At Clemson University, that’s the unique combination of engaged learning and undergraduate research.
Teams of students take on problems that spring from their own curiosity, from a professor’s challenge or from the pressing needs of the world around them. The range of topics is endless. Projects tend to be long-term, spanning three or four semesters. Students are encouraged to take ownership of their projects and to take risks. They learn to work as a team. They develop communication skills.
“We want all of our graduates to be thinkers, leaders and entrepreneurs,” says Provost Dori Helms. “We want them to be able to approach a task or a problem and figure out how to solve it.
That’s the idea behind Clemson’s Creative Inquiry program.