If you are looking for an existing research opportunity, thinking about designing a research project of your own, or just wondering whether or not research is for you, the Office of Undergraduate Research is a good place to start.
The Office of Undergraduate Research also hosts an Undergraduate Symposium and publishes two journals: the Washington University Senior Honors Thesis Abstracts and Washington University Undergraduate Research Digest.
Open Scholarship provides access to the scholarly output of faculty, staff, and students from Washington University in St. Louis. In 2011, the Faculty Senate passed the Open Access Resolution in order to make "scholarship and creative works freely and easily available to the world community." The Open Scholarship site was officially launched on March 26, 2012 as a platform for realizing this goal. Supported by the Libraries, Open Scholarship is a further step in the University's commitment to open access.
What does that mean for you? Open Scholarship is a place where you can share your work — some courses have developed collections to showcase undergraduate work. In addition, students can submit their posters from the Undergraduate Research Symposium or their senior honors papers. Open Scholarship also includes digital versions of WUURD and WUSHTA published by the Office of Undergraduate Research.
Potential benefits include
Impact & Visibility: If someone searches for you online, what would you like your top search result to be? How about information about your undergraduate studies and research?
Statistics: You can receive monthly download counts (if an email address is included)
Stability & Authority: A persistent URL maintained by Washington University that you can link to from social media, email, your CV, etc. The Libraries are also assigning DOIs (Digital Object Identifiers) so that if the platform or website changes, the link will still be active.
Authorial Control: You decide how much can be read and when. You can include additional files, such as data, images, or other supplemental files not part of the full-text of the dissertation or thesis.
Connections: People interested in your research, such as other researchers or publishers, can find out about your work and contact you.
However, as you should by now be aware, sharing your work online can have a worldwide reach. Talk to your mentor, advisor, or PI and discuss the benefits and risks of submitting your poster or senior paper to Open Scholarship.
Register for your academia.edu profile. Academia.edu allows you to share your papers, see analytics on your publications, and converse with other scholars in your field. Academia.edu offers support articles that will help you troubleshoot issues you might have with your account. Academia.edu's copyright FAQ is also important to be aware of.
Be careful of letting the system harvest from Scholarship@Claremont. The library follows sharing policies and enters into agreements with publishers that could be violated by pulling the full text into this system.