Engaging in research or working on a creative activity as an undergraduate student is a fantastic way to work closely with prominent faculty members and researchers, learn more about an area of interest, apply classroom knowledge, and expand skills while building your professional resume.
Undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activities describe collaborations between students and faculty members in the sciences, arts, humanities, and social sciences. It is inquiry into an area or investigation that allows an undergraduate student to make a unique contribution (intellectual, original, or creative) to their field.
This contribution can be in the form of new knowledge, interpretation of knowledge, or artistic/creative performance.
Benefits of Participating in Undergraduate Research
Undergraduate Research provides students opportunities to:
- Enhance ability in communicating through various methods
- Work with other peers and professionals, individually or as a group
- Engage and empower hands-on learning
- Enhance the student learning experience through mentoring relationships with faculty and/or mentor
- Provide effective career preparation and promotes graduate education
- Develop critical thinking, creativity, problem solving, self confidence, and intellectual independence
- Learn about issues, methods, and trends in research area