What is undergraduate research?
Undergraduate research is ‘an inquiry or investigation conducted by a student that makes an original or creative contribution to the discipline’ From the Council on Undergraduate Research
Undergraduate research is an educational collaboration between the undergraduate student and faculty member. Our faculty are active scholars (link to Faculty Research page), and regularly involve undergraduate students in their research endeavors. Research projects involve inquiry, experimental design, investigation, data analysis and drawing conclusions and take place on and off campus, in labs and in natural environments. Students can perform research during the academic year and/or summer and can fill the senior capstone requirement by doing research. Fellowships for summer research are available for our students.
Research students often present their findings in a variety of ways: through oral presentations, published articles and posters at on campus exhibitions and conferences at the local, state or national level.
What is the benefit of performing research?
Undergraduate research students benefit in many ways from the experience:
Capstone Research – All our seniors are required to complete a Senior Capstone. A research experience that combines significant learning experiences with written communication and oral presentation skills fulfills the requirements for this capstone experience.
Read what some of our research students say about their experiences:
See what are former students say about their research experiences here!