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Undergraduate Research Collection

Identifier: EAU142

Scope and Contents

The Undergraduate Research Collection contains material starting in 1994-2017. This collection on includes program and abstract booklets, announcements, schedule of events, proposal guidelines, applications, and several forms of correspondence. A majority of the material are program and abstract booklets relating to SURF (Student Undergraduate Research Forum) from 1994-2017.


  • 1993-ongoing

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research

Conditions Governing Use

The nature of the Archives and Special Collections of Belk Library means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. The Archives and Special Collections of Belk Library claims only physical ownership of most materials. The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to the U.S. Copyright Law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research of otherwise should be fully credited with the source.

Biographical / Historical

The Undergraduate Research Collection includes information related to several forums for Undergraduate Research. This includes CELEBRATE!, SOURCE (Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Endeavours), SURE (Summer Undegraduate Research Experience), SURF (Spring Undergraduate Research Forum), NCUR (National Conferences on Undergraduate Research), and Undergraduate Research. The first record of Undergraduate Research at Elon University was a memorandum from 1994 calling for the recommendation of students to participate in the Student Undergraduate Research Forum. In 1995, NCUR was introduced to Elon University and provided students with the opportunity to share their research with others around the country. CELEBRATE started at Elon University in 2006 to include "a week-long celebration of student achievements in academics and the arts" in edition to SURF Day. SURE is an eight week program for Elon students to work on full-time research with a faculty member. The first document mentioning SURE is an email invitation to attend the students final presentations. The first record of SOURCE is an email correspondence from 2007 describing it as "not a venue for presentation of the product of research, but rather a forum for discussion of the practice of undergraduate research".


1.5 Linear Feet (3 archival boxes)

Language of Materials



This collection includes documents relating to undergraduate research at Elon University, beginning in 1993 and continuing into the present day. Materials included in the collection (but are not limited to) are: newspaper clippings, flyers, program abstracts, schedule of events, press releases, and emails. This collection is arranged alphabetically and then chronologically. Please see the section below titled "Historical Note" for more information.


This collection is arranged alphabetically and then chronologically.

Physical Location

The collection is located in the Carol Grotnes Belk Library Archives and Special Collections at Elon University. Please contact the Archivist and special Collections Librarian for further details about the location.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Unknown. Materials collected and assembled over many years to form collection.

Processing Information

Processed by Rachel Feld, Feburary, 2018

Rachel Feld
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Repository Details

Part of the Belk Library Archives & Special Collections Repository

100 Campus Drive
2550 Campus Box
Elon North Carolina 27244 USA