked. CI created the perfect program to help me transition into a fast-paced, high caliber, extremely competitive graduate curriculum. I will always owe my current status to my CI and my wonderful CI advisors. undergraduate research end quote
Kaitlyn Harfmann

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