Through the Undergraduate Research for the Common Good program, YHC celebrates the accomplishments of its students in pursuing research during their academic careers by designating students as Undergraduate Research Scholars. These students have conducted multiple research projects during their YHC career and demonstrated leadership and academic maturity in their endeavors. They typically have presented their work at state and regional conferences, exhibited work to the general public, and/or published their work for review by their peers in their respective fields. They have earned the respect of students, faculty, and staff for their pursuit of knowledge and attempts to tackle authentic problems whose solution will serve the common good.
Students can receive this honor during the spring semester prior to graduation and are nominated by a faculty mentor. Nominated students then complete an application form to apply for this designation. A committee of faculty and staff that represents all areas of the college selects the recipients for this award.