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Undergraduate Research @ SFA

Stephen F. Austin State University has adopted "High-Impact Practices to Enhance Student Learning" as our Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). High-impact practices incorporated into course content engages students in learning, which improves higher-order thinking skills and overall student success. Undergraduate research, which often includes field-based learning, are high-impact practices adopted by SFA.

Click here to learn about past undergraduate research activities at SFA.

The QEP offers an opportunity to expand and improve the undergraduate research activities already underway at SFA.

Amanda NolanWater Research Fieldwork

Anthropology and Archaeology Lab






(From left to right: Amanda Nolan, a junior in the Chemistry department, was accepted into the prestigious summer National Science Foundation's Research Experience for Undergradutes Program in biotechnology; Students in the Division of Environmental Science in the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture take water quality monitoring measurements in the field; Carlos Cooper, a student in the Anthropology program, examines sherds in the Anthropology and Archaeology Laboratory.)

Featured Accomplishments in Undergradate Research

Students at CapitolPresentations - Travis Perlman, Forestry, and Kent Rutherford, Social Work, had poster presentations of their research displayed at both the Undergraduate Research Conference at SFA last April and at Undergraduate Research Day in Texas, held at the state Capitol on February 14, 2011. This biennial event showcases research experiences of undergraduate students to Texas legislators and the public.

Perlman's poster was titled, "The Effects of Food Quality on Perference and Incurred Predation Risk in White-Tailed Deer," and Rutherford's was titled, "The 'Roots' of Social Justice."





AlineInternship - Alvine Sangang, a senior ecomonics major, is a vivid example of what a motivated student can achieve at SFA. As one of ten select students in the Georgia State Policy Studies internship program, Sangang completed an extensive research project and learned more about the environment for doctoral study.

Her internship culminated in the presentation of a research paper that she revised and expanded as part of Dr. Phelps' Intership in Ecomonics course. With Dr. Phelps' encouragement, she submitted the paper to the Southwest Decision Sciences Institute for conference presentation. The paper was accepted for the conference held in Dallas in March 2010, where it won the award for Best Undergraduate Paper.