Shepherd University’s Sparks Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creative Works is an editorially reviewed multidisciplined publication that aims to showcase outstanding student works for a worldwide audience.

Shepherd University’s Undergraduate Research Initiative Mission Statement

Our mission is to create a culture that values, supports, and celebrates student engagement in faculty-mentored research and creative activities. These activities will be widely accessible, high-impact, transformative experiences that promote Shepherd University’s core values of learning, engagement, integrity, accessibility, and community. (Approved by the Faculty, Spring 2011)

Shepherd University’s Definition of Undergraduate Research

An inquiry or investigation conducted by an undergraduate student that makes an original intellectual or creative contribution to the discipline. (Adapted from the Council on Undergraduate Research and Approved by the Faculty, Spring 2011)