Why participate in Undergraduate Research?
There are many reasons to choose to do undergraduate research. One of the main reasons is to get involved in and learn more about the subject matter that interests you most. When you are able to apply what you have learned in the classroom to a research project, it makes the material come alive.
Another reason to become involved in an undergraduate research project is the chance to get to know, and work closely with, a faculty member and his/her research group. Professors can be very intimidating at times, but by working with them, and contributing to their research, you begin to realize that they really are just like you (a regular person).
By choosing to work with a particular professor on a research project, you are also able to develop and improve your skills that will help prepare you for the work force. Most of these skills you will most likely not have obtained from a regular classroom environment.
What are the benefits to conduct research as an undergraduate?
There are numerous benefits to research, including but not limited to:
- Developing problem solving skills
- Developing skills that help in critical analysis and forming conclusions
- Developing communication skills and working independently
- Understanding and applying research methods
- Understanding the link between academics and the real world
- Utilizing technology and computer programs
- Learning to think in innovative and creative ways
- Working successfully with a diverse group of people