Why should I conduct research as an undergraduate?
Undergraduate research is one of the best ways to learn more about a subject that interests you. It allows you to apply what you've learned in class, explore a specific topic in greater depth, and interact closely with your faculty mentor. The experience may help you make decisions about attending graduate school and can enhance your career opportunities. And the skills you learn conducting research-investigation, analysis, reasoning, and communication-are essential in today's information economy.
Is research only for science majors?
Absolutely not! Students in all academic disciplines conduct research and creative activities. Researchers work in the arts and humanities, social sciences, education, and across disciplinary boundaries-so there is no shortage of possibilities.
Is research just for juniors and seniors?
Our programs are open to all students. Many freshmen and sophomores are currently conducting research successfully in the science areas.
How do I get started?
You should talk to your professors and let them know you're interested in doing research. Many of them have ongoing projects that you can become part of. You can also let a faculty member know about a particular question, problem, or field of study that interests you.
Will undergraduate research help me after graduation?
Conducting undergraduate research provides an advantage when seeking employment or admission to graduate or professional school, but it carries many other benefits as well. Undergraduate research is a way for you to enhance your educational experience, learn more about yourself, gain confidence, and contribute new knowledge to a particular discipline.