Common Core Undergraduate Research Opportunities

What is it?

The Common Core Undergraduate Research Opportunities provides the platform for all undergraduate students to undertake research individually or in a small group through the following programmes:

Whether you would like to take part in an international contest on SDGs, explore the Critical Zones in your field, build collaborative research networks with students from Utrecht, or start your own research project with a faculty mentor, this is an opportunity to build your competencies around communication, collaboration, planning, and research.

Research at the Common Core

The Common Core takes “research” as any set of practices that formalizes, however modestly, a set of questions that move you into your own curiosity and into greater knowledge of how the world operates. This encompasses a wide range of fields from the arts through the humanities, social sciences, law, and the range of the different physical and natural sciences.

We encourage research organized around any of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (


  • Create or inflect new knowledge, explore your deepest questions, build the skills and networks useful for your future.
  • Work across disciplines, cultures, and social sectors.
  • Build a local, regional, and international network to enhance your own career plans.
  • Develop your communication, collaborative, and research skills.
  • Finally, gain experience in a meaningful research project and build up your academic portfolio!