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Welcome Students

We’re wishing you all the best for the new semester!

Regardless of whether you are new on your research journey, or can develop a research project from start to finish, Smith Institute wants to support you in your research journey.

What is Research?

Johnson C. Smith University has defined research1 as: 

The systematic, disciplined investigation of a question with a clear, defined goal but without a preconceived end in order to create knowledge for the self or for the broader community.


Student Research Travel Scholarships

Ready to present your research at a conference? Smith Institute for Applied Research offers Conference Travel Support Scholarships for students! Apply here for travel scholarships! Each scholarship provides up to $1500 to individual Johnson C. Smith University undergraduate or graduate students to toward the cost of travel to attend or present at a professional conference or professional meeting.


Smith Institute Strategy Programs and Impact

Learn more about the benefits fo undergraduate research, Smith Institute for Applied Research’s strategy, signature programs, and our impact. (more…)

Awards Ceremony for the 2020 Student Research Poster Competition

Congratulations to all of our undergraduate students who participated in the 2020 Student Research Poster Competition! Watch, below to see who won in each category!


Undergraduate Student Research Competition hosted virtually by Smith Institute

Cheer on JCSU undergraduate researchers as they compete for cash prizes! See the research posters!


Become a Grow With the Green Fellow

JCSU has partnered with the American Heart Association to develop the Grow with the Green Fellowship, an intensive two-semester long program for students interested in community-based research, food security, and health and nutrition. During this program, Fellows develop research skills while implementing initiatives in the Historic West End to help increase food security. (more…)

Visit JCSU Alerts site for updates to COVID-19 Response

Visit JCSU Alerts site for updates to COVID-19 Response. Please be safe!

CURE Fellows Present Research at SoTL Commons Conference

February 20, 2020– The 2019-2020 cohort of CURE Fellows presented their research during the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning academic conference. Their research evaluated the effectiveness of the courses they redeveloped during the Fellowship.

Research on the effectiveness of CUREs focuses on STEM disciplines, with little attention to the social sciences, arts, or humanities. Additionally, CURE research exclusive to HBCUs is lacking. This project fills this gap by introducing research on the efficacy of CURE across multiple disciplines at an HBCU.


Abstract Writing Workshops

Smith Institute for Applied Research has offered Abstract Writing Workshops during several dates and times to prepare students for the Poster Competition. Missed the presentation? You can now view our YouTube Research How-to Playlist to learn some fundamentals of research. Offered from March 2nd-5th, the workshops will allow students to submit a competitive abstract for the deadline of March 11th at 11:59pm. The workshop will feature training, exercises, and activities during which students will complete their abstracts.