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Undergraduate Research and Creative Works

Research Rookies Program

Research Rookies BannerThe High Point University Research Rookies Program works to incorporate students into the university’s culture of research and creative work, early in their undergraduate careers. The program is designed to create a community of undergraduate scholars and help build research-related skills to prepare students for faculty collaborative scholarship that makes an original contribution to one’s field. Getting involved in research or creative works in college helps students build unique credentials to distinguish themselves from among the 2 million other student they will graduate among and compete with for jobs or entrance into graduate and professional schools!


Freshmen and first semester Sophomores who wish to participate in the Research Rookies Program have two consecutive semesters (not including summer) to complete a series of 15 activities and one mini-research project. The activities include completing online assignments, participating in workshops, and attending movies and discussions. Some activities are required for all members of the program and the remaining ones can be selected from a set of options. These activities are all designed to help students build skills in all facets of the scholarly process. These include:

Getting Started

The Importance of Research

Research Ethics

Methods and Design

Understanding Data and Analyses

Writing Research

Presenting Research

Exploring Research Opportunities

Students who complete the Research Rookies Program will get a certificate elevating them to the status of Research Apprentice and will receive a medallion that can be worn at graduation. Research Apprentices will than be introduced to the faculty.

Freshmen and first semester sophomores who wish to apply to the Research Rookies Program should contact Dr. Joanne Altman, Director of Undergraduate Research and Creative Works: jaltman0@highpoint.edu.

Get a copy of the Research Rookies brochure here

Congratulations to our 2016-2017
Research Apprentices

Research Rookies is a program for freshman and first semester sophomores who desire to be incorporated into the research and creative works atmosphere of High Point University while still early in their undergraduate careers. Participants have two consecutive semesters to complete a variety of activities. Completing this program earns the title of Research Apprentice and shows students are committed to independent work which will give them an edge later in job interviews or application for graduate or professional schools.

This year we are excited to congratulate six students who have completed the program and have earned the title of Research Apprentice. Apprentices will be recognized at the High-PURCS symposium opening remarks.

New Spring 2017 Apprentices:

Rachel Noonan

Nicole Merry

Sarah Poiani

Melissa Martins

Kaylee Campbell

Molly Penton

Mentioned in the Fall 2016 Ceremony:

Melanie Fichialos
Riccardo De Cataldo
Mallory Roy
Dounia Ouartini
Courtney McCorkle
Deanna Lee
Jacob Lavoie
Jordan Krisfalusi
Amy Hobday
Alexandria Cedrone
Brianna Bruggeman
Sarah Mastropietro
Katie James

Contact Us

Dr. Joanne Altman, Director of Undergraduate Research and Creative Works

Phone: 336-841-9613
Email: urcw@highpoint.edu

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